Who are the Latter-day Saints? Let’s ask a Catholic priest.


(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2019, before it closed for a seismic upgrade and other renovations.

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Tell us, Father

A reader recently asked Father John Flader the following question of Catholic weekly:

“Over the years I have seen Mormons knocking on doors and sometimes they have come to my house. They are exceptionally polite and very impressive. What is the Mormon past and what are their main beliefs?

Flader then gives a straightforward, no-opinion, 670-word summary of the history and key teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Practices to be lived by Mormons include studying the scriptures, praying daily, fasting regularly, attending Sunday worship services, attending church activities on weekdays, abstaining from working on the day. Sunday when possible and high standards of honesty, integrity, obedience. to the law, chastity outside marriage and fidelity in marriage ”, writes the priest. “… According to Mormons, every person on earth will be resurrected, and almost all will be received into various realms of glory. To be accepted into the highest kingdom, a person must fully accept Christ through faith, repentance, and ordinances such as baptism and the laying on of hands.

You can read his full answer here.

Country music’s Cody Alan finds harmony

With the release of his new memoir this month, CMT host Cody Alan is making headlines about his teenage conversion to Mormonism, missionary service, marriage and divorce, coming out. in 2017 and his eventual exit from the Utah-based faith. .

“When you spend most of your adult life living a ‘righteous’ life, you learn to be that way and to pretend. There are reasons I have been with the church for so long, but ultimately the prayers weren’t answered when it comes to standing up – it doesn’t work that way, ”he said. -he declares. people magazine. “It took me a while to figure this out because I wanted so badly to do what I thought God wanted. I used to think that if I went out, if I was myself, that God was going to hate me. After coming out, I realized that I was still loved so much and that my life had improved.

Today, the popular country music host says his life is on the right track. He is engaged to Michael “Trea” Smith and close to his ex-wife and their two children.

His book is called “Hear’s the Thing: Lessons on Listening, Life and Love. “

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