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1. I am attracted to the anthropomorphic nature of the church. I find peace and strength from the fact that I, as an individual, am filled with limitless potential and can progress to be as God. This also helps me to see the same potential in others, and gives me hope, ultimately, in humanity.

2. I believe all people will have the opportunity to progress to be as God, though many will choose not to do so due to sin or their unwillingess to enter into a creative process filled with positives and negatives. I believe, just because one does not see the Light in this life, Christ is available through the atonement throughout the eternities to advocate for any that choose to adopt his plan and enter the progressive process. Again, sin may hinder one form accepting Christ, but through repentance, all, except those that have denied the Holy Ghost, will have an oportunity to progress, if they so desire.

1. Well, being born into the church certainly has it's sway power by not really knowing what else is out there. From a standers view though, I would have to say that the thing that makes Mormonism attractive to me is that it is a living and changing church and that it seems so very well organized, so much so that it must be run by God himself.

2. My view of Mormon salvation is summed up nicely in Alma 11:37-41 where if you believe, repent and do you will be saved and if you do not repent you cannot be saved and that you will be cast out. I believe that Mormonism, much to peoples dismay, is classical Christianity dichotomy where we are either saved or damned at the last great day. Found on the right hand or the left with no third or fourth hand available. We either inherit the Celestial Kingdomin the end or we are cast off into outer darkness with the devil and his angels. I do hope that i will receive salvation but it is strictly a future tense term and I do not believe that I have salvation right now. Salvation only can come when all enemies are destroyed and the last enemy to be destroyed is death itself which in my opinion cannot happen until all are raised in immortality unto either life or death (spiritual). Salvation will be to have a holy residence in the presence of God and Jesus Christ with a perfect and spotless eternal body.

1. The main attraction of the Church to me is that it lays claim to restoration of all the power, authority, and spiritual gifts of the ancient Church. To this day I am not aware of any other Christian churches (other than LDS offshoots) that dare make the claim that they were restored by heavenly messengers who conferred blessings and authority by laying on of hands. Heavenly direction was a matter of course for the ancient disciples.

2. The LDS view of salvation is also apart from traditional Christian churches. We don't believe that we can work our way to heaven, and we don't believe that we can be saved by grace alone. By accepting a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ, we are saved by His righteousness if we sustain a life where we repent as moved upon by the Gift of the Holy Ghost - which is given when we establish the covenant relationship.

1) The main attraction for me is peace in this life and Eternal Life in the world to come. But more practically it is the Book of Mormon.

2) Salvation comes in degrees and is customized to the one receiving it. All will be saved from death through the resurrection. The quality of the resurrection depends on the merit of the individual based on the final judgement by the Lord.

What is the main attraction of the Mormon faith for you?

This church has the full and complete Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the doctrines of this church I understand the nature of man, the world, and the heavens around me clearer than I could ever have without it. Also, upon applying the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I find I am more at peace, even in this increasingly violent and hateful world. Would that all people of the world feel the peace I do by following Jesus Christ.

Describe your understanding of the Mormon view of salvation. And do you feel assured that you have obtained or will obtain that salvation?

Salvation comes through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Upon committing sin, each and every one of us is removed from the presence of God, and there is nothing that we can do of our own selves to cleanse that sin from us, except to accept another, a perfect, sinless being, the Son of God, as an advocate for our cause. By obeying his principles and his gospel, his sacrifice pays the price for our sin, thus cleansing us, and allowing us to return to God's presence as a pure being.

Being saved then rests on my shoulders. I can still fail. I can still lose salvation. Eternal Salvation is rested on my willingness to follow the Savior's gospel for the rest of my life. If I keep the commandments as I do now, I am quite confident of salvation. If I start choosing to commit sin, I risk losing that eternal salvation, and falling towards the Devil.

1. The most attractive feature of Mormonism is its concept of salvation and the relatively universal nature of that salvation.

2. Salvation is the triumph over death and sin and comes only through Jesus Christ. All mortals (save those few sons of perdition) will be raised in imortality through the resurrection and all will receive some degree of glory for remaining faithful to this state of mortality. The degree of glory each of us will recieve will be dependent upon our own willingness to accept and our own ability to execute the responsibilities associated with that glory. I do believe that I will obtain salvation as I doubt that my testimony will ever rise to the level that would qualify me as a son of perdition. As to what degree of glory I will receive-- I haven't the slightest clue.

The Main attraction of the Mormon Faith: For me the main attraction is that God loves me enough to communicate with me and that He has a personal interest in my life. That is why I joined the church: God answered my prayers. The second main attraction is that families can not just be together for ever, but they can be together and get along right now. That was one of the first things that made me interested.

The Mormon View of Salvation: Depending on what you mean by the word salvation, I could go a few different ways. I mean, I could flatly say that everyone who is born will be resurrected, but I don't think that is what you are going for. I think Salvation in Mormonism is less of an event and more of a process or journey. We believe in eternal progression. We hold to this concept of a fullness of joy, but this joy isn't a light switch experience, but instead a sunrise. I feel confident I am on the path, with Christ, the Church, and my family helping me along the way. Sometimes it is wonderful to look back and see the progress I have made.

Dave,

I follow the faith of my fathers.

Of course, it strikes me that your inquiry is worded wrong, since it focuses rather exclusively on contemporary references. Inhabitants of the world from the time of Adam through Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, prophets and inspired leaders through and beyond the meridian of time have looked forward similarly to redemption and salvation through the Gospel of Christ. To refer to this as "mainstream Mormon experience" rather grossly under-represents the scope of the eternal Gospel plan of salvation.

1. Main attraction of the faith
I would say its comfort with ambiguity. It certainly has well defined goals and ideals, but faith in progression seems to foster acceptance that multiple paths will eventually reach the same destination, albeit in different ways. Perhaps the best word to describe this is a constructivist environment. It seems able to build upon numerous different conceptions of reality in a very pragmatic way. It seems well disposed not to over extend single perspective solutions through well meaning, but ultimately counter productive formalizations.

2. Your view of mormon salvation.
I will assume this refers to the mormon term exaltation, not just salvation. I think it may largely be a reconception of an existence very much like we now have. If one leans towards the more human side of Christ's nature, then I would say it would be similar to that. The father was completely in him, as Christ can be completely in us. Of course there wil be very real interaction with these very real people. Salvation occurs as we realize the idea of Christ (faith in him) really does make a difference. Exaltation occurs as we extend this idea to others, resulting in a greatly expanded sociality and new conception of our possible roles.

Main attraction to the Mormon faith: There have been moments when I felt that God was communicating with me. I can count them on about two hands, but they were the most beautiful, important moments I have ever experienced. I was flooded with an almost tangible feeling of overwhelming love and peace throughout my body; the air around me felt thick with God's spirit. I felt that I had discovered the true secret of the universe. Nothing else really mattered in comparison with this discovery: God loves me, he is good, I am his. These moments are all tangled up in my Mormon upbringing. I struggle with doubt and questions and wonder if it's all a sham. But I want to believe that I am loved that much, that someone is watching over me, that life has meaning, that goodness will ultimately prevail. It motivates me to continue to live as a member of this church.

My understanding of salvation: If I try my best to do what I think is right, I will live in God's presence; I will dwell in the midst of that love and goodness forever. I will be surrounded by people that I love and that love me. My destiny is a joint project between me and God: my choices, my sincere efforts, combined with his love and grace and guidance have the potential to make of me a wise and loving and good being like my Heavenly Parents.

As to my current confidence of salvation: yikes, that feels really personal. Short answer: Not good unless I make some changes. Which I intend to. Soon. I think.

I am Mormon because I believe in the restored Gospel.

I believe that I will be ultimately happy wherever I land in the afterlife, but if an evangelical where to ask me if I were saved I would definitely respond, "Yes."

It works for my family and it's good enough that I can't be bothered to look elsewhere.

I don't feel assured I've obtained salvation, I hope so.


1) Main Attraction: A moral aesthetic conclusion. In observing LDS doctrine in scholarly settings, and more importantly in real life, I find that it resonates magnificently a 'spiritual' aesthetic. It is not only beautiful to observe, but affects my soul and life with the same strokes of iridescence.

2) LDS ideas of salvation/exaltation are based on a unique understanding of the nature of God. From Joseph Smith's First Vision to the subsequent revelations, additional information emerges regarding the nature of God. In a quick summary: Salvation/exaltation is the work of a kind and benevolent Father who in conjunction with His Son and the Holy Ghost, have lovingly sacrificed (in an infinite way) for us and that end. We attribute to them characteristics associated with parenthood, teaching, 'rabbis', etc. which buttress in our minds an understanding of their work developmentally nurturing us. God and the Son are perfect supreme intelligences and omniscient, omnipotent etc. Their authored plan of redemption therefore demonstrates a not only a vested interest, but the craftsmanship of perfection. This positively affects my faith and hope. Do I have my calling and election made sure? Not yet. Do I have sufficient evidence to give me hope/faith that this will be an end result? Yes, if I'm not a jerk and keep trying. The enormous gift of the atonement and the loving guidance of a participating Father no doubt compensates for my insufficient and fallible efforts.

Main Attraction: 1)personal: I have the gift of the Holy Ghost, 2)philosophical: redeeming the dead - the only way I can see that Jesus Christ can be the Savior of the World.

Concept of Salvation/Exaltation:
First Estate: Self-existent - and yet with a spirit begotten of Heavenly Parents (a process I still don't fully understand), I grew and developed as an individual and accepted the plan of the Father for continual growth, which includes a mortal probation.
Second Estate: While on earth, I've accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I've strived to live the commandments of God as presented to me by His inspired servants. I've exhibited faith, repented of my sins, strived to give service, and magnified my priesthood as part of the oath and covenant of the priesthood. I've participated in the new and everlasting covenant of marriage.
Third estate: My spirit will enter the spirit world upon my death. Jesus Christ, who has all power both in heaven and earth, will resurrect my body from the earth and unite it with my eternal spirit, giving me an eternal soul. As part of this, I will be judged (or am continually being judged) and will be assigned to that glory for which I am most prepared and who's law I am able to live. I will then continue to grow throughout eternity, and, if my kingdom is the highest in the Celestial world, I will have eternal increase and grow to become like God.

Thank you for your comments, everyone. Here are the responses I provided:

1. What is your main attraction to the Mormon faith?

On a week-to-week basis, the fact that it is my own faith community and I'm comfortable in it. Mormons are, on the whole, the best people I know, bar none. Obviously, most Mormons would put their strong conviction that the LDS Church is the true church of God and is run by His authority as their main attraction. It's good to be with people who take their faith so seriously.

2. What is the Mormon view of salvation? Is it assured for you?

One view is that salvation is resurrection to a kingdom of glory and that the vast majority of humankind will be saved. Section 76 of the LDS Doctrine and Covenants sketches out the details in suitably uplifting langauge. It is worth devoting 20 minutes to read.

Mormons also believe in "exaltation," which is salvation in the highest or fullest of those kingdoms of glory, in which one will enjoy the benefits of families that have been sealed together in this life. Only a subset of those who obtain salvation in the first sense would obtain "exaltation."

The LDS terms "kingdom" and "glory" probably sound odd to the Christian ear, but in practice are more or less equivalent to "heaven" and "basking in the love of God" or similar Christian concepts regarding the next life.

Is salvation assured for me? No.

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