The Truth About Mormons

s7[1]Here is an example of a misconception that I once saw at a museum:

The reason that the world is light when the Sun is up: The Sun is like a giant vacuum cleaner that sucks up darkness.

Pretty silly, right?

That is how I feel when I hear lies about my religion. I belong to the Mormon Church. ‘Mormon Church’ is just a nickname, by the way. The real name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

Here are some untruthful things that I’ve heard people say about Mormons:

1. Mormons have multiple wives

We don’t. It is easy to see where this misconception originated. In the 1840’s, some men in our church did have multiple wives, including a few of my ancestors. But in the 1890’s our prophet was told by God to stop the practice.

2. Mormons aren’t Christians

I have NO IDEA where this one came from. The name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Of course we believe in Christ.

3. Mormons don’t believe in the Bible

We believe that the Bible is the word of God. We also believe in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is the sacred record of the teachings of Christ to people in the ancient Americas. We believe that these two books of scripture together contain a more complete testimony of Christ’s ministry. As I have told people about the Book of Mormon some have scornfully said to me, “We have a Bible. We don’t need any more Bible!” I simply cannot understand this. The Book of Mormon is proof that God speaks to all His children, wherever they may be.

Some things we believe

Our prophet wrote these statements of our beliefs for a newspaper article that was never published. Notice how all except for one start with ‘We believe.’

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.

10 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.

11 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.

12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

13 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.

That is all for now. I will hopefully be posting more on this topic.

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