In a new series of brief videos, Mormons from around the world explain more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and what its members believe. The complete series of videos are posted on the “Video Series” page. Topics range from church history and organization to humanitarian efforts and family life.
See the Church at a glance with this first video in the series.
Yesterday, I visited the local temple. It’s a place I go to feel closer to my Heavenly Father, and it’s a place where I can go to find peace, answers to questions, and to escape the chaos of the world for a few moments.
One of the unique things about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Temple. The Temple is the Lord’s house here on the earth. A temple is different than a chapel where we attend church on Sundays. In fact, the temples are closed on Sundays around the world.
Members of the Church attend the temple for several reasons:
to learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father’s plan for our happiness
to feel a greater peace when facing challenges, trials, or when making life decisions
to make sacred covenants, or promises between an individual and the Lord
to be sealed, or married for time AND all eternity, to a spouse
to perform ordinances for ancestors who may have passed away before having those ordinances performed for them such as baptism (1 Corinthians 15:2)
This video provides greater insight as to why Mormons build temples, explained by members of the Church as well as leaders of other faiths. Read more about how temples bless our lives here.
One of the greatest blessings of life and eternity is to be counted as one of the devoted disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.– James E. Faust
I attended a church conference this weekend at which several members of the church spoke on a variety of assigned topics. One of the women who spoke made reference to discipleship, and what caught my attention was how she phrased it: serious discipleship.
So, what is serious discipleship? I think that at the heart of serious discipleship is loving and serving others. Additionally, obedience to the Lord’s commandments is a principle that serious disciples of Jesus Christ strive to adhere to daily. There are times where I’ve been prompted or impressed to do something for someone else, or go and visit someone, or share my testimony of Christ with another. If I’m serious in my discipleship, I would “go and do as the Lord commands” (1 Nephi 3:7) every time. I wish I could say I always “go and do,” but I don’t. It’s something I have to recommit to daily. However, I know that with obedience comes blessings greater than what’s required, and that inspires me to be more serious in my discipleship.
Discipleship has brought purpose to my life. Knowing my relationship with God is a father-son relationship, and that the Savior Jesus Christ is my older brother, is a daily motivation to do better, be kinder, and serve more selflessly. Discipleship and obedience have brought spiritual strength to me that has helped me through challenges and trials.
Ever wonder what a Mormon Sunday service is like? Hear from a bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about the purpose of Sunday worship, what to expect when visiting, and how it brings us closer to Jesus Christ. Visitors are always welcome! To find a church service close to you, go to http://mormon.org/meetinghouse.
And I promise you’ll see more smiles than you do in the video 😉