Outreach to non-Christians
The Book of Mormon helps bring the Gospel to the entire world, regardless of individual differences.
Joseph Smith wrote: “I have the most liberal sentiments, and feelings of charity towards all sects, parties, and denominations; and the rights and liberties of conscience, I hold most sacred and dear, and despise no man for differing with me in matters of opinion.” If he was willing to die for a “Mormon,” he declared, he was just ready to die for “the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist, or a good man of any other denomination.”
Like the Koran, the Book of Mormon speaks of revelation to God's prophets both before and after Jesus Christ.
Like Hinduism, the Book of Mormon speaks of many different ways God shows his love for His children.
Like Buddhism, the Book of Mormon relates the importance of achieving peace in this world and the next.
HARMONY AND TOLERANCE among Abrahamic religions
For a video of the Abrahamic Family House, go to https://www.designboom.com/architecture/david-adjaye-abrahamic-family-house-abu-dhabi-church-mosque-synagogue-09-23-2019/
Abrahamic Family House
A project in Abu Dhabi represents the three Abrahamic faiths: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
The architect explained the design here:
"As an architect I want to create a building that starts to dissolve the notion of hierarchical difference – it should represent universality and totality – something higher, that enhances the richness of human life. - David Adjaye
The Abrahamic Family House will be a collection of three religious spaces: a mosque, a synagogue and a church, all of which will sit upon a secular visitor pavilion. The house will serve as a community for inter-religious dialogue and exchange, nurturing the values of peaceful co-existence and acceptance among different beliefs, nationalities and cultures. Within each of the houses of worship, visitors will have the opportunity to observe religious services, listen to holy scripture, and experience sacred rituals. The fourth space — not affiliated with any specific religion — will serve as a center for all people of goodwill to come together as one.
The form is translated from the three faiths, carefully using the lens to define what is similar as opposed to what is different, and using the power of these revelations to make the form. The design appears as powerful plutonic forms with a clear geometry, three cubes sitting on a plinth – though not aligned, they each have different orientations. The story then starts to become apparent through the power of the silhouette, unified with commonality and the articulation of the three forms. These structures represent a safe space, each volume illustrated with colonnades, screens and vaults to represent the sacred nature.
The discovery continues with the common ground, the public space in-between, where the difference connects. The garden is used as a powerful metaphor, a safe space where community, connection and civility combine – this space exists between the three chambers, the three faiths. The podium allows you to interact with each space with no preventative threshold, to dissolve the perceptions of not being included and encourage the celebration of this collective history and collective identity.
Note: this is not an effort to combine, merge, or alter these faiths in any way. See https://www.thenationalnews.com/opinion/comment/2022/01/22/the-abrahamic-family-house-is-not-about-merging-faiths/