Muslims and Mormons

July 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured Posts, Middle East

Mormon Apostle Orson Hyde Jerusalem

A painting of Orson Hyde dedicating Palestine.

A cabinet minister in Egypt, aware of the common ground shared by Muslims and Latter-day Saints, once remarked to President Howard W. Hunter of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles that “if a bridge is ever built between Christianity and Islam it must be built by the Mormon Church.”

The Book of Mormon teaches that Heavenly Father is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth (Alma chapter 26 vs. 37; see also 1 Nephi chapter 1 vs. 14).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expresses special love and concern for the eternal welfare of all men and women, regardless of religious belief, race, or nationality, knowing that we are truly brothers and sisters because we are sons and daughters of the same Eternal Father.

We believe that the great religious leaders of the world such as Mohammed, Confucius, and the Reformers, as well as philosophers including Socrates, Plato, and others, received a portion of Gods light. Moral truths were given to them by God to enlighten whole nations and to bring a higher level of understanding to individuals.

It is not a coincidence that the worlds great religions come together at Temple Hill in modern-day Jerusalem. Known now as the Place of the Rock, it is a religious shrine for Islam, for Christianity, and for Judaism. All three great religions hold ties to this place. All three, likewise, have a common thread in a tradition that Elijah the prophet would return.

Knit together by world history and by Old Testament history and doctrine, the Church and the Islamic world can see each other as People of the Book, indeed Family of the Book.

To learn more about a Latter-day Saint Perspective on Mohammed please click on this link.

To learn more about a Latter-day Saint Perspective on Muslims please click on this link.

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