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What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

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When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He organized His Church so that all people could receive His gospel and return one day to live with God, our Heavenly Father. After Jesus Christ died, was resurrected and ascended to heaven, His Apostles continued to receive revelation from Him through the Holy Ghost on how to direct the work of His Church. However, after they were killed, members changed the teachings of the Church that He had established. While many good people and some truth remained, this Apostasy, or general falling away from the truth, brought about the withdrawal of the Church from the earth (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Acts 20:29-30). The Apostle Peter prophesied that Jesus would restore His Church before His Second Coming (Acts 3:19-21).

Jesus Christ began to restore His Church in its fulness to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1820. It has grown to become a worldwide Church with over 13 million members. It has the same teachings and basic organization as the Church established by Jesus in New Testament times.

  • Mormons believe that Jesus Christ was born, paid the price for our sins, died on the cross, and after 3 days was resurrected. We also believe that the book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ just like the Old Testament and New Testament are. We believe that we have a living prophet who direct and guides us. We believe that a family can be sealed together for eternity. Show more

  • Mormons believe in a God that is our Heavenly Father that loves us so much and Jesus Christ as our Savior, whom our Heavenly Father sent to suffer for our sins to be our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that through the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us that we can someday return to live with our Heavenly Father again someday and live with Him and our earthly families forever. Show more

  • "Mormon" is just a nickname for our church. The Real name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Or LDS for short. LDS people believe that the same gospel that was on the earth when Christ lived, is once again on the earth. Gods has prophets, apostles and has restored the priesthood power to this world. Show more

  • I am frequently asked, "Are Mormons Christians"? Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), said: “We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more and more widely recognized. Once upon a time people everywhere said we are not Christians. They have come to recognize that we are, and that we have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement. Show more

  • I have many friends that are curious about Mormons and what they believe, but sometimes feel awkward bringing up questions about the church. If they ever ask about what I believe, I'm happy to talk with them about it on simple terms without overwhelming them with tons of details. Some of the short and simple points about the church are: - Mormons are Christians, and read the Bible. We also read the Book of Mormon which is a record of scripture like the Bible, just written by people in another part of the world. - We believe that the church Christ established while he was on the earth eventually fell into apostasy, and the church needed to be restored again on the earth in our day along with the priesthood (the authority to act in God's name). - Like in ancient times, the church needs to be led by a prophet, who is called of God. Joseph Smith was a prophet in our day, and helped restore Christ's church back to the earth - he translated the Book of Mormon from its original form on gold plates, and received the authority to continue carrying out Christ's church on the earth. Show more

  •  We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and strive to model our life's before him and we believe that God and Jesus Christ have body like us. Show more

  • We believe in Jesus Chirst as our Savior and Redeemer of mankind. He is the foundation upon which all other beliefs that we have are built. Show more

  • Mormons believe that the Book of Mormon is the most correct book on earth, and a man may draw closer to God by reading and abiding its precepts more than any other book. Show more

  • Besides paying for our sins, one of the things Jesus did while on the earth was to organize a church. The twelve apostles and other leaders of the time received priesthood authority from Jesus to lead and teach the members of this early church. Due to the wickedness of the times, these early leaders were persecuted and after a period of time, the priesthood authority was no longer in place and the church as originally organized ceased to exist. This general falling away is mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 and Acts 20:29-30. However, the scriptures state that Jesus would restore his church before the second coming. (Acts 3:19-21) Our message is that Jesus did indeed restore his church and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that very church. Show more

  • 1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. 2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression. 3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. 4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. 5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. 6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. 7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth. 8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. 9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. 10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon this the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory. 11. 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. 12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. 13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. Show more

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