What kind of questions would you ask a Mormon?
I see all kinds of questions about Mormons and Mormonism, but what I wonder most is, what basic questions on Mormonism do people have? What things do people really want to know about Mormons? What are people curious about when it comes to our Mormon church, faith and ideas?
I’ll touch on a few points in Mormon belief that I have noticed an interest in, but I am always looking for more insights and more questions. If you have a question on Mormonism, please always feel free to send it my way, and I’ll do my best to answer it for you!
1. What is a Mormon?
The answer to this is simple: a “Mormon” is a member of the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” The term “Mormon” is simply a nick-name given to members of the church based on the “Book of Mormon.” To some, the nick-name is too familiar and possibly offensive, but to me, it is a whole lot easier to say than the full name of the church. My only concern is that people do realize that we are centered around Jesus Christ, as the full name of the church indicates.
2. What is the Book of Mormon
The natural next question is usually, “well, what is the Book of Mormon then?” The Book of Mormon is a volume of ancient scripture, translated in the mid 1800’s, which covers the history of an ancient people that lived on the American continents from about 600 B.C. to 400 A.D. and beyond. The book covers about 1000 years of religious history, touching also on some other aspects of the people, including wars and government. Above all else, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, the ministry of His Prophets and Apostles, and His Gospel. Mormons read and use the Book of Mormon along side the Bible.
3. Do Mormons believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world?
Many who have questions about what Mormons are, already know what Christians are: people who believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. We are no different, and believe that only in and through Jesus Christ can mankind be saved. This short paragraph from LDS.org illustrates clearly our believe in Jesus Christ:
Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God the Father in the flesh. He was the Creator, He is our Savior, and He will be our Judge. Under the direction of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the earth. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross—that is, by performing the Atonement—Jesus Christ saves us from our sins as we follow Him. Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ saves us from physical death. Because He overcame death, we will all be given the gift of resurrection
4. Why do Mormons store food?
I get this question a lot, and have addressed the topic a few times on this website. We are encouraged to store food in case of need. That need might stem from natural disaster, loss of employment, unexpected expenses, death of a loved one, etc. The concept of food storage is not really a “the end is near!” mentality; we believe that when you are prepared, you shall not fear. To me, having a little bit of supplies stored away that I can use in case of need is a great comfort. Regardless of religious beliefs, I feel that everyone should store some food and other supplies for use in case of emergency.
5. What is a Mormon Prophet?
The concept of having a Prophet on the earth is not at all new, but was lost for a time after the Apostles that Jesus ordained were all persecuted and killed. The authority to act in God’s name was lost from the earth for a time, which we know as “the great apostasy.” To bring the earth out of darkness, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to a young boy who earnestly sought to know which church to join. This young boy was named Joseph Smith, and God called him as the Prophet of “the Restoration.”
Today, we believe that the authority from God has been restored to the earth, and the Church is led by Prophets, Apostles, and all of the other organizational elements that existed in the Church during Christ’s time on earth.
6. Why do Mormons send missionaries all over the world?
Mormon missionaries pay their own way, work voluntarily, and give up two years of their lives to share their beliefs with others. Some are receptive, and will open their doors and invite the missionaries to chat, while others simply don’t want to hear about the Mormon church. We absolutely respect every person’s individual right to choose for themselves what they believe. At the same time, we share a message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, of our Father in Heaven’s love and true character as our Father, of the possibility of eternal families, and of joy in this life through following the basic principles and commandments of God. It is a simple message that doesn’t take long to share, and we feel that knowing these things helps people to better understand themselves, where they came from, their place on this earth, and what happens after this life is over.
I am sure there are many other questions; I am relying on you to let me know what they are! Feel free to ask, I will answer your questions about basic mormon principles, beliefs and doctrines as best I can.