The Eternal Family

By Charles Brown

I grew up as "mainstream" Christian and had been told that the Bible taught that marriage and family relationships as we know them were a temporary thing and ended at death.  I liked the feeling I got when I went to church but the teachings didn't make sense.  I discovered that this teaching wasn't necessarily in the Bible but was really just the opinion of Bible scholars.

My mother had died when I was eight.  From that time on I lived with a lingering curiosity and was seeking answers to this mystery of life until my teenage years. The answers weren't there in the mainstream Bible teachings.

When I first heard the saying, "Families are Forever", I learned that it was a teaching unique to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormon Church).  I was interested in knowing what it meant.

As I learned more about the Mormon Church and its teachings I found answers about Jesus Christ and how his plan for our happiness was cent…

The Eternal Christianity of Mormonism

The Eternal Christianity of Mormonism  By Charles Brown
My search for truth is based on a simple observation. The world exists and so do we. Was there a divine creator or not?  If so then what demonstrates the nature of this being or beings?  Who is authorized to speak for God? Can we identify actual eternal unchangeable truth? Can we communicate directly with God, and if so how do we do so?  Do we even care about the answers to these questions?  If so then a host of other questions should come to our minds. Are there answers or not? I found answers to my questions about God, the purpose of life and our eternal destiny as individuals and families in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints over 40 years ago. When asked what my faith is, my response is that Mormonism is eternal Christianity. It is charity, service and the love of  God extended to his children.
Misconceptions about Mormons and Mormonism, (the nickname for the theology of the Church) have been perpetuated for almos…

The God of the Galaxies and Love

The scriptures speak to us in terms that seem ancient and unscientific.  In reality they introduce us to the knowledge of beings that reign in the eternal and infinite heavens and are the most scientific of all. They have mastered all science. Is not our science just a small part of God's science?
Religious philosophies and theologies have been heavily influenced by the opinions and limited understanding of scholars and philosophers. These individuals and their collective influence have produced an image of a divine being that operates and creates on a random basis, creating things out of nothing and experimenting with such precepts as free will, pre-determination and pre-destination.

God has called modern day prophets to give us eternal understanding about who we are. We no longer need to live in doubt and darkness trying to understand the opinions of Bible Scholars who have long debated what the scriptures say and mean. Other professional religionists have perpetuated the incom…

Opposition to Mormonism-Facts, Fiction or Opinions

For almost 200 years Joseph Smith, has been the Prophet of the Restoration to millions of Latter-Day Saints.  To a handful of active critics and their proteges he was a simple boy that orchestrated a grand religious scheme.  Which was he?

The modern technology allows for mass dissemination of opinions and information, both true and false. Opinion narratives drive much discussion in politics, religion, science and any number of subjects. The reader or listener must evaluate and think critically about what they hear and see.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints claims and testifies that it is the only true and living church on the earth and that Jesus Christ stands at the head of it.  The priesthood order and authority that administers the covenants of the gospel of Jesus Christ and salvation is found it it. 

The Savior established a church when he was on the earth. Catholics make some claim to being the "true" church but Protestants can't make such a claim. None o…

Mormons, The Temple and Eternal Families

My parents were good people. They might have referred to themselves as Christians but I don't remember a prominent display of their faith other than attending church. They valued family life, honesty and work. I wasn't raised with strong persuasions regarding the Christian belief system though. They did teach us good values and to consider the existence of a supreme being but I wasn't actively concerned whether God had any role in my life, or in the world for that matter.

I was curious and desirous to know about eternal things and did believe, but I didn't know who or what God was. Our family attended Methodist and non-denominational churches on a sporadic basis when I was growing up.

My mother died when I was eight. This event caused me to wonder more intensely about God, family relationships and eventually about what the truth was. My earliest recollection of some concept of God was the front page of the program at the Methodist church in Caldwell Idaho when I was 5…