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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commonly use words and phrases similar to those of Christians. While the terminology may sound the same, the intended meanings are often quite different. Misunderstandings arise when words are not clearly understood, thus good communication can be severely hindered and confusing. There is a language barrier. 

The following is a list of words that will be briefly reviewed for quick reference, then each word will be more closely examined in a chapter format that will use references, for the purpose of clearer understanding and more effective ministry.

We will be  explaining these difference and linking to the words on the right. This may take me some time to do. Check back periodically. The words on the right would be good internet search words for now.  Here is one for the Aaronic priesthood for starters.


links

http://www.truthinlovetomormons.com/basic_mormon_doctrine/glossary/biblical_terms.htm  definitions

 

Concerned Christians Defining Terms:  Great terminology resource!

 

mormonsneedhope.com   Glossary

AARONIC PRIESTHOOD

LDS:  This is called the lesser of  generally 2 or sometimes 3 different kinds of LDS priesthood, and is usually held by young men starting at the age of 12 to the age of about 18. It is also held for a short time by new male members. It was brought May 15th, 1829 to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdry by John the Baptist who restored the Priesthood of Aaron by the laying on of hands.  Ironically this priesthood was lost because of the death of the prophet, yet it was restored by one who had died. One with this lesser priesthood can baptize and serve sacrament.

"Is this Aaronic Priesthood valid?"

No one who does not hold a priesthood office or one higher can ordain assist in the ordination of any LDS priesthood office. No one, not even Joseph Smith or Oliver Cowdery could be ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood without first being raised up in the Aaronic.

Jesus himself never held the Levitical Priesthood, yet the Mormon church agrees that Jesus was our High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek (In their hurry to restore the purity of the priesthood order, they left out the head of the church himself)

John the Baptist never held the Levitical Priesthood [check this] and could not restore and pass on something he never had, not even in Mormon theology. John wore the skins of an animal and ate food that was considered unclean to the Levitical Priests. He functioned among the people, calling them to repent and be baptized. The Levitical Priests functioned within the Temple, at the altar. Yet, members of the LDS Levitical priesthood are denied entrance to the LDS Temples, except to be sealed to their parents and to be baptized by proxy for the dead. In these functions, young women (without the priesthood) have equal access.

If John the Baptist were a member of the priesthood, its leaders knew nothing of it. When challenged by Christ in this very matter, they were ignorant of John's authority (Matthew 21: 23-27). Further, this priesthood that functions in the LDS church does not deal with the key functions of the Levitical priesthood, the offering of gifts according to the law (Hebrews 8:4). The Word declares that were Jesus on earth, he would not be a Priest, since their function was to offer gifts according to the law. Jesus put an end to the law, and has given us a better covenant, established upon better promises and has made the old to vanish away (Hebrews 8: 3, 6, 7, 13).

The Bible admonishes that "the Deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own house well" (I Tim 3: 8). In Mormonism, the Deacon is a 12 year old child.

In the strongs concordance of the Bible,  Aaronic and Aaronic priesthood are not found.  This is significant because Mormonism claims to be a ‘restored’ gospel, yet we find no semblance of the Aaronic or Mechezedec Priesthood in the original Biblical model whereby Mormonism holds its claim.

From Wikipedia:  In the book of Exodus, God ordained Aaron and his sons Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar to be priests for the Lord. According to the Law, only descendents of Aaron, or Aaronites, could be priests. It was their duty to make the daily sacrifices, fellowship offerings, grain offerings, et cetera at the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting for the Hebrews. In effect, the priest's role was to intercede before God on behalf of the nation of Israel. Aaron was appointed the first High Priest, and it was his duty to enter the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle once each year to make the sin offering for all of Israel. The priesthood was a hereditary office only the Aaronites could fill. The lineage of Aaron was eventually lost, and the Temple was destroyed for the last time in AD 70 by Roman troops under General Titus.               The Aaronic priesthood is considered defunct in Protestant Christianity. It is an office that is no longer required as the rite of animal sacrifice for remission of sins has been replaced by the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on our behalf. Having fulfilled the law, Christ was made our High Priest in the order of Melchizedek, the priest of God for Abraham, because he was a Judaite and not an Aaronite. Christ has fulfilled the role of the priesthood in that he is our only intercessor before God.

BIBLE:

The word ‘Aaronic’ is not in the Bible.

‘Aaronic priesthood’ is not in the Bible and is therefore not restored from Bible History. 

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NEGRO/BLACKS/DARK SKIN/RACISM:

Blacks were not allowed into the LDS priesthood until 1978, until then the following are some of the teachings of the LDS prophets and leaders. LDS teach of a curse of Cain that fell upon a white and delightsome people who were supposedly cursed by dark skin according to LDS doctrine.

 

Book of Mormon

 

1 Nephi 12:23

"And I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark and loathsome and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations."

 1 Nephi 13:15

". . . and I beheld that they were white, and exceedingly fair and beautiful . . ."

2 Nephi 5:21

"And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them."

2 Nephi 30:6

". . . a white and delightsome people." 1830 BoM

3 Nephi 2:14-15

"And it came to pass that those Lamanites who had united with the Nephites were numbered among the Nephites; and their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites. And their young men and their daughters became exceeding fair.."

Jacob 3:8-9

"O my brethren, I fear that unless ye shall repent of your sins that their skins will be whiter than yours, when ye shall be brought with them before the throne of God. Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you, which is the word of God, that ye revile no more against them because of the darkness of their skins "

 

LDS teach that the American Indians (Lamanites) skin would turn white upon conversion.

"I saw a striking contrast in the progress of the Indian people today as against that of only fifteen years ago. Truly the scales of darkness are falling from their eyes, and they are fast becoming a white and delightsome people....For years they have been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised..."(Spencer W. Kimball, Improvement Era, Dec. 1960, pp.922-3)

 

Book of Abraham

 

Moses 6:8

"For behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people."

Abraham 1:24

. . . from Ham, sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land.

Abraham 1:26

. . . cursed him as pertaining to the Priesthood." (referring to Pharaoh)

 

"Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so." (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 10:110) Brigham Young

 

"When all the other children of Adam have had the privilege of receiving the Priesthood, and of coming into the kingdom of God, and of being redeemed from the four quarters of the earth, and have received their resurrection from the dead, then it will be time enough to remove the curse from Cain and his posterity" (Journal of Discourses 2:143). 1854 Brigham Young

 

 "Joseph Fielding Smith stated, "Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness he became the father of an inferior race" (The Way to Perfection, p.101). "

 

"The negroes are not equal with other races where the receipt of certain spiritual blessings are concerned, particularly the priesthood and the temple blessings that flow therefrom..." (Mormon Doctrine, p.527, 1966 ed.) Bruce R. McKonkie

 


Mormon Quotes:  Black Intermarriage

                                Anti-Black Doctrine

                                Native Americans

 


  

Links

http://www.salamandersociety.com/blacks/

http://www.exmormon.org/blacks1.htm

http://www.rickross.com/reference/mormon/mormon132.html

http://www.mormoncurtain.com/topic_blacksandthepriesthood.html

http://www.utlm.org/newsletters/no102.htm

http://www.christiandefense.org/mor_black.htm

http://nowscape.com/mormon/negro.htm

http://www.carm.org/lds/lds_negro.htm

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,873781,00.html

http://www.realmormonhistory.com/god&skin.htm

http://www.watchman.org/lds/residualracism.htm

http://i4m.com/think/history/mormon_racism.htm

http://www.mrm.org/topics/miscellaneous/black-skin-and-seed-cain

http://www.utlm.org/onlinebooks/curseofcain_contents.htm  Online Book

 

 


 

Mormonism and the Negro 1:  Dr Walter Martin "The Curse of Cain"

 

 

Mormonism and the Negro 2:  Dr Walter Martin

 

 

Mormonism and the Negro 3: Dr Walter Martin

 

 

Mormonism and the Negro 4:  Dr Walter Martin

 

 

 

 

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The Following is a selected Bibliography for the Curse of Cain from UTLM: The link is Here.

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Bates, Irene M. "Patriarchal Blessings and the Routinization of Charisma." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 26, no. 3, Fall 1993.

Beller, Jack. "Negro Slaves in Utah." Utah Historical Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 4, 1929.

Bergera, Gary James and Ronald Priddis. Brigham Young University: A House of Faith. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1985.

Berrett, William E. and John J. Stewart. Mormonism and the Negro. Salt Lake City: Horizon Publishers, 1978.

Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1981.

Bradley, Martha Sonntag. "Seizing Sacred Space: Women's Engagement in Early Mormonism." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 27, no. 2, Summer 1994.

Brewer, David Leslie. "Utah Elites and Utah Racial Norms." Ph.D. Thesis, University of Utah, August 1966.

Bringhurst, Newell G. "Elijah Abel and the Changing Status of Blacks Within Mormonism." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 12, no. 2, Summer 1979.

———"An Unintended and Difficult Odyssey." Sunstone. March 2003.

Briscoe, David and George Buck. "Black Friday." Utah Holiday, July, 1978.

Buck, George and David Briscoe. "Black Friday." Utah Holiday, July, 1978.

Bush, Lester E., Jr. "Mormonism's Negro Doctrine: An Historical Overview." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 8, no. 1, Spring, 1973.

———"Mixed Messages On The Negro Doctrine: An Interview With Lester Bush." Sunstone, May 1979.

———"Elijah Abel and the Changing Status of Blacks Within Mormonism." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 12, no. 2, Summer 1979.

Bush, Lester E. and Armand Mauss. ed. Neither White Nor Black: Mormon Scholars Confront the Race Issue in a Universal Church. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1984.

Caldwell, Gaylon L. "Moral and Religious Aspects of the Negro in Utah." Western Humanities Review, Winter, 1959.

Cannon, George Q., compiler. Gems for the Young Folks. Book Four of the Faith Promoting Series. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1881.

Carter, Kate B. The Negro Pioneer. Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, May 1965.

Christensen, James B. "A Social Survey of the Negro Population of Salt Lake City, Utah." Master's thesis at the University of Utah, 1966.

Clayton, William. An Intimate Chronicle: The Journals of William Clayton.Edited by George D. Smith. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1995.

Daily Herald.Provo, Utah.

Daily Universe.Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Daily Utah Chronicle.University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Doctrine and Covenants. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1981.

Driggs, Ken. "Twentieth-Century Polygamy and Fundamentalist Mormons and Southern Utah." Dialogue, vol. 24, no. 4, Winter 1991.

Egan, Dan. "BYU Gene Data May Shed Light on Origin of Book of Mormon's Lamanites. Salt Lake Tribune, November 30, 2000.

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 4 volumes, edited by Daniel H. Ludlow. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992.

England, Eugene. "Becoming a World Religion: Blacks, the Poor—All of Us." Sunstone, June 1998.

Ensign. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Esplin, Ronald K. "Brigham Young and Priesthood Denial to the Blacks: An Alternate View." Brigham Young University Studies, vol.19, no.3, Spring 1979.

Evening and Morning Star. Independence, Missouri, July 1833.

"Free People of Color," Evening and Morning Star. Independence, Missouri: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, July, 1833.

Gospel Principles. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1995.

Grover, Mark L. "The Mormon Priesthood Revelation and the Sao Paulo, Brazil Temple." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 23, no. 1, Spring 1990.

Heaton,Tim B., Thomas A. Hirschl, Bruce A. Chadwick. ed. Utah in the 1990s: A Demographic Perspective. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1996.

Jenson, Andrew. LDS Conference Report, October, 1921.

———L.D.S. Biographical Encyclopedia. vol. 3, 1901–1936.

Journal of Discourses. 26 volumes. London: Latter-day Saints' Book Depot, 1855-86.

Juvenile Instructor. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, September–November 1868.

Kimball, Spencer W. "Of Royal Blood." Ensign. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, July 1971.

Lobb, Gary. Letter to the editor. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 2, no. 3, 1963.

Lund, John. The Church and the Negro. 1967.

Mauss, Armand L. "The Fading of the Pharaohs' Curse: The Decline and Fall of the Priesthood Ban Against Blacks in the Mormon Church. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 14, no. 3, Autumn 1981.

———"Reflections on a Lifetime with the Race Issue." Sunstone, March, 2003.

———All Abraham's Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage. Chicago and Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Mauss, Armand L. and Lester Bush. ed. Neither White Nor Black: Mormon Scholars Confront the Race Issue in a Universal Church. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1984.

McConkie, Bruce R. Mormon Doctrine. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1958, 1966, 1979.

———compiler. Doctrines of Salvation: Sermons and Writings of Joseph Fielding Smith. vol. 1. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954.

———Improvement Era, December 1960.

Millennial Star. Liverpool, England: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. May 1840 to December 1970.

Murphy, Thomas W. "Lamanite Genesis, Genealogy, and Genetics" in American Apocrypha: Essays on the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2002.

———and Simon Southerton. "Genetic Research a 'Galileo Event' for Mormons," Anthropology News, February 2003.

Norman, Keith E. "A Kinder, Gentler Mormonism: Moving Beyond the Violence of Our Past. Sunstone, August, 1990.

Oliver, David H. A Negro on Mormonism. Salt Lake City. 1963.

Pagan, Eduardo. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 23, Spring 1990.

Pearl of Great Price. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1981.

Petersen, Mark E. "Race Problems—As They Affect the Church." Address at Convention of Teachers of Religion, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, August 27, 1954.

Poulsen, Richard C. and William A. Wilson. "The Curse of Cain and Other Stories: Blacks in Mormon Folklore. Sunstone, November, 1980.

Priddis, Ronald and Gary J. Bergera. Brigham Young University: A House of Faith. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1985.

Prince, Gregory A. "David O. McKay and Blacks." in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Spring, 2002.

Quinn, D. Michael. "From Sacred Grove to Sacred Power Structure." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 17, no. 2, Summer 1984.

———"Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 26, no. 2, Summer 1993.

———The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1997.

Ritner, Robert K. "The 'Breathing Permit of Hor' Thirty-four Years Later. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 33, no. 4, Winter, 2000.

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———The Contributor, vol. 6, 1885.

Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Scott, Richard. "Removing Barriers to Happiness." Ensign, May 1998.

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Smith, Darron. "The Persistence of Racialized Discourse in Mormonism. Sunstone, March 2003.

Smith, Eldred G. "What is a Patriarchal Blessing?" Speech at LDSInstitute of Religion, Salt Lake City, January 17, 1964.

Smith, Joseph Fielding. Answers to Gospel Questions. 4 volumes. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1957–1963.

———The Way to Perfection. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1935.

Smith, Joseph, Jr. History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 7 vols. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1978.

Southerton, Simon and Thomas W. Murphy. "Genetic Research a 'Galileo Event' for Mormons," Anthropology News, February 2003.

Stark, Helen Candland. Letter to the Editor. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 23, Spring 1990.

Stewart, John J. Mormonism and the Negro. Supplement by William E. Berrett. Salt Lake City: Horizon Publishers, 1978.

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Taggart, Stephen G. Mormonism's Negro Policy: Social and Historical Origins. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1970.

Times and Seasons. 6 volumes. Nauvoo, Illinois. 1839–1846.

Turner, Wallace. The Mormon Establishment. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966.

Van Wagoner, Richard and Steven C. Walker. A Book of Mormons. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1982.

Walker, Steven C. and Richard S. Van Wagoner. A Book of Mormons. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1982.

White, O. Kendall Jr. "Boundry Maintenance, Blacks, and the Mormon PR." Journal of Religious Thought, Autumn–Winter, 1973.

Whittaker, David J. "Mormons and Native Americans: A Historical and Bibliographical Introduction," in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 18, no. 4.

Wilson, Lycurgus A. Life of David W. Patten: The First Apostolic Martyr. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1900.

Wilson, William A. and Richard C. Poulsen. "The Curse of Cain and Other Stories: Blacks in Mormon Folklore." Sunstone, November, 1980.

Woodruff, Wilford. Wilford Woodruff's Journal, 1833–1898, edited by Scott G. Kenney. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1985.

Young, Brigham. Speech as recorded in Wilford Woodruff's Journal, 1833–1898, vol. 4, edited by Scott G. Kenney. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1985.

 


WOMEN:

LDS: In 1967, The LDS Prophet officially BANNED ALL WOMEN from praying in Sacrament meeting and that ban wasn't lifted until late in 1978. Why couldn't women pray?

Mormon Quotes:  Women

                        Polygamy

                        Heavenly Mother

 

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PRAYER:

LDS pray in King James style language and some say that this a form of showing respect and reverence to their 'Heavenly Father'.

Prayer to Jesus Christ by Pro-truth 02/04/08

The LDS Church claims that Jesus is not to be worshiped in the same way that the Father is. I would like to point out that Scripture shows that Jesus actually was worshiped (Greek: proskuneo) as God many times according to the Gospel accounts - and He always accepted such worship as perfectly appropriate. (Note that proskuneo is the exact same word used to talk about worshiping the Father in the New Testament.)

Jesus accepted worship from Thomas (John 20:28); all the angels are told to worship Jesus (Matthew 2:11); a leper worshiped Him (Matthew 8:2); a ruler bowed before Him in worship (Matthew 9:18); a blind man worshiped Him (John 9:38); a woman worshiped Him (Matthew 15:25); Mary Magdalene worshiped Him (Matthew 28:9); and the disciples worshiped Him (Matthew 28:17). All these verses contain the word proskuneo, the same word used in reference to worshiping the Father. And in every instance, Jesus accepted the worship.

Jesus never sought to correct His followers when they bowed down and worshiped Him. Indeed, Jesus considered such worship as perfectly appropriate. Of course, we wouldn't expect Jesus to try to correct people in worshiping Him if He truly was God in the flesh, as He claimed to be. This is in deep contrast to an example of Paul and Barnabas's reaction to worship when they miraculously healed a man by God's might power. Acts 14:11-15 show an example of Paul and Barnabas correcting those that attempted to worship them.

In the Book of Revelation, God the Father and Jesus Christ are clearly seen as receiving the exact same worship. Revelation 4:10 speaks of worshiping the Father and Revelation 5:11-14 talks about worshiping the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

This is quite significant. The fact that Jesus willingly receives (and clearly condones) worship on various occasions says a lot about His true identity, for it is the consistent testimony of Scripture that only God can be worshiped. Exodus 34:14 tells us, "Thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God". (Cross reference this with Deuteronomy 6:13 and Matthew 4:10). The fact that Jesus is worshiped on numerous occasions, then, shows that He is in fact God.

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ABOMINATION

LDS: Joseph Smith: “My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were ALL WRONG; and the Personage who addressed me said that ALL their creeds were an ABOMINATION in his sight; that those professors were all CORRUPT; that: ‘they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.’ He again forbade me to join with any of them…I went home. …I then said to my mother, ‘I have learned for myself that Presbyterianism is not true.’” (HISTORY OF THE CHURCH by JOSEPH SMITH)

Basically Mormons teach that Christianity is a Corrupted abomination, yet today desire to call Mormonism... Christianity.

LDS: Jacob 2:24 “Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.”

Question? If polygamy was abominable in 1830 when the BoM was written, why did god command it later in D&C 132 only to repeal it shortly afterwards when the US put pressure on the LDS in Utah?  (See Jacob 2:24, 27-28; Jacob 3:5; Mosiah 11:2; Ether 10:5...all quotes from the Book of Mormon)

 

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EXALTATION

LDS: Gospel Principles is a manual used to teach new converts, the following information is found in the chapter - How to become gods.  LDS teach:

Exaltation according to LDS teaching

"When we lived with our Heavenly Father, he explained a plan for our progression. We could become like him, an exalted being. The plan required that we be separated from him and come to earth. This separation was necessary to prove whether we would obey our Father's commandments even though we were no longer in his presence. The plan provided that when earth life ended, we would be judged and rewarded according to the degree of our faith and obedience. We would then be assigned to the place for which we had prepared.

Jesus taught, "In my Father's house are many mansions" (John 14:2). From the scriptures we learn that there are three kingdoms of glory in heaven. The Apostle Paul mentioned that he knew a man who was "caught up to the third heaven" (2 Corinthians 12:2). Paul named two of the kingdoms in heaven: the celestial and the terrestrial (see 1 Corinthians 15:40-42). The celestial is the highest, and the terrestrial is second. Through latter-day revelation we learn that the third kingdom is the telestial kingdom (see D&C 76:81). We also learn that there are three heavens or degrees within the celestial kingdom (see D&C 131:1).

What Is Exaltation?

Exaltation is eternal life, the kind of life God lives. He lives in great glory. He is perfect. He possesses all knowledge and all wisdom. He is the Father of spirit children. He is a creator. We can become like our Heavenly Father. This is exaltation.

If we prove faithful to the Lord, we will live in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of heaven. We will become exalted, just like our Heavenly Father. Exaltation is the greatest gift that Heavenly Father can give his children (see D&C 14:7).

Blessings of Exaltation

Our Heavenly Father is perfect. However, he is not jealous of his wisdom and perfection. He glories in the fact that it is possible for his children to become like him. He has said, "This is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39).

Those who receive exaltation in the celestial kingdom through faith in Jesus Christ will receive special blessings. The Lord has promised, "All things are theirs" (D&C 76:59). These are some of the blessings given to exalted people:

1. They will live eternally in the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ (see D&C 76).
2. They will become gods.
3. They will have their righteous family members with them and will be able to have spirit children also. These spirit children will have the same relationship to them as we do to our Heavenly Father. They will be an eternal family.
4. They will receive a fulness of joy.
5. They will have everything that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have--all power, glory, dominion, and knowledge. President Joseph Fielding Smith wrote: "The Father has promised through the Son that all that he has shall be given to those who are obedient to his commandments. They shall increase in knowledge, wisdom, and power, going from grace to grace, until the fulness of the perfect day shall burst upon them" (Doctrines of Salvation, 2:36).


Requirements for Exaltation

The time to fulfill the requirements for exaltation is now (see Alma 34:32-34). President Joseph Fielding Smith said, "In order to obtain the exaltation we must accept the gospel and all its covenants; and take upon us the obligations which the Lord has offered; and walk in the light and understanding of the truth; and 'live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God' " (Doctrines of Salvation, 2:43).

To be exalted, we first must place our faith in Jesus Christ and then endure in that faith to the end of our lives. Our faith in him must be such that we repent of our sins and obey his commandments.

He commands us all to receive certain ordinances:

1. We must be baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.
2. We must receive the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
3. We must receive the temple endowment.
4. We must be married for time and eternity.

In addition to receiving the required ordinances, the Lord commands all of us to--

1. Love and worship God.
2. Love our neighbor.
3. Repent of our wrongdoings.
4. Live the law of chastity.
5. Pay honest tithes and offerings.
6. Be honest in our dealings with others and with the Lord.
7. Speak the truth always.
8. Obey the Word of Wisdom.
9. Search out our kindred dead and perform the saving ordinances of the gospel for them.
10. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
11. Attend our Church meetings as regularly as possible so we can renew our baptismal covenants by partaking of the sacrament.
12. Love our family members and strengthen them in the ways of the Lord.
13. Have family and individual prayers every day.
14. Honor our parents.
15. Teach the gospel to others by word and example.
16. Study the scriptures.
17. Listen to and obey the inspired words of the prophets of the Lord.

Finally, each of us needs to receive the Holy Ghost and learn to follow his direction in our individual lives."

 

Exaltation according to Bible

BIBLE:  Psalm 18:46 "The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted."

BIBLE: Psalm 97:9 "For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods."

BIBLE:  Isaiah 2:11 " The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. 12For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low"

BIBLE:  Matthew 23:12 "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”

Bible believing Christians do not seek exaltation but rather to exalt Jesus Christ, for it is only by HIS righteousness that we are saved and not by our own efforts, or works. 

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Excommunication

The following is a link to an excommunication video. What is it like?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc0uzYXb998

 

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