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Published: Thursday, Dec. 8 2011 5:07 p.m. MST

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Kadin
BOUNTIFUL, UT

I am proud to be a Mormon and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Its hurtful when false, incorrect information is out there about the religion I belong to. As I've heard once, if you want to find about the truth about the LDS church you ask a Mormon not a person who left the church or a person of another religon.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

Before you can begin to think about politics at all, you have to abandon the notion that there is a war between good men and bad men. ~Walter Lippmann

sharrona
layton, UT

Re: Bill, Did you know that Jesus means Jehovah?

Jesus is a Hellenized- Anglicized form of Yeshua, which means Salvation. Yeshua never heard the name Jesus in his lifetime. He was always called Yeshua, which is similar to Joshua. David Chernoff.

they shall say to me, What is His Name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM(The Being): and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD (YHWH) God (Elohim) of your fathers, the God of Abraham.(Exodus 3:13-15)see (John 8:58)

The personal name of the God of Israel, YHWH used in the Hebrew Bible(Gods name). Every time you see LORD,all capitals,in the KJV O.T. it means (YHWH). Example, (Deut 6:4) Hear, O Israel: The LORD(YHWH) our God(Elohim), the LORD(YHWH) is One.
From LDS revelation...we learn that Jehovah is the English form of the actual Name by which the Lord Jesus was known anciently. (Mormon Doctrine p.788)

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

To Sharrona: FIrst off "Mary and Joseph did not need to be taugh the deep significance of the name Jesus. The Hebrew root from which it is derirved Yehoshua or Jehosua, means 'Jehovah is salvation'." Elder Russell M. Nelson

Go anywhere on the internet and look up YHWH and you will find it means Jehovah. Also Elohim is the Father, Lord is Jehovah. Therefore, you have two different names for two different individuals. The question was asked of donn at one time what did Christ do with his resurrected body. Why was it so important for the apostels to feel and see his resurrected body? Why did they have the opportunity to feel and see the marks of the nails in his feet, hands and wrist? Why was it necessary to feel of the wound in his side if he no longer has a resurrected body. Why is it important for everyone to be baptized to enter into the kingdom of God, per the Bible is everyone is going to be through his grace any way? Why is it important for us to repent and to forgive if we are saved by his grace only?

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Bill, Elohim is the Father, Lord is Jehovah. Therefore, you have two different names for two different individuals.Wrong,

Strongs H.#430 Elohim d.the(true) God. H.#3068 Yĕhovah 1.the proper name of the one true God. God is His title YHWH is his name. They are the same person.

Mormons/Jehovah's Witnesses spell YHWH wrong as "Jehovah" is the fact that the letter "J" doesn't even exist in Hebrew, Greek..
The spelling Jehovah appeared first during the 1762-1769 editing of the KJV Bible. The transcription Jehovah is nothing but a misunderstanding by Christian translators of Jewish reading traditions

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a *Spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.(Luke 24:39)God[is]*Spirit (John 4:24)The Father.

Why is it important for us to repent and to forgive if we are saved by his grace only?
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins..(1John 1:8)

JasonM
OREM, UT

Let mormons define themselves? It does seem like a nice ethic. Too bad it isn't consistent with LDS position on fundamentalist mormons, who also call themselves christians and mormons. The LDS Church has asked the media to to refrain from using the word mormon for any such groups, and to call them "polygamous sects" instead. The LDS Church has said that there is no such thing as a fundamentalist mormon or polygamous mormon - even though many thousands of sincere people define themselves by these terms.

Mormoncowboy
Provo, Ut

The question is, what is obscure, and what is relevant?

Obscure is a little tough to define, but relevance is anything that is material to complete understanding of an issue. If the question is whether a Mormon can be a "trusted political figure", then delving into polygamy Joseph Smith history may not be relevant. If the question is gay marriage, then the Church's own political history with marriage is relevant. If the question is Mormon origins, then most of the history is relevant.

So the question is, who should get to control the message? Well, again context is important. If the question is to just try and understand what the Mormon theological position is on things, then asking the Church is probably fine. If the question is whether things have changed, then that would probably require the Church to explain CLEARLY it's current theological position, along with the theological position stated by Church leaders throughout time in the documented history.

Ultimately however Otterstrom is asking for too much though, if he thinks that he and the Church ought to be the final voice on all reporting on Mormonism. That's just not how it works.

IMAN
Marlborough, MA

Lots of groups would like to define themselves. The NAACP,The Communist Party, The KKK, The Arian Nation, The Republicans, The Democrats, Roman Catholics to name a few. Who should or shouldn't be allowed to? What's the criteria?

sperk
PHOENIX, AZ

"...it is possible to get it right if we acknowledge...the importance of going to the source..."

What source? Conference Talks? Journal of Discourses? Or can they go to members? And what about ex members? As a former mormon, I feel my point of view is just as valid--being raised in an active family going back five generations, married in the temple to returned missionary, held several leadership callings including temple ordinance worker.

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