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Monday, May 11, 2009

"Utah Speak" Part 4 –Will Learn If You Live Here Long Enough

Baptism for Dead – a Mormon practice of baptism for deceased performed in the temple (apparently Barack Obama's mother was baptised last year in a temple in Provo - for the record, I object!)

Beyond the Veil – expression for the spirit world or life after death (this explains a lot about that controversial scene in Big Love)

Celestial Kingdom – Mormons believe this is the highest of three degrees of heaven

Doctrine and Covenants - A volume of Latter-day Saint scripture containing selected revelations given to Joseph Smith and his successors

Endowments – instruction and covenants performed in the Mormon Temple

Fast Sunday – On this Sunday, Church members fast and donate the equivalent cost of meals to the Church to assist the poor and needy

Home Teaching - A Church program in which priesthood holders regularly visit assigned homes of members

Outer Darkness - Mormons believe this is a region totally removed from glory of God, to which Satan and his followers will be consigned (Hell)

Quorum of Twelve - The body of twelve men who, under the direction of the First Presidency, constitute the second-highest presiding quorum of the Church

Scriptures – Mormon scriptures consist of the Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price, and the King James Bible

Sealing – a temple ordinance joining husband and wife or children and parents for eternity

Testimony – members regularly bear witness that the Mormon Church is the “one and only true Church”

Visiting Teaching - A Church program in which members of the Relief Society are assigned to visit regularly other sisters to give brief instruction and support

Word of Wisdom – Mormon Church’s teachings requiring abstinence from tobacco, alcohol and hot drinks (why is hot cocoa OK?)


Rachel9 said...

Today i was sitting in math. By the way it is a public school. All of a sudden in the middle of a test this kid breaks out singing this song about how Jesus wants him to be a sunbeam."Jesus wants me to be a sunbeam! sunbeam! sunbeam! So i am going to be a sunbeam for him" (apparently it is a primary song). He got they whole class singing and also crouching and when they said the word beam they would jump as high as they could. I was the only one not singing! What the crap is a sunbeam??

jill said...

After some investigating, I discovered that a "sunbeam" is the three year old level of primary(religious school for young LDS children). Thanks for sharing - I will add the word to my glossary.