Interfaith

November 10, 2020 12:00 PM MST
“He remembereth every creature of his creating, he will make himself manifest unto all” —Mosiah 27:30
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October 16, 2020 05:09 PM MDT
Editor’s note: “This week from the pulpit” highlights recent messages by General Authorities, General Officers, and leaders of the Church.
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October 14, 2020 08:39 PM MDT
On October 14, 2020, Elder David A. Bednar participated in the G20 Interfaith Forum, a gathering of leaders from all over the world and of different faiths. Elder Bednar’s address focuses on why religion is essential in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The full text of his address is available at Church News.
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October 13, 2020 01:01 PM MDT
The Prophet Joseph Smith was a man possessed of great love toward those within the Church, as well as persons from various religious denominations. On one occasion he said: “The inquiry is frequently made of me, ‘Wherein do you differ from others in your religious views?’ In reality and essence, we do not differ so far in our religious views, but that we could all drink into one principle of love. One of the grand fundamental principles of ‘Mormonism’ is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may.”1
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September 18, 2020 03:34 PM MDT
Q: Please tell me how I can get rid of my anger toward certain members of the ward I belong to. They told me I killed Jesus Christ because I was born and raised Jewish.
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By  Emily Abel
July 14, 2020 06:02 PM MDT
In the early 1970s, the Church was having difficulties locating suitable property to build a stake center in Yuba City, California. Mehar Tumber and his family, devout Sikhs, had a peach orchard on land that would work well for the new building, but the property was not on the market to sell. That changed, however, when they were approached by Church representatives.
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May 14, 2020 12:19 PM MDT
The United Arab Emirates’ Higher Committee of Human Fraternity has called for a special day of service, fasting, and prayer on Thursday, May 14, and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles voiced support on behalf of all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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January 04, 2020 11:00 AM MST
Shortly after I was born, I was baptized as a Catholic. Even though my parents weren’t practicing members of the Catholic church, they still had some belief in God and felt it was the right thing to do.
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December 11, 2019 09:00 PM MST
When Elder Vai Sikahema was a boy, he kept the law of chastity out of respect for his mother. Then it turned into a desire to obey God’s commandments. Now, as a father, Elder Sikahema finds new gratitude in the blessing it was to his children.
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November 06, 2019 05:06 PM MST
"I do want to congratulate you. I am really surprised to see that level of work you are offering here. You are inspiring to others," His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa said after touring Welfare Square.
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November 04, 2019 01:56 PM MST
The following opinion piece was written by Dr. Mohammad Al-Issa, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League and president of the International Organization of Muslim Scholars, for the Deseret News.
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October 18, 2019 03:20 PM MDT
Paul Cardall, a well-known Latter-day Saint pianist, became the first Latter-day Saint to win an award at the Gospel Music Association’s 50th Annual Dove Awards, held this week. He received the Instrumental Album of the Year award for his album Christmas, which had already landed a spot on 9 Billboard Charts including no. 1 New Age Album and no. 4 Classical Album.
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By  LDS Living
October 11, 2019 03:04 PM MDT
Thanks to Deseret News for making us aware of this statement.
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By  LDS Living
August 09, 2019 03:12 PM MDT
After taking a deep breath, Hannah Krieg approached what she describes as the "least intimidating lady" in the foyer of a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse, a woman named Teresa.
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By  LDS Living
July 29, 2019 02:44 PM MDT
In a recent Instagram post, Elder Cook shares, "I believe that it is important for us to consider the commonalities we have with other faiths."
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July 08, 2019 01:15 PM MDT
"With the dialogue and the work I've done with the church this year, one of my proudest achievements is now, in just one year, my community has changed so much their view on the church and sees them as friends. You're not always going to agree on every single thing, but these are our friends," Rabbi Spector said.
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July 03, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
Acts 2 has frequently caught the attention of students of the New Testament, for it is here that the power of the Holy Ghost begins to show itself in the life of the nascent church. The apostles, whose number was newly completed with the addition of Matthias as the replacement for the fallen Judas (Acts 1:26), had gathered with other church members at the Jerusalem temple. They had probably assembled on the east side of the huge Court of the Gentiles under Solomon’s Porch, a favorite spot for church members to gather (Acts 3:11; 5:12). Precisely on “the day of Pentecost . . . they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1). At this moment, the Lord chose to seize the attention of everyone who would pay attention: “suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind.” This was not the whole event because, next we read, “there appeared unto them cloven tongues of fire, and it sat upon each of [the Twelve].” As a capstone, “they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues” (Acts 2:2–4). In effect, the Lord had set the table.
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July 02, 2019 01:23 PM MDT
"We come together as neighbors, we come together as a family, we come together as friends," Cardinal Dolan said. "See, that gives a counterexample to those who would love to caricature us as these bigoted, hateful, violent people. And we can't allow that to happen."
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June 21, 2019 03:50 PM MDT
In the summer of 2012, Bryan R. Bozung happened upon an amazing discovery — massive mosaics depicting biblical scenes — on the floor of an ancient Jewish synagogue in the Galilean village of Huqoq.
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June 11, 2019 07:16 PM MDT
Peter M. Johnson was born November 1966 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. He is the fourth of five children born to McKinley Johnson and Geneva Paris Long. McKinley Johnson affiliated with the Baptist church; Geneva with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Elder Johnson remains grateful that a belief in God was established and encouraged in their home.
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June 07, 2019 06:27 PM MDT
While speaking at the semiannual Jewish-Latter-day Saint Dialogue, Elder Quentin L. Cook shared a quote from Robert Abrams, a four-time attorney general of New York, about the commonalities between Latter-day Saints and Jews.
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By  LDS Living
May 31, 2019 02:01 PM MDT
Jim was a devout Baptist for decades, with no intentions of changing his religion. In fact, having grown up in Clearfield, Utah, Jim was raised with what he calls an "anti-Mormon tilt."
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May 24, 2019 05:00 PM MDT
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By  LDS Living
May 22, 2019 03:24 PM MDT
A little more than two months after the March 15 mosque shootings in New Zealand, an emotional video was released by Church News showing President Russell M. Nelson presenting Muslim leaders of Christchurch with two $50,000 donations, one for each affected mosque.
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By  LDS Living
May 21, 2019 11:53 AM MDT
"The coward wanted to divide us, but he only united us more and more," said Abdul Aziz, a survivor of the New Zealand mosque shootings. "I wish all the world was united like we are here now. At the end of the day, we are all brothers and sisters. We are all sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. We are the same."
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By  LDS Living
May 20, 2019 04:04 PM MDT
With renovations complete for the Oakland California Temple, this temple is open to the public for a limited time—from May 11 to June 1. The opportunity to enter the building typically restricted for those outside our faith prompted a press event which included Jewish journalist David A.M. Wilensky, among others. As part of the event, the group of journalists took a tour of the temple before its upcoming re-dedication on June 16.
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By  LDS Living
May 20, 2019 02:56 PM MDT
Recently, Khalid Al Ameri created a video demonstrating what happens when a Muslim and a Latter-day Saint family came together to support one another in their faith.
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May 13, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
When I was shopping for wedding dresses, I kept hitting a snag: everything flattering showed way too much skin. Outside of the fact that I wouldn’t have been comfortable wearing a halter top in front of both of our families, I also had to work within the modesty constraints of the religious service. And so, despite not being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints myself, I found myself googling “Mormon bridal shop” in an attempt to find an affordable, flattering, and modest gown to wear on the big day.
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April 30, 2019 03:43 PM MDT
How would you feel if your community and family shunned you for your faith? What if you lost everything for being baptized? This was 14-year-old Orpha Troyer’s reality when she and her family left their Amish faith to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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April 22, 2019 08:58 AM MDT
When you have a friendship like the one that my friend Bethany and I do, it’s something you treasure. It’s a relationship that not only spans decades but that connects both cultural and physical distances with a strength that surpasses even the most securely engineered bridges.
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April 09, 2019 06:00 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Converted. In the book, Lee Nobleman details his exposure to religion in his younger years—growing up Episcopalian, attending a private Catholic school, and learning from Jewish relatives—as well as how he became a Jehovah's Witness. Then he relates the following account:
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April 02, 2019 10:12 PM MDT
In the fall of 2011, a customer stepped into Raymond Weaver’s furniture store in Danville, Ohio. He was a good friend of Raymond’s, and in the course of their conversation Raymond mentioned his curiosity in Native American history, specifically how these ancient people came to live in the Americas. Raymond remembers his friend, Harry Proudfoot, replying that he had a book that could help with that.
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March 29, 2019 02:39 PM MDT
On March 16, thousands of Pocatello Latter-day Saints gathered under crisp, sunny skies for the groundbreaking ceremony commencing construction of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.
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March 22, 2019 05:34 PM MDT
The terrorist attacks at two Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, March 15, 2019, resulted in the hospitalization of 39 and death of 50 innocent Muslim men, women, and children. This act has been described by our prime minister as “forever a day etched in our collective memories. . . . That quiet Friday afternoon has become our darkest of days” (New Zealand Herald, 2019).
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March 18, 2019 03:37 PM MDT
On March 15, a man carrying a semi-automatic rifle entered the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The devastating events that followed are now known as the worst terrorist attack in New Zealand's history.
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March 18, 2019 12:39 PM MDT
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community and interfaith leaders in southeastern Idaho Saturday morning, March 16, 2019, for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.
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March 15, 2019 06:26 PM MDT
In response to yesterday's mass shootings in two Christchurch mosques, the Pacific Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today issued the following statement of love and support:
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March 09, 2019 01:00 PM MST
Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church and President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met today at the Vatican in the first-ever face-to-face discussion between the heads of the two global churches.
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February 22, 2019 04:15 PM MST
Anna Hughes knows the sting of religious discrimination and bigotry.
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By  LDS Living
February 11, 2019 02:25 PM MST
In January, Elders Bednar and Rasband led the first visitors on a tour through the newly completed Rome Italy Temple, which included political leaders and journalists from across Europe. But they weren't the only apostles to visit the Eternal City.
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January 16, 2019 12:55 PM MST
"My father was a Catholic," Elder Bednar said after many toured the Rome Italy Temple, including a Catholic delegation. "As a young man, he aspired to be a priest. And I have an aunt who's a nun, Sister Rosario, my Aunt Mary. So all my life I've been answering questions about, now what is it you do? And why do you do that? So today to take these really sincerely interested journalists through the temple and respond to their questions, questions of the soul, questions about living the gospel on a daily basis, we simply tried to explain to them that there is a pattern of progression that is symbolized in the temple: As we put off the natural man, we become new creatures in Christ."
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January 15, 2019 02:03 PM MST
From the pope to our prophet, many church leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Catholic Church have worked closely together in recent years to champion social causes.
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December 17, 2018 09:55 AM MST
Since becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve encountered a few cultural differences that took a little adjustment. For example, in the Baptist church, the same preacher delivers the sermon almost every Sunday, so it was strange to me that in this Church we didn’t have the same preacher every week. To make things even stranger, it was folks from the congregation that delivered the sermons!
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December 11, 2018 02:29 PM MST
The original menorah was made for the tabernacle in the wilderness. It was made of solid gold and placed opposite the table of shewbread (see Exodus 25:31–37; 37:17–24). It had seven oil lamps that were level with each other—a central stem with three branches curving upward on either side. It burned only pure olive oil (see Exodus 27:20). The wicks had to be saturated with oil and regularly trimmed in order to burn brightly.
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November 09, 2018 09:18 PM MST
Conference Talk:
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November 02, 2018 04:54 PM MDT
The Christian Science Monitor recently took an in-depth look at Muslim students attending BYU and why so many of them feel welcomed and accepted at this conservative Christian university. Among these students is Jordanian Hind Alsboul, who enjoys singing "Come, Come, Ye Saints" in the campus tunnels.
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September 25, 2018 02:39 PM MDT
A recent Harvard study shows that teens who pray or meditate and attend religious services are more likely to maintain a healthy well-being in their young adult years.
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August 31, 2018 12:26 PM MDT
The following has been reposted with permission from brittanylynnbrownsblog.blogspot.com.
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July 30, 2018 02:09 PM MDT
What a profound insight: "A simple yet powerful commandment [Jesus Christ] told His disciples, one that He repeated three times over, 'Love one another; as I have loved you' (John 13:34-35). I am so glad this commandment didn’t include disclaimers. Can you imagine, 'Love one another, except when someone does not believe or act as you do, then please disregard this commandment'? It sounds absurd when it’s in this context, but when life gets real and loved ones disagree on personal matters, this simple but powerful statement can get lost in translation."
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June 26, 2018 01:32 PM MDT
Learn how Elder Takashi Wada, who was raised Buddhist, and his wife, Naomi Ueno Wada, who was raised Shinto, discovered The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sacrificed much to follow their new faith.
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June 05, 2018 04:23 PM MDT
“We, Mormons and Catholics, stand together in our recognition [of] freedom of religion [and] freedom of worship — the focus of the 11th article of faith in the Mormon Church,” said Cardinal Wuerl.
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By  LDS Living
May 23, 2018 01:24 PM MDT
The New York Times recently wrote about President Donald Trump's travel ban after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on it last month and the growing rate at which politicians are attacking Islam in the nation. New York Times opinion writer Asma Uddin writes:
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May 02, 2018 03:59 PM MDT
Editor's note: the following video contains mild profanity.
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April 06, 2018 02:02 PM MDT
Recently, the Church published an informative article about Islam in the Ensign. Before the article, a note states, "Because it is important to understand those of other faiths, Church leaders felt that it would be helpful to provide an overview of the history and teachings of Islam, the world’s second-largest religion."
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April 05, 2018 03:38 PM MDT
Baptist minister Lynn Ridenhour thought it was a joke when he picked up his phone one day and heard, "My name is Elder Robert Oaks," on the other end.
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March 15, 2018 12:02 PM MDT
“Just to see the way everything works out [at Welfare Square] and how the organizational aspect of it, the voluntary aspect of it — it is so impressive and something that I think every religious tradition — and not even faith communities, but everyone — should participate in, and we can learn a lot from the LDS community in this way," Saba Soomekh said after touring the Church's welfare operations and an LDS temple.
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By  D.S.
February 28, 2018 04:06 PM MST
I would like to share my conversion story with you—to help others who are searching for the truth learn what light can come into your life from embracing the gospel, and to encourage you to share your light with the world.
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By  Asma Uddin
February 28, 2018 01:12 PM MST
"I realize that so much of what I envy about Mormonism is its ability to extract itself from its surroundings and focus inwardly. The Church has faced and continues to face challenges from without, but it keeps its adherents firmly centered on substantive beliefs translated into concrete, impactful actions," Asma Uddin writes for faithcounts.com.
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February 17, 2018 04:00 PM MST
"When I was a nun teaching in the convent, the children called me Sister Piera. Now that I am a Mormon, I am still called Sister Piera," Piera Bellaviti Schorr told the Deseret News in 1976. "Otherwise, my life is much different."
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February 01, 2018 02:11 PM MST
Recently, Faith Counts highlighted the benefits of LDS missionary work in an article written by a Catholic.
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