Mormon ordinances

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Latter-day Saint (Mormon) ordinances

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Mormonism and baptism

Baptism is essential for salvation

Summary: Critics argue that the LDS insistence on baptism as an essential ordinance of salvation is "unChristian" or "unbiblical."

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Book of Mormon textual changes: "or out of the waters of baptism"

Summary: The phrase "or out of the waters of baptism" was added to the 1840 edition of the Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith. It is thought that this simply recommends a prophetic commentary on Joseph Smith's part describing the proper interpretation of the phrase "waters of Judah." It is not regarded as an error, or likely part of the original Book of Mormon plates' text.

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Baptisms for the dead

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The Mormon Endowment ordinance

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Mormonism and temple marriage

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The Mormon ordinance of the Sacrament


Method of administering the Latter-day Saint sacrament

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Social issues related to marriage among Latter-day Saints

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Mormonism and divorce in the modern Church

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Scriptural interpretation on the subject of divorce

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Mormonism and divorce in the nineteenth century

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Divorce among Mormons in the 19th century

Summary: Some critics like to emphasize that some LDS members did not receive civil divorces before remarrying—either monogamously or polygamously. They either state or imply that this shows the Saints' cavalier attitude toward the law.

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Some 19th century Mormons did not receive civil divorces before remarrying

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Joseph Smith's performance of marriages in Ohio

Summary: Critics charge that Joseph Smith performed monogamous marriages for time of already-married members, violating Ohio law in Kirtland. Such claims are false and represent a misunderstanding about the marriage and divorce law of the day.

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