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Mormon Thoughts

BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” BYU students take nearly a semester of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes. In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you...

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A Mormon Apostle Speaks to the Harvard Law School

Mormonism 101 is an annual series of lectures presented at Harvard Law School by the school’s Latter-day Saint Student Association.  On March 19, 2012, Mormon Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland spoke to a religiously diverse audience in the historic Langdell Hall.  In the past, speakers have included other prominent members of the Church, including Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Thomas B. Griffiths, a federal...

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Mormon Priesthood – A Chosen Generation

Keith L. Brown is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and serves as the Ward Mission Leader in the Annapolis, Maryland Ward.   Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints define the priesthood as “the eternal power and authority of God.” Members of the Church undeniably profess that through the priesthood God created and governs the heavens and the earth, and that it is through that power He...

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Do Mormons Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Samantha Murphey is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Woman) and has interned with the New York Daily News My Thanksgiving memories are a blur of ordinary things — family gatherings, fall leaves, cozy fires, parades, touch football, pumpkin pie, turkey and trimmings. Flickers and flurries and fun. My memories are dotted wits.h the classic elementary school holiday crafts — tracings of tiny hands made to...

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Translation Book Of Mormon

The exact process by which the Book of Mormon was translated is known only to Joseph Smith.  He described it as through the “gift and power of God,” and attributed the Urim and Thummim as a vehicle for translation.  From contemporary accounts of others, including his wife, Emma, Oliver Cowdery, and Martin Harris, all whom acted as scribes during the translation, it is possible to piece together some idea of the process. Joseph Smith...

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Restoration Priesthood

The priesthood is given by God to man, so that they may have the authority to act in His name. Christ gave the priesthood to the Twelve Apostles, but after the ascension of Jesus Christ, as the Apostles died or were killed the authority of the priesthood was lost. For centuries man did not have the power to act in God’s name, then in 1829, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, was translating the Book of Mormon. With Oliver...

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