I’ve never heard that. Am I committing a sin if I convert? Mormons are taught not to drink any kind of alcohol (see D&C 89:5–7 ). Your purpose is to come unto Christ and be perfected in Him. No, women do not need to dress unattractively. – Happy winter, from Jamie and the family! Recently I welcomed Elders of my ward into my home and I can’t believe how deep our heavenly father has touched me in a very short time. This leads me to my question: would I be permitted to be Mormon if I believed in these things? Does this mean your people think I’m going to hell (or whatever you guys call it)? This religion and its followers honestly have a bad reputation, and I don\’t see why! As a little girl,I was alone much of my time. You stated that mormans are not to engage in same sex relationships but then stated you have members that are.. how does that work.. are they accepted by the church and it’s congregassion? If you’d like to learn a bit more about why I believe in Christ and am a Mormon, read this page. I swear and I’ve had sex and I’m honestly not the best person. I am not religious nor do I wish to become religious.  We’ve been encouraged to exercise our minds and become the best that we can. Thanks so much for your time! So, can anyone visit a temple? That’s another topic for another day. prohibition on using illegal or recreational drugs. Just as a string seems to hold a kite back, cutting that string shows that it was actually what kept the kite in the air. You wouldn't be able to do any of these activities Mormons have banned. According to the Mormon faith, God spoke this law directly to Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church. 3. I had heard about the religion a lot, I had just never taken the time to learn more about it until just now. Hi I am a lds 13year old and I have lots of friends boys and girls but I’m not allowed to do anything with my friends that are girls but can do any thing with my friends that are boys. If you aren’t comfortable with that, just approach your friend and ask if you can go to church with him this Sunday. Thanks for your comment, Mixhelle. I think you first need to decide what you church you believe is God’s way, and then follow.  We are taught to be honest with our fellow men and to deal fairly with other people. Q: What can Mormons not do? Because it seems that you’re asking for the church’s official position on this question, you can read this article to understand that.  We take the money we would have spent on food (or more), and donate it to those who are in need. In the end, I am a firm believer that Joseph Smith was God’s prophet. I noticed the beauty of the center of each piece of a rose, not to mention the smell and the beauty of it as a whole. I don’t think you’re being told the entire story. I am hurt and confused. It is impossible to second-guess what happened in a particular situation without having the FULL information that those in a disciplinary council had. 4. They manipulated people saying the contrary of what they were telling us. Some of these rules might be considered sexist or otherwise prejudiced, but those rules are not all that different from the rules of many other religions. This includes prescription drugs for which the user does not have a prescription. You dear jim You frankly will never find another purpose to life.  I ask for strength to do what is right, and for help for those around me who I know are in need. THANK YOU!! Thanks for helping me understand your religion a little bit better. Thank you for your sincere comment in trying to understand my beliefs. The one solution to his problem that he wouldn’t allow was the ONLY solution there really was. Nope! I’m going off of what I’ve read thus far and also a good amount of stuff I’ve googled trying to get a grasp of what you guys believe. If that involves converting to another religion, then so be it. and when i meet her parents i want to tell them because I don’t see why i should lie but I dont want them to ban be from her and i dont want to hurt her. Over time, some embraced the cross as a symbol and others avoided its use. Passing off such obvious fraud as the word of God is tragically blasphemous.  Just the fact that you were searching for this shows to me that you care about respecting the religion of others. The sun does come every morning ..there is a miracle about you ever day. All of these things are untrue, but Mormons do abide by a lot of rules laid down by their church. If it doesn’t turn out like that, talk to the girl you love, and see what she has to say. There is a difference in the church between actual teachings of the … Thank you for asking. I own an online company where I create websites which are read by millions of people. There’s a lot to explain here as you brought up many different things, but I’ll do my best to accomplish that in a short comment. Wow, this post has brought so much comfort to me in a time of need. Once i see some proof, I’ll take everything i’ve ever said back. You mentioned that you don’t understand why people base much of their lives on an ancient book that they don’t even know whether it’s true. Thanks so much. When ready, potential converts will be asked to join the missionaries for a service with the local congregation. The church has a GREAT page that clearly explains the official stance on gay marriage and same-sex relationships. My family has never been the religious type and I’ve always thought for a while we didn’t believe in god (that isn’t rue we just do t go to church) but when my boyfriend told me he was Mormon I had no idea what he was talking about. I am very confused as to why coffee would be more harmful. Not one member of the staff there judged me for not having the same beliefs as them and my employer had a very important position in the church. Great question, Alexandra. Or Pepsi? I too would be concerned if these were true. Thank you for this article. I try to go to church as much as I can I just walk to it on Sundays. Since then I sort of lost contact with it, but I\’ve recently come back into contact and I\’ve learned some things. Any other religion is deemed wrong. But this really help me my sister has argued with me about this saying that I’m not allowed to drink soda and how I can’t celebrate Christmas because she only knows what she had heard about Mormons. Good question, Brandi.  Retired couples can also choose to serve a mission if they choose.  Mormons believe the family is essential to God’s plan, so we don’t do anything that could jeopardize that. Beeing a lutheran myself with catholic family members, I am absolutely amazed at the mormon people. There are 150 Mormon temples around the world. Good luck! However, we are in a society where it is unrealistic to expect everyone to treat others well. <3 kind regards from Jingles, Denmark.. I appreciate your desire to do the right thing. So they’re allowed to feel attraction but they’re never allowed to act on it and can’t start their own families? My brother has been called to a very influential calling in our stake for youth and I don’t view these actions as something other youth should be exposed to and think is the way. I have been in limbo spiritually for some time. Temple marriage. Why is the to so many room I couldn’t walk that. Hey! Members of the church make terrible mistakes just like in all religions. Even though you aren’t religious, I just want you to know that if there is a God out there he loves you and who you are no matter what and in his eyes you are perfect and beautiful in every way. And extremely polite and well mannered… with hoy a single exceptión. Just pray one time. I don’t think there is an argument about Joseph Smith or the history of the church I haven’t heard. 3. 1. It will be the best decision you ever make. Alma 11:23 We believe that we must all accept Jesus Christ’s full gospel in order to progress, but that many may not understand that truth in life and will not be sent to hell just because they didn’t immediately accept it here on earth. They told me that they left because they could no longer participate in what they called “Lying for God”. No foul language. I worked in an office where the vast majority practiced mormanism and I definitely didn’t didn’t follow the guidelines that the your church expects. Believers are encouraged to eat proper portions of food and not waste or overindulge. I have never ONCE heard anything like what you are describing at our church–EVER. @Kate – First of all, thank you for taking the time to learn about your friends’ beliefs. He’ll be THRILLED! And Amulek said, oh though child of hell, why tempt he me? Hi Peter. They also follow a general dress codethat … Hi there!! You can grow your faith by taking small actions and allowing God’s light to fill you with each one, which will make you feel strong enough to take another action. I will say this much. Last summer a retired Mormon psychology professor in Logan told me that it does not matter what I do.  The 10 commandments in the Bible says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”. I am a Methodist and live in a region where rumors run rampant. What else should I be doing? At church you’ll find people who struggle with addictions, vices, and sins of every kind. Thank you for your comment. I have an emptiness inside that I’m not sure will ever be filled, childhood trauma finds me at 48 not married and childless so I’m unsure what my purpose here is.. I’m not seeking to find a new church as such but I felt compelled to say hi & tears have sprung, which they haven’t for a very long time when talking about my experience of religion, so thank you again for provoking emotion in me. A quick side-note.  The official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  We like to use the official name of the church because it emphasizes our faith in Jesus Christ.  This article was written originally with the word “Mormon” repeated throughout, which isn’t the proper way to refer to the church.  Members of the church are properly referred to as “Latter-Day Saints.”, But, you googled for a list of the rules of conduct that Mormons live by, and you’ll get it. Things will turn out just fine, I’m sure. Mormons, unlike many religions, do not believe you have to be Mormon to be a “real” Christian or a good person.  I choose to follow God’s commandments because I want to be happy, and I believe the commandments are the right foundation for helping me to be a good man. Sorry to trouble you. I enjoyed reading the article. They were hypocrites. She would only allow me to visit him if she, her husband and her other kids came along for the visit. I kind if have an issue….My mom is a Catholic but my dad is a Christian however we haven’t been in a church for a couple of years now. Thank you for your post….I love it! Since 2 months old. Good question. Thank you so much for the lovely explanation on what Mormans believe and generally how they try to live! My faith in Christ is the most important aspect of my life, and this blog is where I get to share my beliefs. The list of what people THINK Mormons do is probably longer than the list of things we actually avoid. But are you perhaps thinking that if any member of a church sins, that the church must be wrong? I just do what I can to show what my religion is REALLY about. Smoking or chewing tobacco is prohibited by the Word of Wisdom. The best way I can describe it is I didn’t know that worship in the LDS church is something I already knew in my heart. Fast at least monthly.  We believe that teens should be careful to develop wholesome relationships in high school and should wait to develop serious boyfriend/girlfriend type relationships until they are of age to start courting and marrying. I was once a Mormon. Water is the Devil (Literally) If you are a Mormon, stay away from the water! You bet! They did not respect the different values of the company. However, we believe that the Priesthood authority from God is only in our church. 4. Although there is a WEALTH of evidence supporting the Book of Mormon, there is no CONCLUSIVE evidence. Brigham Young had 55 wives (the youngest being 15 at the time of marriage) and helped instigate the callous loss of life in the 1850s including the Mountain Meadows Massacre. This has caused me and my family so much heartache. All of us have weaknesses, struggles, trials, and none of us are perfect. Ive never done anything to her. Sugar is also addictive and unhealthy and changes brain chemicals–why would that not be mentioned? ha im not mormon but the girl i love is, so far the only thing that may affect that is that i smoke marijuana. Then , after many years of NO communication with the church, a so called home teacher would show up at my door ! I grew up in the church with an active family. How do gay couples of the church get married or how do they support the church if gay marriage isn’t supported, or is it? Mormons are advised not to get tattoos and to limit body piercings to a single pair of plain earrings for women. Growing up I always heard the rumors and false stories that I didn’t know were false til now. I lose to drink coffee and sweet tea not anymore my like has change so much now. That experience can easily hurt someone’s faith. Finding that connection makes everything in life meaningful.”. Hi Jim. Why does the LDS Church dislike empirical research? I learned they behaved the same way in another company. Hiya. I’m not picking fights with anyone or arguing anything. I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about our beliefs. It has been so long now, that I have lost my testimony. Read the scriptures daily.  Why? Request a completely free missionary visit. If that were actually the case that I did not have any idea if the book were true, I would totally agree with you. I fail to see how the fact that their religious liberties were taken somehow proves that our church is wrong. Well thanks for this I was really curious! still i get crickets and excuses why he cant talk to me or her bring him to visit on his own or even with them. It is ABSOLUTELY contrary to church policy for anyone to be excommunicated simply for asking questions about something they don’t understand. No abortion. I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is literally an entire department of the church which is dedicated to history and research of the church. We do not worship Joseph Smith. Mormon Rules: What Mormons Can Eat When people talk about the Mormon health code, known as the Word of Wisdom, they tend to focus on what we can’t have—coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs—and forget that this code also tells us what we should eat. Mormon Rules on Hair Styles. I have found some Baptists to be extremely intolerant of anyone who is not Baptist and speak of Catholics as Satanic. If you think it’s not possible for God to accept that, in certain cultures and times, polygamy can be allowed to exist, then it doesn’t take much to understand how Joseph Smith also did so. this article is especially beneficial to me as I am a theology/Philosophy major at Sacred Heart University, which makes me um… like… one of twelve others 😂🤣🤣. I am a Christian (Baptist). 🙂. Interesting post. I have been very prejudice towards mormons, after living in Utah for 9 months with potheads and other non-mormons and having heard all the rumors. Thank you for posting this as I was truly interested in the different guidelines. I am 62 and a Catholic. Women and girls need to dress modestly and unattractively so that the boys and men do not develop any sexual thoughts. My sister’s husband is Mormón. Drinking alcohol is prohibited by the Word of Wisdom. Some of your questions are pretty in-depth so I’d encourage you to go to Mormon.org and request a visit from missionaries who could spend much more time than we can have in the comment section of this blog 🙂, Yes, I believe Joseph Smith was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ and given direction to create this church. So, I am honestly a Christian (Baptist). I find Mormonism a little far out, but seriously! You also mentioned Mormon pioneers. 2. I'm Jim Harmer, and I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I wish I had so much discipline in my life. People of any colour are cursed. I don’t feel I should need to do so again since Jesus died on the cross for my sins. We believe that all religions which teach of God have some truth in them and we believe that they do good things. This is his first girlfriend ever he is 17 and she is 20.  The 10 commandments say, “Thou shalt not kill.”  Church leaders have opened the possibility for abortion in extreme instances of danger to the mother’s life, incest, and rape. Thanks for sharing your way of life. I am part of the LGBT community and I often get tired of people being so rude to me about it when i’ve done nothing to them with their excuse being, ” it’s wrong because it’s in the bible.” Straight white cis religious men actually repulse me sometimes when they try to belittle my happiness when it “threatens” their beleifs so much. No, not all Mormons follow all the commandments. He just recently dropped out of high school and will play video games for 12 hours each day. Thank you for posting this website, it was very helpful, if you could get back to me when you can I would really appreciate it. If people can still be Mormon and break those rules. I behave in a conservative manner and smile and am friendly to everyone. From some of the posts it sounds as if folks sadly have Mormons mixed up with Jehovah’s Witnesses. I hope I can remember all of this. I mean illegal drugs. A great place to learn more about that is here: https://www.mormon.org/nld/joseph-smith.  I learned Portuguese and spent two years in Brazil teaching people about Jesus Christ, providing service, and learning to become a man. It’s in the Word of Wisdom, but no one pays attention to … Just curious , what is the Church’s position on members of the Masonic lodge ? I told her we would smoke outside when he is here and she said thats fine.  Each day, members of the church read the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I hope this question doesn’t come off as rude because I don’t mean it as rude only for pure informational reasons but do you praise Joseph Smith the same as you do Jesus Christ? 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