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I am a 20 year old college student who enjoys many things, most of which are sedentary in nature (there are a few exceptions, but not many). I am a writer, a nerd, and I'm a Mormon.
What's the difference between "Mormon" and "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints"?
"Mormon" is used as a blanket term by many to refer to anyone who uses the Book of Mormon. There are actually 3 groups that do: The Fundamentalist LDS, the Community of Christ, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am a member of the last.
The first split happened after Joseph Smith Jr.’s death. Some believed his son, Joseph Smith III should be the next leader (They are the Community of Christ today), while others followed Brigham Young.
The next split happened in the 1920s when Lorin C Woolley, a polygamist who was excommunicated from the LDS church, claimed another line of priesthood. They became the FLDS.
Most do not mind the term “Mormon” but some will still correct you if you use it simply because of this confusion that can occur.
Why can people be baptized into the faith after they have died?
The process of baptism for the dead is something that is done for those who have passed and were not able to be baptized in life. Baptism is an ordinance that can only be done with a body, so as the dead are spirits they cannot do it for themselves.
It is very important to remember that after the baptism is performed the deceased has the choice to accept or not. Everything proceeds on earth as if they accepted (because we do not know if they did or not) but it is a choice that is completely up to them.
A friend of mine is mormon. Recently, I found out that he had left to go over-seas to Italy for two years. He left his sophomore year of college as an engineer for /TWO YEARS/ to go to Italy as a missionary. Furthermore, his name on his facebook profile has changed and it seems that someone else is giving updates for him in his name/the other name while he's there. What's going on? Could he have waited until after college/gone before college? Is there something significant about the name? Etc???
He has left for his mission trip. All young men ages 18-21 are supposed to go on one. Most try to do it before school so as to not interfere with the learning process, so it is a bit strange he waited till sophomore year, but not unheard of. He could have waited till after college, but putting it off is discouraged.
As for the name change, is it “Elder (Surname)”? If so he probably just changed it to signify he is now on his mission. Depending on what the updates are he probably gave a close friend or family member access so others could keep updated of his progress while he is gone. The only thing Missionaries are supposed to do as far as keeping in contact with people back home is letter writing (as well as one phone call home on Christmas and Mother’s Day)
Did I answer everything? If not, please feel free to send me another ask!
About to go to church. Having some Asks when I get back would be kinda nice.
Brothers and sisters, the most powerful Being in the universe is the Father of your spirit. He knows you. He loves you with a perfect love. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf
God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf
How you deal with life’s trials is part of the development of your faith. Strength comes when you remember that you have a divine nature, an inheritance of infinite worth. - Russell M. Nelson
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
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