The following are brief, concise snippets of information on a wide range of topics in relation to Latter Day Saint Universalist Ministries. All of these are published as general information, and not as doctrine or theology for LDSU. Being a non-creedal Church, not all members may or must fully agree with the information here. We all learn and grow through Christ’s Grace on the Lord’s terms and understand things as the Spirit witnesses to us.
What do we believe?
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:20)
“Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church.” – Jesus Christ (Avahr 17:39)
As a Christian religion, the center of Latter Day Saint/Mormon worship is Jesus Christ. Anyone with a testimony of Jesus Christ or looking to learn of Him is welcome to worship and learn with us, Mormon or not. We all learn and grow our our own levels and we all should grow together in Christ. The 14 Articles of Our Faith are a modernization of the various Articles of Faith used by the original Church of Christ Joseph Smith Jr. founded. LDSU uses these as a foundation to explain and unite the vast Latter Day Saint/Mormon theologies. One does not have to agree with every word, nor agree on the exact meaning of each article to study and worship with us. We all grow in Grace in our own way, and our own time. Anyone who has been born again of Christ may consider themselves Fellows, and worship with us.
“We believe in God the Eternal Father and Mother, and in the Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” -1st Article of Faith
The Godhead or Trinity are titles for the deity or deities we worship. What this means evolved as Joseph Smith Jr. grew and informed the young church. With the original Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints breaking up to form new unique denominations, the nature of the Godhead or Trinity has continued to evolve in each branch of the faith.
The nature of God ranges within Later Day Saint movement or “Mormonism” from the traditional view of the Trinity to 4 separate Gods acting as one in purpose: Elohim – our Heavenly Father and Mother (1 and 2), Jesus Christ (3), and the Holy Ghost or Spirit (4). Regardless, Jesus Christ is the center of all Latter Day Saint worship. Through Christ we worship God the Father and Mother. We worship Christ through our relationship with the Holy Spirit, which helps us learn as we grow Grace by Grace through Christ’s saving atonement.
Sin/the Natural Man
“…man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.” – Moses (Deuteronomy 8:3 KJV)
The human race is a race of fallen beings. Some believe that Adam and Eve were literally the first of the human Adam and Eve are the first parents of our salvation, as through them not only did spiritual death enter the world, but also the Gospel so that through Christ we may repent and return to our Heavenly Parents. In a sense, all men are Adam, and all women Eve, as we’ve all fallen short and require Jesus Christ’s grace to save us. Mormon Kabbalah teaches us that all men and women are both Adam and Eve: the “male” desire to bestow, and the “female” desire to receive.race, created by mud and a rib. Others believe that they are simply the first people the Lord introduced Himself to (not the first people). Regardless, the Bible and Book of Mormon teach that through them the human race fell (See Genesis 3, 2 Nephi 1:105-115 RAV, 2:19-25 OPV). We are not condemned for their action, but we are accountable for our own choices, based on our level of understanding (See Article of Faith #2).
“…men drink damnation to their own souls except they humble themselves and become as little children, and believe that salvation was, and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ…” – King Benjamin (Mosiah 1:117-118 RAV, 3:18 OPV)
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good New that we may be saved, if we but accept Christ’s Grace and be born again. Salvation is a free gift given to all those that accept Jesus, forsake their sins and move forward in Christ in teshuvah. This does not mean we must be perfect in all things, yet we have been asked to be perfect by loving our neighbors as ourselves (See Matthew 5:43-58). It is by Grace we are saved, and our works show that we have been saved. We are not perfect the moment we are born again, but we are made perfect in Christ. We cannot be saved in our sins, thus we must be born again that we can be saved from them.
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” – Jesus Christ (Mark 16: 16)
Baptism is required to enter the gates of Heaven. It is invalid if we are not born again, and unnecessary if we’ve been born again. Yet it is a sacrament – a mitzvah – we do to show we are saved. Within the Latter Day Saint movement, baptism is done by full immersion and requires two or more witnesses. All Latter Day Saint/Mormon denominations have had the keys passed down to Joseph Smith Jr. from John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John, and others. While baptism isn’t a work, it is a sacrament, an ordinance. It is a sign to ourselves, God, and the world that we have been born again in the grace are are covenanting to do God’s works.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” – Paul (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)
Canonized scriptures can very by denomination. However, it is safe to say that every Latter Day Saint denomination uses the Old Testament (the Torah/Chumash, the Neviim, and the Kesuvim), the New Testament (the Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation of Saint John), and the Book of Mormon. Some Bibles have the Apocrypha, others do not. The majority of Latter Day Saints use the OPV, Orson Pratt Versing of the Book of Mormon; others use the RAV, Revised Authorized Version. Each has it’s own chapters and versification.
In LDSU we have an open canon. This means that we do not have dogmatic requirements on what one accepts or rejects as Scripture. Being a nondenominational, we focus on the Bible and Book of Mormon. Other scriptures accept withing the movement that help bring souls closer to Christ are welcome, but not binding.