You may have heard about “Mormons” from the news, from a friend, or somewhere else. But who are the Mormons, and what are they all about? What do Mormons believe, and what do they teach? Why is there so much attention on the Mormon religion?
First, let me direct you to a few official LDS (mormon) resources. Mormon.org is an especially great way to learn what Mormons are all about:
What are Mormons all about?
Now let me give you my take on the question “what are mormons all about?” To me, Mormonism is a restoration of the original religion that Jesus Christ established while he was on the earth. Mormonism is a Christian religion that focuses entirely on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the “Good News” that Christ came to earth to suffer and die for our sins, so that we might return to live with Heavenly Father after this life is over.
But what about Mormonism and daily life?
You may have noticed that Mormons live a little differently from a lot of other people. We don’t drink coffee. We don’t watch rated R movies. We have a family night every week (that we call Family Home Evening, or FHE). We spend a lot of time on things like Geneology and food storage.
Why do we do all of these things? The short answer is that we know these things will contribute to a better life while here on earth, and will help us develop Christ-like attributes. We follow a “Word of Wisdom”, which is some simple general councel on health that tells us to avoid addictive substances like coffee and tea. We avoid movies that don’t really fall in-line with our beliefs. We get together as a family to strengthen our relationships, and help shore-up our children against the barage of choices that they will encounter in the world. We store food so that we can always have something on hand in case of emergency, loss of job, or to help others in their time of need.
Mormonism Core Beliefs
We have a simple set of core beliefs called the “Articles of Faith“. They are a brief outline of what Mormons believe. Here they are:
- We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
- We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
- We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
- 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.
- 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.
- We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
- We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
- 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.
- We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
- 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.
Specific questions about Mormonism
If you have more specific questions about Mormonism, please feel free to ask. I’m happy to answer your questions, or point you to an official trusted source for information on Mormonism.