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    Answers to Common Questions: Why does it matter what church you belong to? Doesn’t God love everyone?

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    Why does it matter what church you belong to? Doesn’t God love everyone?

    God does love everyone. In fact, Heavenly Father loves everyone so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die so that we could have our sins forgiven, be resurrected, and live with Them in heaven. Jesus Christ has taught us what we need to do in order to be happy in this life and receive eternal life in the hereafter, including repenting and being baptized. He also established a church in ancient times to administer these teachings and ordinances. Unfortunately, because people rejected the truth, that church was lost from the earth for a long time, and various new churches arose. But in time, Jesus Christ restored His original Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith. It is the only church with true authority to perform sacred ordinances such as baptism. Because God loves everyone, He wants everyone to have the opportunity to learn about this Church and, through proper priesthood authority, be baptized in it and receive the covenants necessary for exaltation. That authority and those covenants are available only in His Church.

    Responses are intended for help and perspective, not as official pronouncements of Church doctrine.

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    This article originally appeared in the March 2015 New Era.

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