What Do Mormons Believe?

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...

Mormon Families

For Mormons, families are a central part of God’s plan. The family is not just a temporary convenience or comfort, but is meant to be eternal, shaping our entire eternal future. Mormon is a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is a restoration of New Testament Christianity. As we read the Bible, we note how important families are. One of God’s first acts after creating Adam was to give him a family and one of His first commandments was to have children. God knew that family life would serve as a powerful force for most mortals, encouraging them to mature, to work harder to succeed, to motivate them to improve. He expected them to make their families a priority. Why then, after instructing families to love one another with...

Mormon Polygamy

Mormon is a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are many off-shoot faiths that use the name Mormon, but they are not part of the church with the formal name and the Church has no control over them. This article addresses the polygamy practiced only by the mainstream Church, not by apostate groups. Today’s Mormons do not practice polygamy and anyone who does is excommunicated. Polygamy is a practice approved by God as shown in the Bible, but only when commanded by Him for His own purposes and in His own ways. Some prophets practiced polygamy and the ten tribes of Israel derive from that practice.  Abraham, Jacob, as did Gideon, and Elkanah (the father of Samuel) are among those who practiced polygamy. Since some of those...

Mormon Health Code

Mormons believe the human body is a gift from God and that as such, it must be treated with respect and care. The Bible provides motivation for this idea: 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them (Genesis 1). 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? They have some very basic health rules that help their members to do this. The Word of Wisdom was revealed by...

Mormon Self-Reliance

Mormon Self-Reliance

In recent years, the importance of being ready for floods, hurricanes, or even unemployment has been made clear. Those who were prepared had less to worry about than those who did not. Mormons are noted for their preparedness habits—not for a doomsday scenario, but for the ordinary challenges of life. Whether there is no money in the budget for food this week, an illness that makes shopping hard, or a blizzard that leaves them snowbound, Mormons are ready to settle in and wait it out. There are many examples in the Bible of God helping people to know the importance of preparedness, rather than sitting back and expecting God to wait on them hand and foot. While God does help us, He expects us to do our share. For instance, when the floods were coming, God told...

Mormon Baptism

Mormon Baptism

Mormon is a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With the name of Jesus Christ in the center of their church’s name, it is clear they strive to emulate the teachings of the Savior. Despite having lived a perfect life, Jesus Christ insisted on being baptized. Initially, his cousin John declined, recognizing the Savior’s perfection, but when Jesus insisted, he baptized Jesus by immersion. This is the pattern followed by Mormons today. Mormons do not baptize infants or small children because they believe those who do not have the ability to know right from wrong or to make choices are covered by the atonement of Jesus Christ. Baptism occurs at age eight, the age of accountability. If a child of this age has been taught right from...

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