Mormon is a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are neither Protestant nor Catholic, instead identifying themselves as a restoration of the Christianity practiced in the New Testament. They reject the canons added to that gospel at the councils in Nicaea and other places in the several centuries following the death of the apostles.
Central to Mormon beliefs is the knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of all mankind. Mormons believe that we are incapable of living a life of perfection and so we need a Savior to atone for our sins. This Savior is Jesus Christ. His atonement makes possible something we could never do for ourselves because we don’t qualify to do so.
Mormons believe in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, but not in the trinity, which is not a Biblical teaching. In fact, the Bible clearly defines them as completely individual beings and visions, including the one received by Thomas, show God and Jesus Christ not only as completely individual, but as having a perfected form we can see. This too, Mormons believe.
Mormons believe that God planned His world to include prophets who would be the intermediary between God and man for official church-wide communications. Each person can pray for personal wisdom and for confirmation of truth, but only the prophet can receive official doctrine. The Bible tells us God will do nothing except through his prophets. The proliferation of Christian churches that teach contradictory doctrine demonstrates the desperate need for a prophet.
Mormons also believe we do not need to—and should not—take any human being’s word for what is true. While the testimonies of others are important, we must make our final decision through prayer. Only God can tell us without question what is true. Before a person decides to become Mormon, he is told to pray and ask God first. If the person actually does this, it is much harder for him to lose His faith because it is based on the testimony of God, and not mere blind faith in another mortal being.
This faith in Jesus Christ and in God defines the Mormon belief system. Everything centers on eternal principles. Following is a list of articles that will introduce you to a few Mormon beliefs. Clearly, these can only touch the surface, but they do give an introduction to how Mormons view the eternal world and how they live their lives today.