Concise Dictionary of Mormonism: I

Idaho: Utah with more militias.

Illinois: A gathering place, where church members would have a “permanent inheritance” that would last some six years.

Immorality: Sexual contact outside the bounds of marriage. (Note: Should not be applied to nonsexual behavior or conditions, such as poverty, suffering, or dishonesty. Once again, does not apply to Joseph Smith.)

Independence, Missouri: The “center place” where the New Jerusalem would be built and the Savior would return. Near the Garden of Eden. A temple was to be built in Joseph Smith’s generation in preparation for the Second Coming of Christ, but persecution by evil non-Mormons thwarted the work of the Lord, and the gathering place was moved north and east. At some point, faithful Mormons expect to be called to abandon their homes and their worldly goods and gather to the New Jerusalem.

Indian Placement Program: An organized effort begun in 1947 to take Native Americans from the reservations and place them with white Mormon families, in the hope that they would assimilate into the broader American and Mormon society. Early efforts were quite successful, as apostle Spencer Kimball reported in 1960 that “children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation,” with one girl reportedly “several shades lighter than her parents.” Despite promising signs that Native Americans were “changing to whiteness and to delightsomeness,” the program had mixed results and was discontinued entirely in 1996.

Individuality: The God-given freedom to dress, act, and think like everyone else.

Infant Baptism: A wicked practice of apostate Christianity. Infants do not have the experience and understanding to make life-changing decisions; only at age eight are they able to make an informed and independent decision.

Inspiration: Ideas or promptings given to the spiritually mature to fullfill God’s plan. Examples include the inspired purchase of early church documents from Mark Hofmann and the handcart program.

Institutes of Religion: Weekday instruction for college students to counteract the independent thought and knowledge they are subjected to in their secular classes.

Intellectualism: One of the three great threats to the LDS church. Usually preceded with “so-called.”

Intelligence: Described as the glory of God, “in other words, light and truth” (D&C 93:36). As Boyd K. Packer taught, intelligence is to be gained by “facing the right way” in obeying church leaders and avoiding truths that “are not very useful.”

Intelligences: The state of spirits before their spirit birth. Although no church leader knows what intelligences are, they have existed forever and are coeternal with God.

International Genealogical Index (IGI): A database recording genealogical data and information about which ordinances have been provided to the deceased. The LDS church makes no guarantee of accuracy, though members can rest assured that the angels are sorting it all out in the spirit world.

Interviews: One-on-one meetings conducted between a leader and member to determine the member’s worthiness, record tithing status, and delve into the details of the member’s sex life. Such interviews are usually held from the time the member is twelve years old, when they are mature enough to talk about sexuality with an adult behind closed doors.

Isaiah: A book of the Old Testament that was written before and after the Babylonian exile. The post-exile text (commonly referred to as “Deutero-Isaiah”) was miraculously pre-recorded by the wicked Laban so the Nephites might have a record of events that happened after they left Jerusalem.

Israel: 1) Members of the LDS church. 2) Descendants of ancient Israelites, chiefly Native Americans and Jews. 3) A secular, Socialist nation set up by inspiration from God.


2 Responses to Concise Dictionary of Mormonism: I

  1. pollypinks says:

    Funny about infant baptism, because I don’t know too many 8 year olds who really know what they are getting themselves into. And loathe I am to infant baptism, there are more than one reason for reformed churches to provide this for it’s members. It’s indicative of God parting the waters of the Red Sea for his people, for the survival of Noah and his clan, and mostly indicative of bringing a child on board so that the congregation will commit to helping that child in his or her activities from then onwards, and that isn’t necessarily just church stuff.

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