As a young man growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, I was fascinated by space and thoughts of “what’s really out there?” I became a fan of the Star Trek series (and others that followed such as my favorite–Babylon 5) imagining what it would be like “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” I wondered what was really out there. What would it be like to find another populated world and communicate with the inhabitants? Would they look like us or totally different? Is there any limit to God’s creations?
In the Bible we read “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) What does that mean? The earth itself is a vast world with so much to explore. We still find new species of animals we haven’t been aware of, and yet we are just a tiny speck in the universe.
In the LDS faith, we use the Bible and other records of scripture that also record God’s dealings with his children on earth. There are a few passages which illustrate the vastness of space and God’s creations. I will share two of the most related to this topic. In these verses from the book of Moses, God tells Moses that we’re not the only children God has created and put upon an earth. In fact, he’s had a lot of experience doing what he’s doing. Continue reading Do Mormons Believe in Aliens?→
Mormons celebrate life. We have a unique perspective on the purpose of life and how it started before we were born into this mortal world, and how it will continue after we die. We love life and feel a sense of gratefulness to God for allowing us the opportunity to be born and experience life in a mortal body with the knowledge that someday we will have a perfect immortal, resurrected body which is free from the pain and suffering of this life.
So do Mormons celebrate birthdays is a yes. Sometimes with green Jello salad (well, not always just at birthdays :)). One of my daughters is a huge fan of the TV show Cake Boss. She loves to watch all the unique things the Cake Boss creates and she has sort of taken it upon herself to do all of the birthday cakes in our house. Here are a few snapshots of some of the cakes she has created.
Birthdays are a wonderful time to celebrate life and enjoy some of the good things in life (like chocolate cake). We give presents and have parties and in general do all the same things normal people do throughout the world.
Of course Mormons also celebrate the most important birthday of them all, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. To read the account of his birth in the record that prophets in the Americas kept as it happened in Bethlehem, here’s a link to the Book of Mormon account of Christ’s birth. Hopefully this answers the question do Mormons celebrate birthdays with an emphatic yes!