Uniquely Mormon: Three Doctrines Only The LDS Church Teaches But Every Christian Wants to Believe.

Uniquely Mormon:

Three Doctrines Only The LDS Church Teaches But Every Christian Wants to Believe.

 

One of the most shocking things I have learned from my interactions with other Christians is how many of them believe doctrines only the LDS Church teaches. Often they believe their church teaches and believes them also, but they don’t. I like to call these Uniquely Mormon doctrines. These doctrines just make sense to our souls and people naturally believe them, unless taught otherwise. Here are three examples of doctrines that almost every Christian believe, yet only the LDS Church teaches.

 

1st. We Are Literal Children Of God.

 

If you ask any Christian “Are you a literal child of God?” they will almost unanimously reply “YES!” But if you ask the Pastors/Priests “Does your church teach you are literal children of God?” They will start to backtrack on their unashamed belief that they are Children of God.  Explaining that He is only our Father through the adoption of grace and that we are not really His children.

Every doctrine within Mormonism rests upon the doctrinal foundation and belief that we are literally spirit sons and daughters of God. It is the main doctrine underlining the entire Plan of Salvation! We believe that we lived with our Heavenly Father in heaven before we were born (also a uniquely Mormon belief). And because of Jesus Christ and His atoning grace, we can return home to heaven! All of this rests on the foundation that this is all possible because we are His children! Think about a doctrine or principle and quickly you will be able to connect it to this foundation. That is why Satan seeks to get us to identify by anything other than as children of God.

“It is essential that our preeminent identity is as a child of God.”
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

"it is essential that our preeminent identity is as a child of God." Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

 

2nd. Eternal Families.

 

Building off the doctrinal foundation that we are children of God, comes the belief in eternal families. I don’t think I’ve ever met a mother who did not believe they would be with their children in heaven. Or a husband who truly loves his wife who did not hope, pray, and believe his love was eternal. Yet like being children of God, no other church will teach that in heaven we are families. They believe he who decries divorce in this life, will be the great divorce lawyer in the heavens separating every family from one another.

That thought makes reason stare! God’s joy comes from being with His family, and so does ours! So why would a loving God deny His children the very things that bring Him happiness and joy? Simple, he does not. Plus, when God joined Adam and Eve together there was no death, it was an eternal marriage. Jesus did warn though that in heaven man is not given in marriage, so therefore all matters of marriage must be taken care of on earth.

“Life is eternal. The God of heaven has also made possible eternal love and eternal family relationships”
Gordon B. Hinckley
"Life is eternal. The God of heaven has also made possible eternal love and eternal family relationships" Gordon B. Hinckley

3rd. Hope For The Dead.

 

Building off being children of God leads to asking the question: “What about the millions who die without the gospel?” Are they lost? Is God batting a losing average? As far more have died without hearing about the gospel than die with it. Does he not love the billions in China? Are they not His children also?

As universal as a belief that we are God’s children is a hope, even if ever so faint that there is hope for the dead. But once again, the LDS church is the only church that believes God still loves and is merciful to the dead who die without the law. After all, even the Bible teaches about both Baptisms for the dead (1 Corinthians 15:29), and also Christ leading the missionary work among the souls of the dead (1 Peter 3:19-20 and 4:6).

The truth is simple. God is a both loving and fair, merciful and just. He truly is our loving Heavenly Father. He did not send billions of His children to earth without hope of coming home. He has provided the means whereby those who have not heard the gospel in this life can be taught the gospel hereafter (before the resurrection), to allow them to accept Christ. Truly this is what a loving Father would give His children.

 

“Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth; glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joy.”
Joseph Smith

"Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth; glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joy." Joseph Smith

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  1. Excellent article, as are all the articles I’ve read thus far. I liked the quote from the hymn, too—that was intentional, right? Haha.
    I’m glad to be able to associate myself with you as a member of the LDS church!

  2. You missed using Jeremiah 1:5 in the Old Testament to support our existence with God before this life. “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

  3. I wish they would get a bit more detailed about these beliefs. I have been a member for 25 years but many in my family are not. I believe these truths, yet when confronted with some gospel verses, these truths become misinterpreted by others. The only begotten Son of God, gives pause to those who want to proclaim that we are also literal children of God. There will be no marriage in Heaven, gives pause to proclaiming families will have the opportunity to be together in Heaven. Salvation for the those who never received the law is a bit more simplified because there are verses in the bible that address this. I get around some of these issues by proclaiming what others do strongly believe. If God is the the God of ALL creations and our spirits were created, then who created them and would that entity, being our creator, also be our father?

  4. tons of christian churches teach this. Other non Christian churches also teach these things. The difference is, many lads don’t realize that other religions believe this because they don’t have ordinances that are needed. Many teach that by grace alone that they will be with their loved ones and that there is hope for the dead.

    • No, Christian’s may believe it. But no organized denomination of Christianity other than LDS teaches these three things.

  5. This is so true especially the last one, my christian friends always ask me that question but when ever i try to explain they go all “how can you have proxy baptism” and dey all laugh but den dey never have an answer nor those their leaders answer them.

  6. Hey Bro. Goff, I love most of the things you share. I think you’re awesome! For some reason this has really been bothering me and I feel I need to say something. Yes, we definitely believe the we are children of a loving Heavenly Father, but, as the scriptures say that we need to become the children of Christ also, and I feel it is important to let the world know that we do believe that as well. Yay! Inspiation! I was just inspired by this article I’ll share. I have been searching the last week for the right words to share with you and I found just got it while writing this and stopping to search more.
    From 1985 Ensign, TO BE BORN AGAIN by Elder Theodore M. Burton
    Now, if we are born again, we must be born into a family. Into whose family are we born? Why, into the family of Jesus Christ! The scriptures refer to the Savior as the Bridegroom and to the church as the bride. Through baptism, then, we become children in that royal family, with Jesus Christ as our Father. Through the baptismal ordinance we take upon ourselves a new family name—the name of Jesus Christ. Paul states that we are thereby adopted as the sons and daughters of Jesus Christ. Note these words of Paul given to the Romans:

    “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons [and daughters] of God.

    “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

    “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

    “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him [that is, if we are obedient and serve as Jesus Christ has done], that we may be also glorified together.” (Rom. 8:14–17.)

    That the adoption process which Paul referred to is baptism is made clear in his message to the Galatians:

    “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

    “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

    “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female [in other words, it makes no difference at all what you have been in the past; through this ordinance you are now all equally children of God]: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

    “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise [to receive the same promise and blessings as were given to Abraham].” (Gal. 3:26–29.)

    Baptism is the ordinance through which this adoption is effected and through which we take upon ourselves the new family name of Christ. It is, in other words, the means by which we become Christians.

    By the ordinance of baptism and confirmation, a person is both physically and spiritually adopted as a child of Jesus Christ. You will remember that God the Father had but one physical son on this earth. That Only Begotten Son is Jesus Christ. The only way a person can be exalted into the presence of God the Eternal Father and clothed with a perfected, resurrected body of flesh and bone is through Jesus Christ, the only physical Son of God the Eternal Father. That is why the scriptures in so many places state that there is only one name given by which mankind can be saved, or, better stated, exalted, in the presence of God the Father. That name is the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus correctly said, therefore, that he is the door to the fold.

    King Benjamin, that great Book of Mormon leader, explained this clearly in the following words:

    “And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.

    “And under this head ye are made free, and there is … no other name given whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ, all you that have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obedient unto the end of your lives.

    “And it shall come to pass that whosoever doeth this shall be found at the right hand of God, for he shall know the name by which he is called; for he shall be called by the name of Christ.” (Mosiah 5:7–9.)

    When we are baptized, we actually make a new covenant with God the Eternal Father to take upon us the name of his Only Begotten Son. Jesus Christ thus becomes by adoption our covenant Father. Thus, though he was, and is, our Elder Brother, he is also now our covenant Father, and we have become his covenant sons and daughters. We desire to be respectful and show our gratitude to him for the opportunity we have to become members of his royal family.

    It was for this reason that Peter made his statement that we quote so often from his first letter:

    “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

    “Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Pet. 2:9–10; italics added.)

    Through baptism we have become adopted members of the royal family of Jesus Christ, and that is the basic reason we now call each other “brother” or “sister.” We have indeed become members of the Church, or family, of Jesus Christ.

    If we can keep that concept clearly in mind, that we are covenant children of Jesus Christ, as well as children of our Heavenly Father, it will change our lives. If we live righteously enough, we can go into the temple and be sealed into the patriarchal lineage of the Melchizedek Priesthood. We then become the covenant children of Jesus Christ even more completely. Further, as we perform vicarious work for the dead in the temples, we are given authority, as proxies, to assist in the Savior’s redemptive work of sealing together all men, women, and children in family order who are worthy of such blessings. It is in this manner that the covenant family of Jesus Christ is put into proper patriarchal order of lineage for the eternity of family life to come.

    If we truly understand the full stature of the name by which we then are called, we will live different lives. No longer will we do less than our best in our work or at school. No longer will we be dishonest in paying our bills or in the treatment of our family members, nor will we take unfair advantage of anyone in any way. Our word will be as binding on us as our bond. No longer will we be unkind to our associates or be unvirtuous or immoral or selfish in any way, either secretly or openly. We will do nothing to bring dishonor or shame to that holy name we carry as children of Jesus Christ. We will respect and honor our covenant Father, Jesus Christ, and be righteously jealous and protective of the holy name we bear. We will judge everything we do on the basis of how it might reflect on Him whose name we carry, not only on our lips but in our very hearts.

    Peter stated clearly the importance of that name as he testified of Jesus to the Jews:

    “This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

    “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:11–12.)

    Paul told how important this name becomes to us as he taught the Ephesians:

    “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” (Eph. 3:14–15.)

    Nephi, that great Book of Mormon prophet, wrote of this concept:

    “Behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved.” (2 Ne. 25:20.)

    This truth was also revealed in our own time to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the following words:

    “Behold, Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved;

    “Wherefore, all men must take upon them the name which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last day;

    “Wherefore, if they know not the name by which they are called, they cannot have place in the kingdom of my Father.” (D&C 18:23–25.)

    To repeat Jesus’ words:

    “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9.)

    Thus, through baptism we can enter through that narrow gate into the kingdom, or family, of Jesus Christ as heirs—joint heirs with Jesus Christ, our covenant Father—to all the blessings of God, our Eternal Father.

    This is one of the reasons we pray to our Heavenly Father in the name of his Son. As we make covenants with the Son, he serves as our Mediator, our Advocate, and leads us, if we will, back into the presence of God the Father. Thus, through righteous living we can receive all those blessings which God has reserved for those who are prepared to receive them. These blessings come to us through the atonement of Jesus Christ and through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, by which we take upon us the name of Jesus Christ, in Hebrew Yehoschuah Maschiach, which interpreted means, the Anointed Savior or Redeemer. Through this ordinance we can walk, at least in part, in the very footsteps of our Lord and Savior.

    I only wish I had been able to teach these principles to that stewardess before our plane landed and we were separated. Perhaps, though, I sowed a seed which will someday sprout and grow when a missionary later on contacts her and has an opportunity to explain the true meaning of being a “born-again Christian.”

    • Totally agree, the adoption of grace is a real doctrine. But it does not negate our relationship with deity. Christians often think it’s one or the other.