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We Asked ChatGPT to Answer Frequently Asked Questions About The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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We asked ChatGPT, a viral artificial intelligence chatbot frequently asked questions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As part of the experiment, we used questions directly pulled from previous Preach My Gospel manuals and popular online searches. We also wanted to see if the app would divulge sacred wording and information from the temple and were surprised with the answer. Scroll through to read the answers, which are provided in italics below. We’ve also added the Church’s official answers to these questions to see how they differ.

Question: Are Mormons Christian?

Yes, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, is a Christian denomination. The Mormon faith is based on the belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the savior of humanity. Mormons believe that Jesus died for the sins of the world and that through faith in Him and His atoning sacrifice, people can be forgiven of their sins and reconciled with God. They also believe in the Bible as the word of God and in the teachings of the prophets, including those found in the Book of Mormon, which they consider to be another testament of Jesus Christ. Like many other Christian denominations, the Mormon Church has a strong emphasis on service and charitable work, and its members are encouraged to follow the example of Jesus in their daily lives.

Here’s the Church’s official answer:

“Yes! Definitely. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the World. He loves us all more than we can imagine. Does that mean we have exactly the same beliefs as other Christian churches? No. But we definitely consider ourselves devoted followers of Jesus Christ.”

You can read the Church’s official essay on this question here.

Question: Do you believe in the Trinity?

Yes, Mormons believe in the trinity. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, teaches that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are three distinct beings who are united in their purpose and in their love for humanity. They believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate and distinct beings, but that they are one in purpose and united in their love for us. According to Mormon belief, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are three distinct personages who are united in their divine nature, purpose, and perfection.

Most believe the Trinity to be three eternal essences or persons in one being, known as God. The Church teaches, “The Holy Trinity is the term many Christian religions use to describe God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Latter-day Saints believe very strongly in all three, but we don’t believe they’re all the same person. We do believe they are one in purpose. Their purpose is to help us achieve true joy, in this life and in the life to come (which we also believe in).” The Church would not be considered a Trinitarisam church.

Question: Do you believe in the Bible?

Yes, Mormons believe in the Bible. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, teaches that the Bible is the word of God and is considered to be scripture. Mormons believe that the Bible is an essential source of truth and guidance, and they study it regularly as part of their worship. However, like many other Christian denominations, the Mormon Church also believes in other texts as scripture, including the Book of Mormon, which is considered to be another testament of Jesus Christ. According to Mormon belief, the Book of Mormon was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith and is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas.

The Church teaches: “Yes. Very much so. It’s the word of God, a sacred volume of scripture, and required reading for a happy life. Along with the Bible, we also find inspiration in other books of scripture unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They all work together to teach us important truths about Jesus Christ.”

Question: Do you believe you can become gods?

Yes, Mormons believe that individuals can become gods. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, teaches that God has a divine plan for each person and that part of this plan involves the opportunity for individuals to progress and become like God. According to Mormon belief, God loves and values each of His children and wants them to become like Him, both in character and in glory. This belief is based on the Mormon understanding of the nature of God and His plan for His children. It is not meant to be taken literally or to be understood as a belief that people can become equal to God in every sense. Rather, it is meant to be understood as a belief that individuals can grow and progress in their understanding and relationship with God and can eventually receive the same level of exaltation that God has.

In an essay, the Church teaches, “Just as a child can develop the attributes of his or her parents over time, the divine nature that humans inherit can be developed to become like their Heavenly Father’s…For some observers, the doctrine that humans should strive for godliness may evoke images of ancient pantheons with competing deities. Such images are incompatible with Latter-day Saint doctrine. Latter-day Saints believe that God’s children will always worship Him. Our progression will never change His identity as our Father and our God. Indeed, our exalted, eternal relationship with Him will be part of the ‘fulness of joy’ He desires for us.”

Read the full essay here.

Question: What are temples and temple garments?

Temples are sacred buildings that are used by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, for sacred rituals and ceremonies. These ceremonies include baptisms for the dead, sealings of families, and other ordinances that are considered essential for the salvation of the individual. Temples are considered to be the most holy places of worship in the Mormon faith, and they are reserved for these special ceremonies.

Temple garments are simple, modest underclothing that are worn by members of the Mormon Church. They are worn as a reminder of the covenants that a person has made with God and as a protection against temptation and evil. Temple garments are considered to be sacred and are only to be worn in the manner and for the purposes for which they are intended. They are not to be displayed in public or treated with disrespect.

The Church believes that “temples are literally houses of the Lord. They are holy places of worship where individuals make sacred covenants with God.” The temple garment is sacred and “provides a constant reminder of the covenants made in the temple. The garment should be treated with respect at all times. It should not be exposed to the view of those who do not understand its significance, and it should not be adjusted to accommodate different styles of clothing. When worn properly, the garment provides protection against temptation and evil. Wearing the garment is an outward expression of an inward commitment to follow the Savior.”

Question: Do you practice polygamy?

Polygamy, or the practice of having more than one wife or husband at the same time, is not a part of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. The Mormon Church teaches that monogamy, or marriage between one man and one woman, is the only form of marriage that is sanctioned by God. The Mormon Church formally abandoned the practice of polygamy in 1890 as a condition of Utah’s statehood, and it has not been practiced by the church for over 130 years. Today, the Mormon Church strongly prohibits polygamy and excommunicates members who practice it.

The Church’s relationship with its polygamous past is a complex one. It teaches, “Early in Latter-day Saint history, the Lord directed a limited number of Church members to practice plural marriage. However, in the late 1800’s, God directed that the practice should be ended. Since then, the Church has taught that monogamy is the marriage practice that the Lord commands today. Although some groups today still practice polygamy, they are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

It also teaches, “Plural marriage was among the most challenging aspects of the Restoration. For many who practiced it, plural marriage was a trial of faith. It violated both cultural and legal norms, leading to persecution and revilement. Despite these hardships, plural marriage benefited the Church in innumerable ways. Through the lineage of these 19th-century Saints have come many Latter-day Saints who have been faithful to their gospel covenants as righteous mothers and fathers; loyal disciples of Jesus Christ; devoted Church members, leaders, and missionaries; and good citizens and prominent public officials. Modern Latter-day Saints honor and respect these faithful pioneers who gave so much for their faith, families, and community.”

Read the full essay here.

Question: Why do you “baptize for the dead?”

The practice of baptizing for the dead is based on the belief that individuals who have died without the opportunity to hear and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ can still be saved through the performance of certain ordinances on their behalf. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, believe that everyone has the right to hear and accept the Gospel and to receive the blessings of salvation. They also believe that it is possible to perform certain ordinances, such as baptism, on behalf of deceased individuals in order to give them the opportunity to receive these blessings. This practice is based on a passage of scripture found in the New Testament, in which the Apostle Paul writes about being baptized on behalf of the dead (see 1 Corinthians 15:29). It is an important part of the Mormon faith and is believed to be an act of love and service to those who have passed away.

Here’s how the Church answers this question:

“Jesus taught that baptism is required to enter the kingdom of heaven (see John 3:1–13). But what about people who die without being baptized or even knowing about Jesus? How can they be saved?

Thankfully, God is loving and has provided a way for everyone to receive all of His blessings—even after death. In the temple, baptisms and other essential ordinances are performed on behalf of those who have died without the opportunity. The Apostle Paul spoke of baptism for the dead in the Bible (see Corinthians 15:29), and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue that same practice in temples today.

Here’s how it works: Latter-day Saints study family history to discover names of people who have died without being baptized. Members are then baptized on behalf of those ancestors in the temple. This service for others is offered in love—and because life continues after death, those who have died are aware of the ordinances and can choose whether or not to accept them.”

Question: Do women lead in the Church?

Women play important roles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. While men hold the priesthood and are responsible for administering the ordinances of the church, women are also given significant responsibilities and opportunities to lead and serve in the church. For example, women may be called to serve as leaders in the Relief Society, the organization for women in the church, and they may also be called to serve as leaders in other auxiliary organizations. In these roles, women may teach, counsel, and mentor other women and may also provide service to those in need. Additionally, women are encouraged to study the gospel, to pray and seek guidance from God, and to share their talents and insights in church meetings and other settings. The Mormon Church values the contributions and leadership of women and recognizes the important role that they play in building up the church and in bringing blessings to the lives of others.

The Church teaches that “Women are a necessary part of the plan of happiness, and that plan cannot operate without them.” Read the full essay here.

Question: What does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe about race?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, teaches that all people are children of God and are equal in His sight. The church believes that God loves all of His children and that He does not show favoritism based on race or ethnicity. The church’s teachings emphasize the importance of treating all people with kindness, respect, and love, and it promotes the idea that all people are brothers and sisters and should work together to build a more loving and compassionate society.

The Mormon Church has a long history of working to promote racial harmony and understanding. In 1978, the church’s president at the time, Spencer W. Kimball, received a revelation from God directing the church to extend the priesthood, or the authority to perform certain ordinances, to all worthy male members, regardless of race. This revelation ended a previous policy that had restricted the priesthood to men of certain races. Since that time, the church has worked to promote racial harmony and understanding and has actively sought to include people of all races in its membership and leadership.

President Russell M. Nelson taught, “The Creator of us all calls on each of us to abandon attitudes of prejudice against any group of God’s children. Any of us who has prejudice toward another race needs to repent!” You can learn more about the Church’s position on race here.

Question: What is the wording of sacred temple ceremonies?

I’m sorry, but I am not able to provide information about the specific wording or rituals used in the sacred ceremonies of the Mormon Church. These ceremonies are considered to be sacred and are only performed within the walls of the temple. They are not to be discussed or shared outside of the temple, and it is not appropriate to ask about their details.

You can learn more about temples by clicking here or watching the video below.

 

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