By Douglas J. Davies

Even supposing one of many quickest turning out to be non secular hobbies on the planet, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is still a secret when it comes to its center ideals and theological constitution. This well timed e-book offers an enormous creation to the fundamental historical past, doctrines and practices of The LDS--the "Mormon" Church. Emphasizing sacred texts and prophecies in addition to the the most important Temple rituals of endowments, marriage and baptism, it really is written through a non-believer, who describes Mormonism in ways in which non-Mormons can comprehend.

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1979: 26). He continues: ‘four great principles must be in force if there is to be agency’; indeed, he formulates his entire argument in terms of ‘principles’. Similarly, when discussing ‘doctrine’ he speaks of ‘Gospel doctrine’ as including ‘the principles and precepts, and revealed philosophies of pure religion’ (McConkie, B. R. 1979: 204). Principle and ‘law’ come to be almost synonymous when accounting for the foundational basis of thought. ‘Principle’ and ‘law’, in this sense, comprise a category of LDS thought: they are ideas necessary for thinking about everything else and are themselves non-reducible to other ideas.

Unlike many other prophetic groups, from the seventeenth through to the twentieth centuries, the LDS configuration proved successful. The sense of truth associated with this new pattern impelled Joseph Smith in his proclamation of new revelation while its acceptance by others resulted in a church. Through the committed engagement of prophet and hearer the Latter-day movement came alive and distinguished Mormonism from other groups. The Latter-day Saints believed this new configuration of belief and practice to be a divine restoration of truth to the earth, with prophecy as its means and a prophet as its leader.

Keys and persons Here ‘restoration’ itself becomes the theological idea of restoration, highlighting the fact that Mormonism speaks of itself as a restoration movement through which soteriological highways are reopened through particular individuals – reaffirming the major theme of the relational nature of Mormon theology – and highlighting the covenantal values of LDS thought and practice that come to frame those relationships. Relational and covenantal factors come to expression in the lives of particular prophets as they pursue distinctive dispensational goals.

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