Michels said, You say that you TRY to attend the temple once a week, well that is probably why you don’t know your stuff very well. I know I wouldn’t take advice on what the Catholic Church teaches from someone who can’t even make it to mass every week…
Your question reveals how little you know about my religion, yet you feel qualified to speak about it. As Karen pointed out, temple attendance for LDS is different than attending church meetings on Sunday. In fact, LDS temples aren’t even open on Sunday’s because we’re encouraged to attend to our church meetings. It’s interesting to me that you claim to know the intricate similarities between LDS temple practices and Free Masonry yet you don’t even know the most basic facts about the church. And I thought it was funny that after I wrote that Journal of Discourses was NOT official church doctrine that you went on to quote it as further evidence of your point. Anyway, before I spend any more time responding to you could you please tell me how old you are? I’m I’m guessing early teens. If you’re older and would like to know the truth (as opposed to what you read from anti-mormon websites) I’ll try to help you.
Mom of 5,
Canonized church doctrine for LDS is found in the Bible (KJV), Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price, which are called the “Standard Works”. Eternal Progression is indeed taught in all the Standard Works but what exactly that means is up to interpretation. It’s definitely NOT church doctrine that we get a planet if we’re “good”. I think this is often thrown out by anti-mormon types for it’s shock value in an effort to make LDS theology sound absurd.
Some have speculated that God can “progress”, but only in the sense that he gains glory when his children become like him. But not in the sense that he can learn since we believe that he is omnipotent and perfect.
For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
(Pearl of Great Price | Moses 1:39)
Likewise, we are taught in the scriptures that we can become LIKE God…
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
(Old Testament | Psalms 82:6)
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
(New Testament | John 10:34)
These scriptures are in your bible too! Since both the New and Old Testaments say we can become “gods” what does that mean? Well, we don’t know exactly but generally I think it fair to say the LDS concept of becoming a god (little g) is similar to the Catholic doctrine of Sainthood. In other words, to us there is only ONE GOD (big G) but we can become “like” God, our Heavenly Father in some sense (little g). Christ said that his disciples would inherit “all that the Father hath.” However, what that means exactly is just speculation, not official doctrine.
RE: My husband says that the LDS church was built on sand…continually shifting to fit the moment.
Nope, our doctrine is built on our standard works, which don’t change much. However, we do not believe the heavens are sealed. We believe in a living Prophet that can receive revelation and add to the scriptures if God so desires. New revelations are added to the Doctrine and Covenants. I believe the last thing added to the D&C was in 1978.