The Missing Piece – Mormon Messages

This is the most recent YouTube video from MormonMessages. It’s an inspiring story about an athlete that was looking for that missing piece in his life—Jesus.

There are people all throughout the world that feel like there’s just something missing in there life. When people turn to their Savior, Jesus Christ, the void seems to disappear. Mormons believe in Christ. This man found joy and happiness by turning to Jesus.

Do Mormons Fast?

do mormons fast?

Fasting

Do Mormons fast? That’s a great question. The answer is yes, Mormons do fast at least once every month.

From a literal sense, fasting is going without food or drink. When Mormons fast, it’s typically for a period of 24 hours.

But fasting is more than going without sustenance. Religiously speaking, fasting is a great spiritual opportunity.

Fasting is an opportunity to commune with the Lord and should be coupled with prayer. For example, one could fast and pray for a special blessing, or to give thanks.

Fast and Testimony Meeting

Mormons can fast at anytime but are asked to fast at least once per month. Typically, on the first Sunday of each month, a Mormon congregation will come together in fasting and prayer and hold a service called a fast and testimony meeting.

Rather than a typical Sunday service where there is formal teaching and preaching, members of the congregation stand up at the pulpit (of their own free will) to share their testimonies of Jesus and the gospel.

I think it’s a very special time for the whole congregation. It’s a time to share thoughts and feelings with each other, to draw closer together, and to strengthen one another in Christ.

Coupled with fasting and prayer is the fast offering. A fast offering consists of at least the cost of the meals you went without during your fast, but it can be more. This money is then given to the church to help the poor and needy.

Fasting in the Scriptures

Fasting is a principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People in Biblical times fasted.

When Moses was went up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, he fasted.

And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

(Exodus 34:28)

Jesus also fasted for 40 days before he began his ministry (see Matthew 4:2).

In The Book of Mormon, a prophet named Alma came to a knowledge of Jesus through fasting and prayer.

Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things [of God] of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit…

(Alma 5:46)

Have you fasted before? I’d love to hear of your experiences.

Focus on Families at Church

lds mormon chapelToday at church there was a big focus on the importance of families and good parenting. That’s one of the things I really appreciate about the Mormon Church, is their emphasis on the family. I liked the topics discussed in church today because it gave me a chance to reflect.

Church services are good at making you take a step back and think, to re-evaluate how things are going in your life.

Mormons believe the Sabbath day (Sunday) is a sacred day set a part from the rest of the week. We go to church, try not to go to work, and avoid activities like sporting events or shopping. It is a day of rest from the cares of the world. I hope you had a good Sunday.

Welcome to Basic Mormon Beliefs!

Hello one and all. Welcome to BasicMormonBeliefs.com — the site all about Mormon beliefs and life.

I’m really excited to be taking on this venture. I am a practicing member of the Mormon Church. The proper name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You may also here us referred to as Latter-day Saints, or LDS. Yeah, it can get confusing.

But I’m glad you’re here. Currently, there’s still a lot of things “under construction” but I’m excited how things are looking. It will still take me a little while to get all the content up but I hope that this site can serve as a place where everyone can get the truth behind Mormonism. There’s a lot of false stuff out there and I simply want people to hear it as it is.

As a Mormon, I believe in Jesus Christ. He is the center of everything we do in the church.

So, go ahead and poke around. I hope you’ll come back soon.