Fdt4 Task 2

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D: Introduction As a teacher living in a highly religious state, it is important for me to know more about the main religions in Utah. The two most prevalent, being the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and the Catholic faith. I would like to know more about their beliefs, holidays, and family traditions. Some of the main beliefs in the LDS culture are Jesus is the Savior of all man, The Word of Wisdom, and the church was restored by their Prophet Joseph Smith. Some of the main beliefs for the Catholic faith are the Bible, the different Saints, and baptism. There are many holidays that are celebrated by both religions. Both Catholics and LDS members celebrate Christmas and Easter. The LDS faith in Utah has a special state holiday that is called pioneer day. The Catholic faith celebrates a holiday called All Saints Day. The third theme that I am going to look at in each faith is family traditions. Both cultures have a lot of respect for family traditions and rituals. In the LDS faith some of the main ideas are Family Home Evening, Genealogy, and keeping the Sabbath Day holy. In the Catholic faith, some of the favorites are Lent, 1st communion and Prayer or grace. I will take a more in depth look at all of these areas throughout my paper. E. Results First, I would like to take a look at the beliefs of the LDS Church starting with Jesus as their Savior. The LDS people believe that Jesus was sent to earth to be a Savior of all souls (Smith & Pratt, 1986). He was born to the Virgin Mary and led a giving and amazing life. The LDS church believes that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the entire world and in that, created

repentance so everyone could have a chance to make it back to heaven (Smith & Pratt, 1986). They also believe that Jesus was the first born of God in heaven. He was sent to earth to be crucified so he could be resurrected and we could all live again with God and Jesus in heaven eternally. In the book of Alma, Chapter 5 verse 48 in the Book of Mormon it states, I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name. (Smith & Pratt, 1986). Another belief that the LDS church has is in the Word of Wisdom. This is in section 89 of the Book of Mormon. It has many guidelines for the members of the church to follow including no alcohol, coffee or tea. Verses 5-9 state, 5 That inasmuch as any man adrinketh bwine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him. 6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, apure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make. 7 And, again, astrong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies. 8 And again, tobacco is not for the abody, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill. 9 And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly. (Smith, 1864) The Word of wisdom also has guidelines for what to eat and do such as eat grains, herbs, fruits and vegetables, and meats sparingly. It also talks about getting the right amount of sleep and waking up early so your body will be healthy (Smith, 1864). Boyd K. Packer wrote, “While the Word of Wisdom requires strict obedience, in return it promises health, great treasures of

knowledge, and that redemption bought for us by the Lamb of God, who was slain that we might be redeemed.” (Packer, 1996).

The third belief of the LDS faith that I am going to talk about is the belief that Joseph Smith restored the church to the earth. Joseph Smith was a young boy in the 1800’s that was trying to figure out what religion was true. They believe that Jesus and God appeared to the fourteen year old Joseph Smith as he was...
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