The Mormon church claims to be the only true church. In God's supposed revelation to Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ told him to join no other church for "they were all wrong . . . their creeds were an abomination . . . those professors [members] were all corrupt" (The Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith-History 1:19). Mormons teach that after the New Testament, all churches became heretical and no true saints existed until the "Church of the Latter-day Saints" was organized, hence their name. Non-Mormons are thus called "Gentiles." The new revelations given to Smith, the institution of the prophet and apostles in the church, the restoration of the divine priesthoods, and the temple ceremonies make the church authentic. True and full salvation or exaltation is found only in the LDS Church.
The Bible is missing "plain and precious parts" according to the Book of Mormon (1 Nephi 13:26) which the other three volumes complete. The Book of Mormon has "the fullness of the gospel" and tells the story of a supposed migration of Israelites in 600 B.C. to the American continent. These Israelites subsequently lapsed into apostasy although their story was preserved on golden plates written in Reformed Egyptian. Joseph Smith, it is said, translated the plates by the "gift and power of God" (Doctrine and Covenants 135:3). Reformed Egyptian does not exist as a language. The golden plates were returned to the angel Moroni after they were transcribed and Moroni returned them to heaven. The Book of Mormon does not contain explicit Mormon doctrine. Doctrines and Covenants contains the revelations of the Mormon prophets-138 in number along with two "declarations." Here, most of Mormon doctrine can be found including the priesthood, baptism for the dead, godhood, and polygamy. The Pearl of Great Price contains Smith's religious history, the Articles of Faith, the Book of Abraham, and the Book of Moses.
God Is an Exalted Man
Elohim, the god of this universe, was previously a man in a prior existence. As a result of having kept the requirements of Mormonism, he was exalted to godhood and inherited his own universe. God is confined to a "body of flesh and bones" (Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22) and yet is thought to be omniscient and omnipotent. He obviously cannot be omnipresent. There are an infinite number of gods with their own worlds-these too were previously men. The Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ, and "Heavenly Father" comprise three separate and distinct gods. Heavenly Father sires spiritual children in heaven destined for human life on earth. All humans, as well as Jesus Christ and Lucifer, are god's heavenly children. (See Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22; God, Jesus, and the Spirit thus had beginnings.)
Jesus Is God's "Son"
Jesus was Heavenly Father's firstborn spirit child in heaven. He was begotten by God through Mary as in a "literal, full and complete sense" in the same "sense in which he is the son of Mary" (Bruce McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1993], p. 67). These two elements of Jesus being literally God's son form his uniqueness in Mormon theology. In the Garden of Gethsemane, as well as on the cross, Jesus atoned for Adam's sin and guaranteed all humankind resurrection and immortality. Jesus visited the Israelites or Indians of North America after his resurrection and established the true church among them. We are the spiritual, but literal, younger brothers and sisters of Christ. Some Mormon documents claim that Jesus was married at Cana in Galilee (see John 2) and had children himself.
Humans Are Gods in Embryo
Every human being has the potential of becoming a god by keeping the requirements of Mormonism. A wellknown statement within Mormonism is, "As man is god once was, as god is man may become." From a prior spirit existence in heaven, humans may be born on earth in order to exercise freedom to choose good or evil and to have a body for the resurrection. Basically, humans are good, but they will be punished for their sin. But by keeping Mormon teaching and obeying the Church and the Prophet, after the resurrection, worthy Mormon males may pass the celestial guards, bring their wives with them, and achieve a status similar to Elohim-the god of this world. The consequences of their sin are erased by their allegiance to the tenets of Mormonism. In resurrection, faithful Mormons receive exaltation to godhood and will exercise dominion over their world.
Mormon Plan of Salvation
The Mormon plan of salvation is built on the idea that all people have eternal life, but only the most faithful Mormons have godhood or enter the celestial kingdom. In order to obtain this ultimate step, Mormons must exercise faith in the God of Mormonism, its Christ, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; exercise repentance; and be baptized in the LDS Church. Additionally, Mormons must keep the "Word of Wisdom" by abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine; tithe to the church; attend weekly sacrament meetings; support the Mormon prophet; do temple works; and be active in their support of the church.
Other Common LDS Terms
Aaronic Priesthood: The lesser of the two divisions of the LDS priesthood.
Bishop: Presiding high priest of a local LDS ward.
Endowment: Ceremony in LDS temples in which worthy members learn sacred (secret) details of the LDS plan of salvation.
First Presidency: Highest leadership and authority group in the LDS church. Normally consists of the president of the church and his two counselors.
Gentiles: All people who are either not Jewish or not members of the LDS church.
Godhead: According to LDS, is three separate divine entities (gods)-the Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. They are united in one purpose.
Gospel: The full system of LDS belief and practice.
Holy Ghost: Divine entity in LDS godhead who is a personage of spirit.
Melchizedek Priesthood: The higher of the two divisions of the LDS priesthood.
Mission: The specific time and place in which a Mormon serves as an LDS missionary.
Restoration: Refers to Heavenly Father's restoring true Christianity and the true church to the earth through Joseph Smith Jr. in the 1820s and 30s.
Sacrament: Ordinance in which elements of bread and water are partaken by LDS members in weekly ward services.
Sealing: Temple services uniting LDS husbands, wives, and children as a family unit for eternity.
Testimony: A subjective experience that validates the LDS church and doctrine to the Mormon. It is sometimes described as a "burning in the bosom."
Tithe: Payment of one-tenth of their annual income made by LDS members to the church.
Who was the Founder of “The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints” (LDS)? Joseph Smith Jr. was the founder of “The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints” (LDS) more commonly known as the Mormon Church, (April 1930 in upstate New York).
2. What did Joseph Smith claim in 1820? Joseph Smith Jr. claimed that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him in 1820, informing him that all the churches were wrong, their creeds an abomination, their professors corrupt.
3. What did Joseph Smith claim in 1823? Joseph Smith Jr. claimed that an angel named Moroni appeared to him in 1823, telling him of golden plates that were buried in a nearby hillside. These Plates allegedly contained a record of ancient peoples who had migrated from the Middle East to America.
4. What did Joseph Smith claim in 1827? Joseph Smith Jr. claimed that the angel Moroni directed him to unearth the plates and begin, with supernatural help,” translating” the “Reformed Egyptian hieroglyphic” characters allegedly inscribed on them.
5. When did Joseph Smith publish the “Book of Mormons”? In March , 1830, Joseph Smith published the resulting “Book of Mormons”, purported to contain the “fullness of the gospel” and found his church one month later.
6. When did Joseph Smith Jr. die? In 1944, Joseph Smith Jr. died at the hands of an angry mob.
7. Approximately, how many members do the Mormons boast today? The Mormon Church boasts a worldwide membership of ten million. Financially, they are second only to the Roman Catholic Church in terms of total wealth.
8. Mormons are known for their emphasis on what values? Mormons are known for their emphasis on “family values” and a clean-cut lifestyle.
9. After the demises of Joseph Smith Jr. in 1944, who took over the leadership of the Mormons? Brigham Young became the second leader and relocated the Mormons to Utah.
10. What is the fundamental difference Mormonism and orthodox Christianity?
a. Mormonism is polytheistic.
1. Mormons believe in an eternal progression of gods betting other gods.
2. God the Father is one such god. He is god over the planet “with whom they have to do.”
3. God the Father is a man, who obtained exaltation to godhood by obedience to the same gospel principles that Mormons strive to obey.
4. God the Father has body of flesh and bones as tangible as ours.
5. They believe that the Father, The Son, and HolyGhost are three separate gods.
6. They believe that man is a god “in embryo” and that he may attain exaltation to godhood as his heavenly father has done.
7. They believe that God and man are of the same “species,” the former being an exalted and gloried of the latter.
b. Christianity is strictly Monotheistic.
1. One God
2. Trinity: One God who exists as three eternal persons sharing the same essence, deity, and substance; yet different in office and person.
11. What do Mormons believe regarding all human beings before their birth into this present world?
a. They believe that all human beings preexisted in heaven as spiritual progeny of a father and mother god/goddess.
b. They believe that when we’re born into this world humans have no memory of their previous existence in the spirit realm.
c. They believe that if you are obedience to the Mormon teachings and certain practices, they will achieve exaltation. Those exalted will inhabit a planet and procreate spirit children, continuing the aforementioned cycle.
12. What do Mormon believe about Lucifer and Jesus Christ?
a. Mormons teach that Lucifer is the spirit brother of Jesus Christ.
b. They believe that Lucifer and Jesus Christ were born procreated by the same parents (that is, in Jesus preexistent state, before his incarnation).
c. They deny the virgin birth.
d. They teach that the human body of Jesus was the produce of actual sexual intercourse between God the Father and Mary.
13. What Do Mormons believe regarding Salvation?
a. Mormons deny the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace.
b. Mormons teach that they can attain salvation through “repentance”, “baptism”, “faith”, and “good works”.
c. They teach that Christ’s atoning work brings about the resurrection of all mankind; but it cannot pay for all a person’s sins or guarantee exaltation.
d. The Mormons believe that Christ work is the beginning of salvation, but human works are needed to complete the process.
e. Mormons teach that depending on their works , people will achieve one of three levels of heaven.
3. Celestial. Temple marriage is required for one to attain the celestial kingdom, the highest level.
14. What do the Mormons believe concerning Continued Revelation?
a. They don’t believe the canon is full (Gospel Doctrine,30) See Romans 15:19.
b. They believe he continues to speak modern revelation. See Jude 3
15. What do the Mormons believe concerning Creation/Creator? They believe that the Gods organized and formed the heaven and earth. They say In the beginning the head of the Gods called a council concocted a plan to create and populate the world and people it (Journal of Discourses, 65; Pearl of great Price, Book of Abraham, 4:1-5) The don’t believe in creation. See Genesis 1:1, Nehemiah 9:6.
16. What do the Mormons believe about the Uniqueness of God? From they’re document, “I will peach on the plurality of Gods…” (Documentary History of the Church, 6:674) See Deuteronomy 6:4. “We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil so you can see” (Documentary History of the Church, 6:304) See Isaiah 44:6.
17. What do the Mormons teach on the Trinity? Mormons don’t believe in the Trinity. They believe in polytheism and tri-theism (The father is a god, the Son is a god, and the holy spirit is a god). “This revealed doctrine of the composition and nature of the Godhead teaches that there are at least three Gods” (Evidences and Reconciliation, 65) See Matthews 28:19 and 1 Corinthian 12:4-6.
18. What do the Mormons believe as it relates to the Nature of God The Father? They say God who sits in Heaven is a man like us (Times and Seasons, 5:613) See Hosea 11:9. They say the Father has a body of flesh and bones (Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22) See John 4:24, Luke 24:39.
19. What do the Mormons teach on the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ? They believe and teach that God is a man (of flesh and bone). The Mormons teach “he was not begotten by the Holy Ghost … Now remember from this time forth, and forever, That Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost” (Journal of Discourses, 1:50-51) (Teachings of the Prophet Ezra Taft Benson,7) See Matthews 1:18, Luke 1:34, 35.
20. What do the Mormons teach on The Atonement of Jesus Christ? “The Blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it” (Journal of Discourses, 3,247). “Joseph smith taught there were certain sins so grievous that man may commit, that they will place the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of Christ” (Doctrines of Salvations, 1:138) See 1 John 1:7; Revelations 1:5; Hebrews 9:28.
21. What do the Mormons teach on The Holy Spirit? “… He can be in only one place at a time and he cannot transform himself into any other form or image than that of the man whom he is” (Mormon Doctrine, 385). Psalms 139: 7-8; Acts 5:3-4.