Interfaith Relations Mormons & Muslims

Interfaith Efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A respect for the diverse beliefs and unique contributions of all the world’s faiths is one of the hallmarks of Mormonism. From the earliest days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith elevated the principle of religious liberty and tolerance: “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may” (Articles of Faith 1:11).

Many Faiths One Family


Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable executive director Ivan Candese (left) and Alan Bachman, chair of the roundtable (right) with Hindu dancers.

A feeling of unity swept over those gathered on Temple Square in celebration of interfaith relationships in Salt Lake City Sunday, 20 February. Utah Governor Gary Herbert proclaimed February “Interfaith Month.”

“Bharatha Natyam” Hindu dancers.

Bharatha Natyam

Bharatha Natyam is a South Indian classical dance form that developed chiefly in Tamil Nadu over the past three thousand years. The name Bharatha Natyam was coined in the 1930’s to represent the three major elements of dance in the three syllables of the word Bharatha – bhava (facial expression), raga (melody), and tala (rhythm).

Originally, this art was known as sadi or dasiattam, and was performed in Hindu temples by female dancers called devadasis, or servants of God. Performances were a part of daily rituals and religious or festive occasions, where dance was considered to be an offering to the deities. Eventually, this dance form made its way into the royal courts, and in the 18th and 19th century Thanjavur courts, Bharatha Natyam developed into its present form. A period of decline in popularity was followed by a revival of Bharatha Natyam in the 1920’s and 30’s, after which it found its place on the modern stage.

Bharatha Natyam is known for its rhythmic, vigorous footwork, crisp movements, sculpturesque poses and combining the energy of its Nritta (rhythmic movements) with the emotion of its Nritya (expressive movements)

What place does light have with darkness? What place does evil have with good? Coexisting will never be appropriate amongst real Christians. Real Christians who are true Christ Followers need to spread the true message in love, and walk away from an unevenly yoked relationship should they deny Jesus Christ. An unevenly yoked relationship is both friendship, family, and your dating partner.

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