By Douglas J. Davies
Even supposing one of many quickest turning out to be spiritual hobbies on the planet, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to be a secret when it comes to its center ideals and theological constitution. This well timed ebook offers a massive creation to the fundamental heritage, doctrines and practices of The LDS--the "Mormon" Church. Emphasizing sacred texts and prophecies in addition to the an important Temple rituals of endowments, marriage and baptism, it truly is written by means of a non-believer, who describes Mormonism in ways in which non-Mormons can comprehend.
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Joseph Smith’s personal religious quest, combining a ‘magical mysticality’, Adventist millenarianism and popular intellectualism resulted in a mass movement of people, and many converts were made within North America, with many more drawn from Europe, especially from Great Britain and Scandinavia. The Latter-day Saints called this ‘the gathering’ or ‘gathering to Zion’, and in all probability it ensured the long-term survival of the Church. This gathering offers one of the clearest examples of a theological idea inﬂuencing social action: the Second Coming of Christ prompted the social response of migration and settlement.
Although the motif of ‘key’ is found in the New Testament (Matthew 16: 19; Luke 11: 52; Rev. 1: 18; 3: 7; 9: 1; 20: 1), its relatively low proﬁle is far from that accompanying the subsequent development of the image of ‘the keys’ in Roman Catholic ecclesiology. The LDS approach, by contrast, is even more developed, though it took time to emerge and is not, for example, present in the Book of Mormon. Given the way in which biblical passages often either recur or are echoed within the Book of Mormon, one might expect to ﬁnd ‘keys’ occurring in relation to passages about the ‘rock’, or 42 An Introduction to Mormonism Peter, as the foundation on which God would establish the church.
Still, there is a developing and cumulative sense that they complement each other to ensure the ultimate beneﬁt of human beings. In fact the LDS approach to dispensations renders redundant any strict succession of truths since it argues that in each era of human existence the cluster of truths and practices necessary for salvation have been present, even if largely unrecorded. It is even argued, for example, that doctrines concerning the fall, faith in Christ, and the need for atonement ‘were taught in each era from Adam’s day onward whenever there were living prophets selected by the Lord’ (Lasseter 1992: 389).
An Introduction to Mormonism (Introduction to Religion) by Douglas J. Davies