Throughout my many travels I'm frequently asked by persons who don't know much about Mormons, Are Mormons Christians? With a smile I always give the same answer, "Yes we are, very much so."

Mormons quite often are referred to as Latter-Day Saint Christians due to the official name of the church which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But it's more than just a name, Latter-Day Saints strive daily to live the life of Christ and abide by his teachings and those of his apostles.

The Bible tells us the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. (Acts 11:26) The word Christian means “a follower of Christ" but the word disciple means “student” or “pupil.” Hence a true Christian is not someone who simply says they believe in Christ but rather someone who ardently follows and studies the Savior their entire lives. Mormons do exactly that, therefore we are very much Christian in the truest sense of the word.

Friday, January 1, 2016

'Understanding Your Endowment' provides insight for LDS templegoers

(by Rachel Chipman 12-30-15)

Temple ordinances of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are rich with symbolism and teachings. As Utah native Cory B. Jensen's daughter prepared to receive her endowment, Jensen wanted her to understand enough to appreciate the significance of her temple covenants.

With this goal, he wrote an exploration of the symbolism and doctrine of LDS temple ordinances that was the basis for his recent book, "Understanding Your Endowment."

Jensen, a temple worker currently serving in the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple, uses the scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets to explain the significance of temple clothing, temple architecture and other aspects of temple ordinances. Jensen uses only the most credible sources and largely limits himself to canonized scripture and the words of presidents of the LDS Church.

Jensen also explores ancient cultures to explain to modern-day readers the meaning certain actions would have had to earlier disciples of Christ. For example, in biblical times, Jensen explains, two people making a covenant would often exchange clothing. This gift of clothing symbolized a gift of identity and status. In the Bible, readers can note this in the stories of Jonathon and David and of the prodigal son and his father, as well as in Paul's admonition to put on the armor of God.

"Understanding Your Endowment" is geared toward members of the LDS Church who are preparing to receive or have recently received temple ordinances. However, any religious reader could find insight into his or her relationship with God through reading this book.

The author tastefully refers to the religious symbolism of war and sexuality.


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