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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This FAQ list is of frequently asked questions about Latter-day Saint beliefs, Mormonism, and other issues related to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Can I Worship at a Mormon Church?
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meet together every Sunday to participate in the ordinance of the sacrament. Visitors are always welcome to worship with us, but what should you expect if you attend an LDS church service?

Are Mormons Christians?
One of the most common accusations Latter-day Saints contend with is the misconception that Mormons, or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are not Christians. So, are Mormons Christians?

How Do I Return to the LDS Church?
I've been thinking about coming back to the LDS Church, what would it take? Would I have to be re-baptized? How do I return to LDS Church?

What is Truth?
A testimony is when you know something is true, but how do you receive one? Follow each of these important steps to know if something is true, if you do you will receive a strong testimony of it.

What is Modern Revelation?
What is modern revelation and why do we need a living prophet?

What are the LDS Scriptures?
What are the LDS Scriptures, or in other words, what scriptures do members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints use? Find out in this FAQ.

What is a Prophet?
What is a prophet and why do we need one? Learn the purpose for God's chosen servants, what prophets teach and testify of, and the reality of living prophets.

What is the Priesthood?
In the LDS Church we believe in the priesthood but what does that mean? What is the priesthood? Find out in this FAQ what the priesthood is and what is done with the priesthood.

How to Have an Eternal Family
Returning to God's presence and becoming an eternal family is the main purpose of God's plan of salvation. Learn how to have an eternal family so you, your spouse and your children can be together forever.

What is a Mormon Temple?
What is a Mormon temple and what do members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do there? Who can enter a temple? Learn about Mormon temples including ordinances, covenants, clothing, worthiness, and more.

Is the Devil Real?
Yes, the devil is real, but how do we know this? Find out in this article about the reality of Satan.

What is the Difference Between Transgression and Sin?
In the Mormon Church we talk about Adam's transgression but what is the difference between transgression and sin? Find out in this FAQ on transgressions and sins in relation to the fall of Adam and Eve.

What Mormons Believe About Original Sin
What do Mormons Believe About Original Sin? Are we punished for the Fall of Adam and Eve? Find out in this detailed article about original sin and what Mormons believe.

Who Are the Sons of Perdition?
In the scriptures we read about the sons of perdition, but who are the sons of perdition and what does it mean to be a son of perdition? Find out in this FAQ.

Do Mormons Worship Joseph Smith?
If you've heard much about us "Mormons" you may have heard that we worship someone named Joseph Smith. Who is this man? Do we worship Joseph Smith?

How many Mormons Are There in the World?
Find out the total Mormon population worldwide and how Church membership has grown exponentially in a little over 175 years.

How to Get a Free Bible
In less than two minutes submit a request for a free Bible.

What LDS Ordinances Do Mormons Perform?
What LDS ordinances are performed by Mormons in their temples? Find out in this FAQ on LDS ordinances.

What is a Temple Marriage?
What does it mean to have a temple marriage? Why do Mormons get married in temples? And how can a family be together forever and not just until death do you part?

Do Babies Need to Be Baptized?
Throughout history and during these modern days, there are those who believe infant baptism is necessary, but do babies need to be baptized? Find out in this FAQ on infant baptism.

What is the Doctrine and Covenants?
Where did this Mormon book of scripture come from and of what value is it? Find out what the Doctrine and Covenants is in this FAQ and why it is unique.

How to Fast
Do you want to know how to fast? Follow these steps to begin and end a proper fast.

What is an LDS Mission?
Serving an LDS mission usually means dedicating a specific amount of time to the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Find out more about the why, who, how, and where of LDS missions.

Can Mormons Divorce?
How do Mormons divorce and what is a temple divorce? Members who've had a Temple marriage, or been sealed in a Mormon temple, can have a temple divorce. This process is called a temple sealing cancellation but how does it work?

How to Overcome Addiction and Destructive Habits
What is addiction and how can you be healed from a life that has become unmanageable? Learn about overcoming addiction and other destructive habits through the LDS Church's free addiction recovery programs.

What is the Church's Policy on Gay Marriage?
This article explains how God loves all His children, the difference between same-sex behaviors and feelings, how there's hope for those who struggle with same-sex attraction, and the Church's position on this issue including the Church's involvement with Proposition 8.

Do Some Latter-day Saints Practice Polygamy?
Have you heard that some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints practice polygamy? If so you've been sadly misinformed. Learn the truth in this FAQ.

Eight Reasons Why LDS Temples are Important
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints focuses on building LDS temples, but why? Why are temples so important to Latter-day Saints? This list is of the top eight reasons why LDS temples are important.

What are the Dating Rules for Mormons?
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we have high standards regarding LDS dating. What are those standards? Why should you wait until 16 before dating and who should you date? Also learn how proper dating will prepare you for a mission and temple marriage.

What is the Law of Chastity?
We believe in being chaste, but what does that mean? What is sexual purity and the law of chastity? How does one stay (or become) sexually pure?

Is Abortion Wrong?
When is Abortion wrong and when is it okay? How can you know the truth and know if abortion, marriage, or adoption are right or wrong for you? Find out in this article that answers the question, is abortion wrong?

How Can I Know Who to Marry?
Learn how to build a strong relationship through dating and courtship such as becoming best friends, choosing the right person, and building a foundation upon Jesus Christ.

What is the Book of Mormon and Where did it Come From?
The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, is an account of God's dealings with different groups of people who lived on the American continent. The history recounts how the people left Jerusalem, had prophets called of God, and were visited by Jesus Christ.

How Can I Get a Free Book of Mormon?
Request a free Book of Mormon in less than two minutes by following these steps.

Does the Book of Mormon Violate Revelations 22:18-19 by Adding to the Bible?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is often accused of adding more scripture to the Bible, in conflict with Revelation 22:18. Is the LDS Church violating this warning by adding additional scriptures to the Bible?

Questions about Baptism
Why be baptized? Who should be baptized and how? What are baptisms for the dead?

Questions about the Holy Ghost
What is it, what does it do, how do you feel it, and what is the Gift of the Holy Ghost?

Do Latter-day Saints Believe We are Saved by Faith or Works?
One of the most frequent questions members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are asked is what we believe about being saved. Are individuals saved by faith in Christ (by God's grace) or by good works?

What is Fasting and How Do We Fast?
Fasting in the LDS Church means to abstain from eating and drinking for at least two consecutive meals. During this time you focus on the spiritual by putting aside the temporal. Learn how to make a fast personal and what a fast offering is.

What are LDS Garments or Mormon Underwear?
One of the things people sometimes hear about members of the LDS Church is that we wear a strange underclothing, some kind of Mormon underwear. What they are referring to is the LDS garment, but what is it?

What is the LDS Church's Stand on Abuse?
Unfortunately, all forms of abuse, from physical to emotional, can sometimes be found among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Learn what the LDS Church teaches about abuse.

Do Mormon Women Hold the Priesthood Through Their Husbands?
Sometimes people ask questions regarding the woman's role in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Once such question is if Mormon women "hold the priesthood" through their husbands.

How Can I Study the Bible and Other Scriptures?
This list of 10 Scripture Study Techniques are great for developing a study of the Bible or other scripture.

What is Family Home Evening?
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe in unified families and one of the best ways to help our families be strong is through holding regular Family Home Evening.

What is the Pearl of Great Price?
Where did the Pearl of Great Price come from and how is it a book of scripture? Find out about this Mormon book of scripture in this FAQ on the Pearl of Great Price.

What is a Patriarchal Blessing?
Do you know what a Patriarchal Blessing is? If not here's the answer, and even if you do you might learn something new. Also find out how to get a copy of a Patriarchal Blessing.

Do Mormons Practice Polygamy?
One issue that draws an incredible amount of attention to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that of polygamy. Media coverage regarding polygamy, or polygamous groups, is often confusing and misleading.

Is the Angel Moroni a Resurrected Being?
Find a detailed answer in this FAQ.

Why do Mormons Store Food?
What should be stored? Where do I get the money? And should I share my food storage?

What is LDS Church's Teaching on Prostitution?
Questions: All the religions take a dim view of prostitution, but some teach that it is bad but should be tolerated as a necessary evil. Others allow prostitution no space whatever. And so, what do the Mormons say?

Questions about the Death of Animals
An article with great quotes and thoughts to help in understanding the death of loved pets.

How Can I Locate Lost Latter-day Saints?
Trying to find a lost LDS friend? Check out this LDS FAQ that lists different ways to try and find your lost friend including posting to the LDS News Forum, contacting the Church's membership department, and visiting a new site called LDS3D.

FAQ: Which Teas are Okay to Drink?
I was asked the question: "I've heard that some herbal teas are Okay to drink, but could you please clarify what is allowed and what isn't?" So in the Word of Wisdom which herbal teas are Okay to drink?

Where Can I Purchase New Era Posters?
Interested in purchasing some of the New Era Posters? Find out where and how.

Where is Kolob?
Question: Please can you tell me where the planet Kolob is where, according to mormon theology, God lives?

How Can I Advertise on About LDS?
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Melanie Cooper, Previous About LDS Guide
Melanie Cooper was the previous and first About LDS Guide. She was the guide from 1997 until June 2002.

Should Mothers Work Outside the Home?
Is it wrong for mothers to work outside the home when they have small children? Up to what age? What about teenagers? Find out in this FAQ on working mothers.

Are Mormon Women Oppressed?
Some people, and at times the media, seem to believe that Mormon women are oppressed. They may say that Mormon women are an oppressed majority within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Do Mormon women really feel this? Are Mormon women really oppressed?

Do Mormon Men Use the Priesthood to Control Women?
Do Mormon men control their wives using the Patriarchal Order? Read this FAQ to find out the proper meaning and use of the Patriarchal Order and...

What is an Apostle?
What is an Apostle and why does Jesus Christ choose men to be His apostles? Learn of this holy appointment, including the calling of the original Twelve Apostles and that of Latter-day Apostles.

Why is the Sacrament Performed Each Week?
If you're a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then you've seen this ordinance performed each Sunday, but why do we partake of the sacrament each week? What is the purpose of the sacrament? Why is it so significant that it is done each week?

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