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Tables of Contents for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Mormonism
Chapter/Section Title
Page #
Page Count
Part 1: The Relationship Between God and Man
1
56
The Original American Religion
3
10
The Journey Begins
4
3
A Genesis of a Different Kind
5
1
Another Young Man Emerges
6
1
So What Exactly Is ``Mormonism''?
7
1
Mormonism Ties Directly to the Gospel of Christ
8
1
``Horny'' Saints?
9
1
FUD Often Influences the Uneducated
10
3
God's Divine Presence
13
8
Who or What Is God?
14
1
The Godhead
15
1
All in a Day's Work
16
1
Praying to the Man Upstairs
17
4
A Lesson in Prayer
17
2
A Turning Point
19
2
The Pre-Mortal Existence: Our Life Before Earth
21
8
Before the World Was
22
2
The Grand Council
23
1
``Whom Shall I Send?''
23
1
Introducing the Son of the Morning
24
1
Free Agency: The Right to Choose
25
1
No Sympathy for the Devil
26
1
Paradise: Not Lost, Just Left Behind
27
2
Trapped in a Mortal's Body
29
8
The World's First Fall Guy
30
1
Adam and Eve Make a Choice
30
2
Welcome to the World
32
1
What Is Death?
32
3
A Roadmap to Spiritual Success
35
2
The Second Coming of Christ
37
10
When the Party's Over, We Pay the Bill
38
4
Falling Away (Great Apostasy)
39
1
Restoration of the Original Laws of Christ
40
1
Revelation of the ``Stick of Joseph''
40
1
Wars and Rumors of Wars
41
1
Armageddon
41
1
Gathering of Israel
42
1
A Hot Time in the Old Town
43
1
The Final Millennium
43
1
When Will Jesus Return?
44
3
The Afterlife
47
10
Life in the Afterlife
48
1
Post-Mortal Waiting Rooms
49
1
No Second Chances After Death
50
1
Side-by-Side with Spirits
51
1
The First and Second Resurrections
52
1
Judgment
53
1
Four Eternal Retirement Communities
54
3
Celestial Glory: The Place Where God Lives
54
1
Second and Third Place: Less Than Stellar Behavior
54
1
Outer Darkness: No Rest for the Wicked
55
2
Part 2: The Word of God Revisited
57
40
The Old Testament
59
8
Ancient Covenants Made Manifest
60
2
The Law of Moses
62
1
Jerusalem's Downfall
63
1
``Thy Rod and Thy Staff''
63
1
Twelve Tribes Assimilated
64
1
Isaiah's Prophecies
65
2
The New Testament
67
10
Proclaiming the ``Good News''
68
1
Harmony in the Four Gospels
68
1
Apostolic Callings
69
4
Paul's Letters
70
2
John's Last Request
72
1
One Evening in the Garden
73
1
Day of Pentecost
73
1
Revelations
74
3
The Great Apostasy
77
10
Two Thousand Years of Wandering
78
1
When in Rome
78
2
Open Season on the Apostles
80
1
Passing of the Keys
81
1
God's Government Disappears
82
1
Constantine's Rise to Power
83
2
The Birth of a Nation (with the Soul of a Church)
85
1
America: New Religions for a New World
85
2
Which Scriptures Are Scripture?
87
10
What Is the Word of God?
88
1
Holy Bible
88
1
The Book of Mormon
88
1
Doctrine and Covenants
88
1
The Pearl of Great Price
89
1
In the Beginning, There Was One Word
89
1
Anatomy of God's Written Word
90
2
Unity in the Godhead and the Holy Trinity
92
1
The Councils of Nicaea
92
2
Same ``Congregation,'' Different Empire
94
3
King James Unifies Religious Factions
95
1
New World, New Government, Old Challenges
95
2
Part 3: The Prophet from Pennsylvania
97
46
The Prophet Joseph Smith
99
8
Early Indicators of Righteous Pursuits
100
1
Shuffling Through Religious Confusion
100
1
Close Encounters of a Divine Kind
101
2
Preparation for a New Church
103
1
Discovery of an Ancient Record
103
1
Authorized Baptism by Immersion
104
1
Restoration of the Higher Priesthood
104
1
What's in a Name?
104
3
Guess What I Found: The Origin of the Book of Mormon
107
8
A Visit from the Angel Moroni
108
1
Translating the Book
109
1
Share Not
110
1
News of the ``Mysterious Golden Book'' Spreads
110
2
It's Not Easy Being a Smith
112
3
The Book of Mormon
115
10
Lehi Who?
116
1
A Divine Shepherd in the New World
116
1
The Book of Mormon: A Cast of Thousands
117
4
Laman and Lemuel
118
1
Nephi
119
1
Korihor
119
1
Abinadi
119
1
Alma
120
1
Alma the Younger
120
1
Mormon
120
1
Moroni
121
1
Two Thousand Momma's Boys
121
1
One Book, One Translation
121
1
Moroni's Challenge and Promise
122
3
Searching for Zion in the Midwest
125
10
The Migration West: Ohio
126
3
Strange Notions and False Spirits
126
1
What's Mine Is Yours, What's Yours Is God's
127
2
More Misery in Missouri
129
2
Missouri Finds No Favor
129
1
Violence Begets Bloodshed on Both Sides
130
1
Clouds of War Hang Over Missouri
131
1
Meanwhile, Back in Ohio
131
1
Governor Boggs's Death Warrant
132
1
Massacre at Haun's Mill
132
1
And They Called Themselves ``Christians''?
133
2
Is This the Place?
135
8
Free to Escape
135
1
Refuge in Quincy
136
1
Nauvoo, the City Beautiful
137
2
Ghosts of Missouri Haunt the Mormons
139
1
Power in the Written Word
139
1
A Martyr's Death
140
3
Part 4: Pioneering a New World Religion
143
48
New Leadership--and a Last Trek Westward
145
8
Brigham Young: The Great Settler
146
1
Religious Factions Begin to Form
147
1
Leaving Behind the ``City Beautiful''
148
1
The Long Trek West
148
5
Winter Quarters Woes
150
1
Spring Brings New Hope
150
1
A Silver Lining
151
2
This Is the Place ... Finally!
153
10
Settling a Desert
154
1
Laying Out the City
154
1
Naming a New President
155
1
A Tough Start for the Pioneers
156
1
The Desert Blooms
156
2
Music and the Spoken Word
158
1
The First Department Store
158
1
The Quest for Statehood
158
1
The Glory of God Is Intelligence
159
4
Meet the Wives and Kids
163
8
Polygamy as a Divine Principle
164
1
The Roots of Polygamy
165
1
Government Mandates: One Man, One Wife
166
1
Morrill Act (1862)
166
1
Edmunds-Tucker Act (1882)
166
1
The Manifesto
167
1
Modern-Day Polygamists Are Not Latter-day Saints
168
1
Marriage for Modern Times
169
2
A Woman's Place
171
8
``O Woman, Great Is Thy Faith''
172
1
The Roles of Women
172
1
Sisters in Action: The Relief Society
173
2
Behind Every Good LDS Man
175
2
No ``Shotgun Weddings'' Allowed
175
1
Barefoot and Pregnant? Not!
176
1
Women and the Priesthood
177
2
Restoration of the Priesthood
179
12
A Priesthood to Lead God's Church
180
1
The Aaronic Priesthood
181
5
Deacons: Guardians of the Sacrament
182
1
The Role of Teacher
183
1
The Duties of the Priest
183
1
The Bishops: Judges in Israel
184
2
The Melchizedek Priesthood
186
2
Elders Carry the Word of God
186
1
High Priests: The Power to Preside
187
1
Patriarchs Provide the Visions of Our Lives
187
1
Apostles of the Lord
188
1
All Worthy Male Members May Participate
189
2
Part 5: Modern-Day Revelation
191
62
Tithing and the Word of Wisdom
193
12
Tithing: Paying ``Fire Insurance''
194
1
Just Say No to Drugs (and Coffee, and Tea, and ...)
195
2
Good Old-Fashioned Morality
197
5
Clothing Fit to Wear
198
1
Body Piercings and Tattoos
198
1
Viewer Discretion Is Advised
198
1
Not the Same Old Song and Dance
199
1
The Power of ``F'' Words
200
1
Sexuality
201
1
Abortion and the Right to Live
202
1
Living by God's Rules
202
3
Remembering the Sabbath Day
205
14
Celebrating the Lord's Day
206
8
Sacrament
207
2
Sunday School: Not Just for Kids
209
1
Priesthood Quorums
210
2
Relief Society
212
1
Primary and Youth Meetings
213
1
Church Meetings in Singles' Congregations
214
1
The ``Ideal'' Sunday
215
4
Thirteen Articles of Faith
219
12
God Is Not a Three-for-One Special
220
1
We Pay the Price for Our Own Bad Choices
220
1
Everyone Has a Chance at Salvation
221
1
A Four-Step Process to Prepare for God's Kingdom
222
2
Leadership in God's Church Does Not Require a Degree
224
1
Give Me That Old-Time Religion
225
1
God Still Talks to His Children
225
1
The Bible Is God's Word, But Wait, There's More ...
225
1
Stay Tuned; God Still Has Some Things to Say
226
1
The House of Israel Is Reunited at Last
227
1
Everyone Has a Right to Believe What They Wish
227
1
Government Is Not a Bad Thing
228
1
Basic Beliefs on Being a Decent Human Being
229
2
Families Are Forever
231
10
The All-Important Family
232
3
The Eternal Bond
232
1
Sparing the Rod?
233
2
Family Home Evening
235
1
The Importance of Family Histories
235
2
Size Doesn't Matter, But
237
2
Patriarchal Blessings
239
2
``Every Nation, Kindred, Tongue, and People''
241
12
Bicycles Built for Two: Missionary Work
242
4
The Missionary Lifecycle
243
2
Missionary Callings Vary
245
1
One God, One World, One Religion
246
1
Modern Tenets of Christianity vs. Mormonism
247
6
Scriptural Doctrine
249
1
The Separation of Three Distinct Beings
250
1
Living Revelation
250
3
Part 6: Latter-day Landscape and Leadership
253
48
Houses of the Lord
255
10
Temples in Ancient Times
256
1
Modern-Day Temples
256
3
Why the Fuss Over These Fancy Buildings?
258
1
The Guy with the Horn
258
1
Sacred Ordinances (Not Secret Rites)
259
1
The New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage
259
2
Redeeming the Dead
261
4
Early Mormon Prophets
265
12
Prophets of the Restoration
266
1
Choosing a New Prophet
267
1
The Savior as the Model
268
1
Defender of Faith
269
1
John Taylor
Trusted Servant
270
1
Wilford Woodruff
Blessings of Tithing
271
1
Lorenzo Snow
Teenage Missionary
272
1
Joseph F. Smith
Never Give Up!
273
1
Heber J. Grant
Compassionate Servant
274
3
George Albert Smith
Modern-Day Messengers of Christ
277
24
Prophets for Modern Times
278
1
Defender of Family
278
1
David O. McKay
Third-Generation Prophet
279
1
Joseph Fielding Smith
Welfare Reformer
280
1
Harold B. Lee
Every Member a Missionary
281
2
Spencer W. Kimball
Strong on Morality
283
1
Ezra Taft Benson
Brief, Quiet Leadership
284
2
Howard W. Hunter
Temple Advocate
286
1
Gordon B. Hinckley
Man of Promise
286
3
Thomas S. Monson
Appendixes
A Twenty Favorite Websites
289
2
B Further Reading
291
4
C Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
295
6
Index
301