Introduction to Mormon Beliefs

A basic introduction to what Mormons believe...

Joseph Smith's Account Of What Happened In The Sacred Grove, Near His Home In Palymra, New York Is Known As "The Vision".
Joseph Smith's Account Of What Happened In The Sacred Grove, Near His Home In Palymra, New York Is Known As "The Vision".

Seven Important Facts About Mormomism

  1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's True Church upon the earth, today.
  2. Jesus Christ Is the Savior and Redeemer of All Mankind and His Atoning Sacrifice is for All!
  3. The Earth was Created for Man.
  4. There is a Plan for the Salvation of Every Person.
  5. Our Father in Heaven Is the Literal Father of Our Spirits.
  6. Temples of God have Always Been How the People of God Worship Him.
  7. How We Live Our Lives Is Directly Related to Our Eternal Happiness!

So What DO Mormons Believe?

I have outlined here - seven points or doctrinal truths - that I believe are very important for those who would like to learn about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, our doctrines, beliefs and practices.

Granted, there are many more than seven important points of our doctrines and teachings, but I believe that the ones I am focusing on right here are critical for you to understand from a Mormon's perspective - so that you may better understand the Mormon Religion and the members of the LDS Church.

These will be brief introductions to those subjects in Mormonism that you may want to further explore and understand through further investigation.

Actually - I hope that you do - because these are eternally important truths - that are taught within the LDS Church - that will bring you closer to Jesus Christ as they are better understood, and practiced.

God has a Plan for All of His Children

And He Is In Complete Control Of How Things Will Work Out Here In This Life...  It Is His Plan, therefore it is Perfect!
And He Is In Complete Control Of How Things Will Work Out Here In This Life... It Is His Plan, therefore it is Perfect!

What Do MORMONS believe About Jesus Christ The Son Of God?

Joseph Smith Jr. - The Prophet Of The Restoration

"The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it."

The Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon is the powerful evidence that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God. Within the book, a promise is given from God, like no other in the history of the world - that for those who sincerely read and pray about its truthfulness and au
The Book of Mormon is the powerful evidence that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God. Within the book, a promise is given from God, like no other in the history of the world - that for those who sincerely read and pray about its truthfulness and au

1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Is the Lord's True Church.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accept Joseph Smith Jr. as the Lord's prophet who has ushered in the dispensation of the fullness of times - and to bring about the complete restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - in the latter day, as prophesied in scripture.

Contrary to what many suggest, Mormons do NOT worship Joseph Smith, and in fact, there could in reality - be nothing further from the truth of how Mormons believe in Christ.

We worship God the Eternal Father and Follow His Son Jesus Christ, whom He has sent...

By keeping His commandments - which fulfills the first and second great commandments... we then may return back into both of their presences - and inherit all that the Father gave unto His Son; and this because we have taken His Name, upon us.

We testify that the account known as "The First Vision" - in which God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith - did in reality take place.

One of the magnificent miracles that followed this great vision and revelation was the coming forth of the Book of Mormon - Another testament of Jesus Christ.

Through the promise contained in the Book of Mormon - all men may come to know that the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is as claimed - and that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God in the same model as Moses, Abraham and Isaiah.

This we boldly testify of, but also testify that you must find this out for yourself, regardless of what we say.

Joseph Smith Jr. The Mormon Prophet - Read account then watch this video...

Joseph Smith declared...

The Prophet Joseph Smith's testimony that God lives, Jesus is the Christ, his ancient gospel has been restored, and that the Church of Jesus Christ is again available to all mankind—the testimony that he first bore to his neighbors in upstate New York—can now be heard around the world in many different languages. The truth of God rolls forth!

2. Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of All Mankind and His Atoning Sacrifice Is For All!

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - we firmly testify that Jesus Christ is our personal Savior and Redeemer.

This personal testimony of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, is the very foundation of the teachings of the LDS Church - that one must develop to be considered a true follower of Jesus Christ...

  • 1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
  • 3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

    (Articles Of Faith)

The Lord has a Plan... Did you Know that Families are Forever?

God Created The World For You... His Child! And There Is A Great And Eternal Purpose For YOU!

The eternal destiny of this earth is that it will fill the measure of its creation according to God.  Man too, as he becomes obedient to the commandments of God - may also fill the measure of his creation - which is to become like God, Whose children
The eternal destiny of this earth is that it will fill the measure of its creation according to God. Man too, as he becomes obedient to the commandments of God - may also fill the measure of his creation - which is to become like God, Whose children

3. The Earth was Created for Man.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches - that God created the earth for man, not man for the earth. As God blessed and sanctified the earth on the seventh day - a day of completion... LDS believe that our lives follow a similar pattern in the path of coming unto God, and thus - returning back to the paradisaical state of rest as was had in the Garden of Eden.

As the earth passes through seven Millenia to complete and fulfil the measure of its creation, so too - as we choose to become obedient to the laws and commandments of God - thus we fulfill the measure of our Creation.

Man - is God's greatest creation and Mormons believe in revealed scripture in the latter days - brought forth through a restoration of all things - that teach the purpose of God creating the earth for our benefit...

  • Moses 1:39 "This is my work and my Glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."

Each Life... has Deep Individual Worth and Meaning..

4. There is a Plan for the Salvation of Every Person.

Mormon (a nickname for members of the LDS Church) believe that God has a plan for each one of His Children. We believe that we existed with Him - as spirit children - prior to our coming to this earth.

We believe that as part of what we call The Plan Of Salvation - one of the most important reasons for coming to earth, was so that we could gain a physical body. Unlike many other religions Mormonism teaches that the physical body is a blessing to the spirit, which it houses.

  • "Ye are the temple of God".

We believe that as Jesus Christ was resurrected and His Eternal Spirit was restored, in perfection, to a beautiful and immortal body - we too will be recipients of this eternal gift through the Atonement of Jesus Christ - as part of the Plan Of Salvation.

Salvation comes through the mission of Jesus Christ. ALL men are saved as to a resurrection and immortal state of being, following their sojourn here upon the earth... and throughout all eternity.

We believe that according to our lives here - we will be judged equal to the knowledge that we received of Jesus Christ and our willingness to be true to that light.... therefore qualifying us for Eternal Life!

We believe that the family is ordained of God and that marriage is only between and man and a woman - therefore perpetuating the great eternal plan for the redemption of families throughout eternity.

We believe that through ordiances and covenants made in holy temples, that we can be sealed or married to our eternal companions beyond this life and that through that sealed union - we can be together forever as families eternally.

We believe that our Father in Heaven is the patriarchal example of that which exists here upon earth.... although now - in a very imperfect state... nonetheless - this plan is His way to bring about His eternal purposes.

Ultimately we believe that as we follow the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed through modern prophets - that we may receive a reward of Eternal Life and Exaltation... which are the greatest of all the gifts of God and given to those who are willing to follow Him and keep His commandments which He has given them.

Each one of us - are His child.

To return to Him, we must become "as" a little child - humble, meek, submissive, patient, etc...  For such is the Kingdom of Heaven!
To return to Him, we must become "as" a little child - humble, meek, submissive, patient, etc... For such is the Kingdom of Heaven!

5. Our Father in Heaven is the Literal Father of Our Spirits.

One of the most powerful truths that came from the vision, of which the boy Joseph Smith was given - was an eternal truth that had been lost through the many mistranslations and interpretations of the Bible.

  • 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. (Article of Faith #8)

What Joseph was clearly taught and which has been debated over since the apostasy following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ - is the true nature of the Godhead.

Because of this pure doctrine becoming so corrupted - we have the history of what Constantine who was a political leader decided to do - because of the great divisions among his people at the time... therefore he brought together the "great" minds of his day and together through debate - brought forth a document that has influenced Christianity until this day.

Many protestant churches believe that they have broken away from the teachings and influences of these doctrines of the Catholic Church - as they fully could see - that all true authority as in the days of Christ - were gone. Many early Christian reformers knew that nothing but a complete restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ would rectify the corruption that had taken place since the death of Jesus and His Apostles -- to restore true authority.

Although gratefully these humble Christians did chose to break away from those with no authority - they took with them false teachings that have influenced the way the Bible is interpreted to this very day.

In essence, they are very little better off today...

  • 1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. (Article of Faith)

As God's chosen prophet of the restoration to reveal all truth necessary for the salvation of mankind - first and foremost is that the Godhead consist of three separate and distinct "individuals".

Also - that God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ both have bodies of flesh and bone - who are perfected and resurrected beings of Glory and Majesty.

The teachings and witness of Joseph Smith, clearly reveal that each one of us are the sons and daughter of Deity with a divine nature to progress through this life...

Those who accept the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - through His authorized servants, which He has always utilized here upon the earth to preach His Gospel - may, like Him... lay claim to all the blessings and promises that Jesus Christ Himself was given by His and our Father.

  • Eternal Life and Exaltation are the inheritance that is our birthright from the days of Adam and Abraham and today through the restoration of His Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith, who received all Priesthood authority and keys to administer salvation for the children of God upon the earth.

As with any legal birthright - the authority to grant it - is required!

  • 5. 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. (Articles of Faith)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Claim a Restoration of the Ancient Church of Christ - through the Boy Prophet, Joseph Smith Jr.

The People of God, Have Always Ascended Up to the Mount (temple) to Worship Him...

Adam and Even went to the mount and built an altar, offered sacrifices, thus they worshiped their God...
Adam and Even went to the mount and built an altar, offered sacrifices, thus they worshiped their God...
Throughout ancient scripture there are many evidences of Temples built and destroyed by God, because of corruption of the people...
Throughout ancient scripture there are many evidences of Temples built and destroyed by God, because of corruption of the people...
Personal righteousness, through covenant making and keeping qualify those who have come unto Him in Holy Temples for His Spirit to dwell in them...
Personal righteousness, through covenant making and keeping qualify those who have come unto Him in Holy Temples for His Spirit to dwell in them...
The Salt lake Temple is a symbol as the Temples are, of the firm commitment to the covenants of God.  This temple took forty years to complete, for these early Saints of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ...
The Salt lake Temple is a symbol as the Temples are, of the firm commitment to the covenants of God. This temple took forty years to complete, for these early Saints of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ...
Nauvoo, Illinois.  The Nauvoo temple was desecrated and then destroyed after the martydom of the Prophet Joseph Smith... and has just recently been rebuilt and restored to its original specifications - as a symbol of our faith...
Nauvoo, Illinois. The Nauvoo temple was desecrated and then destroyed after the martydom of the Prophet Joseph Smith... and has just recently been rebuilt and restored to its original specifications - as a symbol of our faith...

6. Temples of God Have Always Been How the People of God Worship Him.

The most important facet of membership - in the Church of Jesus Christ, in these latter days, or at any time in all the history of the world - is that the fruits of the Spirit - MUST be manifest... not only as a Church - within the body of Christ -- but even more important and significant for the individual members - is that the Spirit of revelation is active and known in their personal lives... increasing their faith daily.

Meaning those - who by covenants - take His Name upon themselves, therefore qualifying for the reception of the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

  • 4. 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. (Articles Of Faith)

Jesus Christ Himself, in early Christianity - taught of our divinity and eternal worth through his living prophet at the time - Paul, - who to the Corinthians, expounded boldly to those who were of the Church - members of The Church of Jesus Christ anciently...

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

After Paul, asked the Saints, such a direct question as to WHO they were... he continued in warning the members of the Church...

17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. (1Corinthians Chapter 3)

This powerful teaching of a living prophet of God, after the Savior was no longer among His people - was prophetic teaching that was meant to wake up the Saints to thier true condition and to warn them not to be decieved of men and the ways of the world.

Paul was desperate, therefore passionate to teach them - for he foresaw and knew of the great apostasy that lay quickly ahead, as the children of Christ would no longer follow the prophets of God, and went the ways of the world... forgetting the covenants that they had made - for the philosophies of man, that apparently were much more appealing that rules.

History reveals and records the rejection of living prophets, chosen by Him, and following His absence physically among His people...

And as any good historian will note history always repeats itself, according to "man".

The members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in covenants made with God - unto personal salvation - which must be administered by those with proper authority from God.

  • 5. 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. (Articles Of Faith)

The Priesthood authority that is claimed in the LDS Church came through the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was give first - to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

Mormon Temples - Ancient and Modern - The Outside Looking In...

7. How We Live Our Lives is directly Related to Our Eternal Happiness!

  • 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. (Article of Faith)

I'm A Mormon!

On Revelation...

"Men have come to speak of the revelation as somewhat long ago given and done, as if God were dead.

It is the office of a true teacher to show us that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake.

...the need was never greater of new revelation than now."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

As Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, We Have Hope as we Exercise Our Faith In His Great Plan for Our Happiness...

How we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ live our lives is important not only now - but we firmly believe that our choices and actions will determine our eternal happiness.

Once again, contrary to many who purport that which is different than what Mormons actually do believe, we willingly choose to make and keep sacred covenants with God - just like His children have always been required to do.

Commandments - by the standards of the world are seen as rules.

The natural man in each of us - rejects rules in general and plays by the rules of man, in order to gain a thing... whatever that may be. Practically speaking - once we submit to most reasonable "ules in society, etc... we usually find that there is a benefit to us in the long-term.

Even though "if" I could, I would drive my Porsche at about 120 mph... but if I "just did" - the consequences in opposition to just abiding by the law - could very well be "death"! It is a gamble to not keep rules - in general. Although at times we may not agree or understand the long-term value or how actions affect the whole.

Most evidence suggest that those who are rebellious and do not "like" rules... live a fairly secluded life, due to their lack of ultimate freedom... Interesting, isn't it.

It is a great impostor "philosophy" - which dominates the human mind, that tells us - that "rules" - or commandments if you will - take away individual freedom!

God does not think like man. That is an absolute truth. Commandments are "how" God is able to bless his children not only this now, but eternally.

As we exercise our freedom to "choose" God, over mans philosophies (and he is LOUD) we unlock the ability for God, who is our Father - to bless our lives here and now!.

How? Consequences are rewards that bless our lives from the very moment we make a choice according to light that we have been given.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ - IS Light.

I am the Light and LIFE of the World! Come - Follow Me.

Jesus Christ was the great example of submitting to authority - to one greater than even HIM. He lived and died so that we, too - might know how to do the very same thing... the very same works - unto Salvation and Eternal Life!

Christ is the VICTORY of which He now - offers to all of mankind - as we use that powerful right of individual agency to - walk with Him.

tDMg

LDSNana-AskMormon


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Robert Skaggs 8 years ago

I think this Hub will be one of your most important. It clearly describes the unique place of the Mormon Church. I hope your 7 points will be considered by many people.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Robert -

Thank you. I really enjoyed putting this Hub together. I hope many will get a bit more insight into some of the more unique doctrines of the Mormon church and consider why they are important...

I have found that writing here on HubPages, has allowed more clarification on many points of the LDS Church that perhaps have been misunderstood.

I really appreciate being able to write about the Mormon Church and helping people to understand our teachings here.

Thank you for commenting.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


Tony Scialdone 8 years ago

I have a question about #2. After reading Bruce R. McConkie's book "Mormon Doctrine" I was confused by the section on Blood Atonement. Does the LDS church teach that there are ANY sins that are NOT covered by Jesus' death?

Thanks.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Tony,

Touchy question for some members of the LDS Church:-) Because the book "Mormon Doctrine" is not an official publication of the Church, although in most of his writings he is quite spot on.... nonetheless, there are some definite singular teachings which are taught in Bruce R. McConkie's book.

Also, there are quite a few different printings, as he was asked to take out certain teachings in the book... again, not all was removed.

As expected, but not approved by the LDS Church, Elder McConkie's book is thought of by many - to be "official" in its teachings. It is still relied on quite a bit, by members of the Church for clarification of LDS doctrine. Interesting huh? Again, it is not an official printing of the LDS Church.

From the Book of Mormon - Alma Chapter 39

After speaking on chastity, which is most abominable to the Lord, Alma continues...

5 Know ye not, my son, that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominable• above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood• or denying the Holy Ghost?

6 For behold, if ye deny• the Holy Ghost when it once has had place in you, and ye know that ye deny it, behold, this is a sin which is unpardonable•; yea, and whosoever murdereth against the light and knowledge of God, it is not easy for him to obtain forgiveness•; yea, I say unto you, my son, that it is not easy for him to obtain a forgiveness.

This is not an 'official' statement of the LDS Church, but taken from a talk printed in an official LDS publication, The Ensign magazine. It gives a brief summary which puts forth the position of the Church fairly well...

"We know that the Atonement is efficacious for all except those committing the unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost (see Matt. 12:31). However, in our associations with each other on earth, violation of the sixth commandment represents the most heinous crime that can be perpetrated.

The murderer, by terminating an individual’s earthly experience, sins grievously against the person he has killed. Those who murder steal the precious gift of mortal experience from another and set themselves in open opposition to God, the giver of life.

Further, murderers place themselves in a position where it is impossible to ask forgiveness of the one sinned against or to make restitution—at least in this life. So grievous is the act that the Prophet Joseph Smith said murderers “cannot be forgiven, until they have paid the last farthing.” 2

Further, many of the major moral issues of our day are related to the sixth commandment in one way or another when we take into account the postscript the Lord added to it in modern revelation: “Thou shalt not … kill, nor do anything like unto it” (D&;;C 59:6; emphasis added).

Today’s news headlines and broadcasts are full of issues “like unto it”: suicide, abortion, 3 mercy killing, toxic pollution, knowing transmittal of AIDS, and more."

Here is a link to the entire talk - "Thou Shalt Not Kill" by Arthur R. Bassett

http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=23...

I hope this helps clarify this issue for you. The LDS Church today, as I understand this topic, does not teach the doctrine of blood atonement, nor practice such a teaching. I am aware of the doctrine though and I believe I understand your question.

Whether an individual is able to be forgiven in this life or not, we believe that other than the sin against the Holy Ghost - at some point, be it here or in the next life - a man, through the atonement of Jesus Christ, may reconcile his sins before God and be cleansed.

Only those who deny Jesus Christ completely, will be denied of the blessings of His atoning sacrifice. I believe we refer to those as 'sons of perdition'.

tMDg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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dr.schilaty 8 years ago from Loveland, Colorado

Great missionary tool! Have you had a lot of success passing on referrals?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

dr.schilaty -

On occasion I personally receive wonderful emails from individuals that have read my hubs here on hubpages. I direct them to the links I have given here that go directly to the LDS Church. I also like to suggest that they visit LDS.Net - where they can talk with hundreds of great LDS members and ask their questions. LDS.Net is a very supportive website under the umbrella of the "More Good Foundation" who support directly, but not officially -The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and their online missionary efforts.

It is a wonderful system for sending those who desire to know more about the Mormon Church.

I know that this article has a good e-mail circulation from members of the LDS Church to send to their friends and family.

I am a moderator and staff member on LDS.net

Thanks for reading.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


Thomas1016 8 years ago

There is no indication of an apostate church to which Mormons refer. Genuine Christianity never was eliminated from the earth. There may have been people that claimed or thought they were Christians but were not even within church leadership. Jesus even warned of wolves in sheeps clothing. In the early days of the church letters or epistles were written to encourage, strengthen, teach, and also admonish the bretheren. However the church also had to contend with false teachers. The largest of which were the Gnostics who wrote false letters such as the Gospel of Mary, Gospel of Thomas, and many others. The council of Nicea (which there were 2 council of Niceas) was an attempt to sort through and get rid of any false teachings and Cannonize the accepted letters. The result being the Bible which is simply a collection of letters or books.

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, "That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:13-18

Second, the argument that the Hebrew and Greek texts were corrupted, several centuries after Christ, is invalid. The textual evidence for both the Old and New Testaments has been verified by scholars from numerous ancient sources. Some Old Testament texts, found recently, actually date to a couple centuries before Christ. Textual studies confirm the accuracy of the current standard Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible.

On the other hand their have been almost 4000 changes made to the Book of Morman from when it was first published. And many of the changes have changed the effected passages to the point of changing their meaning. Now if Joseph Smith divinely translated the Book of Morman then why has it required so many altering changes? Read an original book of Mormon and read a current one and you will see what I mean.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Thomas -

Thank you for taking the time to comment so thoroughly. Christianity, as it is known today has endured much over time, which was prophesied of, in both the Old and New Testaments. In order to fully identify an Apostasy, one must familiarize themselves with both of these Covenants.

You bring up many sweeping issues, which would be impossible for me to address competently on this thread. Suffice it to say, if you will read some of my other hub, you may obtain answers to much that you present here.

The Book of Mormon, although revised - has it's integrity as another testament of Jesus Christ fully intact. The majority of these revisions are very minor and not doctrinally based - which is what most purport.

Here is a very easy fact to understand, so that you might realize that a complete restoration was necessary. In order to be considered "The Church of Jesus Christ"-- it (The Church) MUST be led by a Living Prophet of God.

This is the pattern, of which you mentioned in your post, that was established by The Prophet, when He was Living upon the earth... as He organized His Church under the direction of Peter. Peter was given the Keys of the Kingdom here upon the earth, to administer The Gospel on behalf of Jesus Christ.

The Nicene Counsel, were not theologians or anything like it --- but philosophers of the day... gathered by Constantine - a government ruler of day. Intentions good? Perhaps? Nonetheless, "authority" not any of them had to make Godly decisions and interpretations whatsoever.

Again, The Church of Jesus Christ MUST be led by a Living Prophet of God. This is exactly what Mormonism claims as the authority to call itself "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints".

Please refer to this website (link) and the many articles regarding the Restoration, which are imperative to understand,in the need to restore Authority.

Thank you for your comment. I do hope that you will further seek to understand what Mormonism actually teaches.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon

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Thomas1016 8 years ago

I need to correct a piece of my post above

There is no indication of an apostate church to which Mormons refer. Genuine Christianity never was eliminated from the earth. There may have been people that claimed or thought they were Christians “But were not even within church leadership.”

It should read

There is no indication of an apostate church to which Mormons refer. Genuine Christianity never was eliminated from the earth. There may have been people that claimed or thought they were Christians. "And were even within church leadership."

Also not sure where you got your information that the council of Nicea was made up of philosophers. Constantine actually invited 1800 Bishops from the church and seculer Historians recorded anywhere from 250 - 318 that attended. The participating bishops were given free travel to and from their episcopal see's to the council, as well as lodging. These bishops did not travel alone; each one had permission to bring with him two priests and three deacons so the total number of attendees would have been above 1500. The historian Eusebius speaks of an almost innumerable host of accompanying priests, deacons and acolytes. The council debated and attempted to do away with Heretical teachings that had found their way into the church through false teachers. As well as set up rules of conduct and such for ministers of the church.


TonyFrank1957 3 years ago

In the Bible, 1 John, chapter 4, we can clearly read the criteria for true prophets and false prophets.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

Some people might not recognize the names of these prophets, and they might not recognize the quotes, but everyone will know that these prophets are testifying of Jesus Christ.

600 years before the coming of the Savior, Nephi wrote that the Messiah of whom the prophets had spoken was the Son of God, and he declared, “The way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world if it so be that they repent and come unto him.”

Lehi told his son Jacob, “There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.

“Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved.”

Nephi prophesied to his people, “Behold, they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days, he shall rise from the dead with healing in his wings; and all those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God. Wherefore, my soul delighteth to prophesy concerning him, for I have seen his day and my heart doth magnify his holy name.

“For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

“And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this, ye shall in nowise be cast out.”

King Benjamin foretold the coming of the Savior about 120 years before his birth: “For behold, the time cometh and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.

“And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.”

After King Benjamin finished his lengthy talk putting forth the precepts of eternal salvation, the people responded: “We believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also we know of their surety and truth because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil but to do good continually.”

Abinadi testified to King Noah and his priests, “I say unto you that salvation doth not come by the law alone, and were it not for the atonement, which God himself shall make for the sins and iniquities of his people, that they must unavoidably perish, notwithstanding the law of Moses.

“For behold, did not Moses prophesy concerning the coming of the Messiah and that God should redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began—have they not spoken more or less concerning these things?

“Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men and take upon him the form of man and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth?

“And have they not said also that he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead and that he, himself, should be oppressed and afflicted?

“I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men and shall redeem his people.”

Abinadi prophesied that the Lord would suffer temptation “and yieldeth not to the temptation but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people.

“And after all this, after working many mighty miracles among the children of men, he shall be led, yea, even as Isaiah said, as a sheep before the shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

“Even so, he shall be led, crucified, and slain.”

Abinadi continued, “And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men.

“And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come as though they had already come, there could have been no redemption.

“And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death, that the grave should have no victory and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.

“But there is a resurrection, therefore, the grave hath no victory and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.

“He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless that there can be no more death.

“And now, ought ye not to tremble and repent of your sins, and remember that only in and through Christ ye can be saved?”

Alma the elder, who believed the words of Abinadi, went among the people of King Noah teaching the words of Abinadi. He taught them about the resurrection of the dead and the redemption that would be brought to pass through the power, and sufferings, and death of Christ and his resurrection and ascension into heaven.

In due time, Alma returned to the land of Zarahemla and organized the Church of Christ among the Nephites throughout the land, and all those who desired to take upon them the name of Christ joined themselves to the Church.

Not long afterwards, the Lord spoke unto Alma these words: “Blessed is this people who are willing to bear my name; for in my name shall they be called; and they are mine.” (I love that verse.)

The Lord also said to Alma, “Thou art my servant; and I covenant with thee that thou shalt have eternal life; and thou shalt serve me and go forth in my name and shalt gather together my sheep.

“And he that will hear my voice shall be my sheep; and him shall ye receive into the church and him will I also receive.

“For behold, this is my church; whosoever is baptized shall be baptized unto repentance. And whomsoever ye receive shall believe in my name and him will I freely forgive.

“For it is I that taketh upon me the sins of the world; for it is I that hath created them; and it is I that granteth unto him that believeth unto the end a place at my right hand.

“For behold, in my name are they called; and if they know me, they shall come forth and shall have a place eternally at my right hand.

“And it shall come to pass that when the second trump shall sound, then shall they that never knew me come forth and shall stand before me. (That would include all those who have rejected the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.)

“And then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, that I am their Redeemer; but they would not be redeemed.”

Alma the younger, after having gone about with the sons of Mosiah seeking to destroy the church of God, and after having had an angel appear unto him to admonish him of his iniquity, and after having been racked with the pains of eternal torment for three days, testified to the people, “I have repented of my sins and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 3 years ago from Southern California Author

Tony,

So beautiful. Thank you.


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Petroley 3 years ago from Zenica, Bosnia

Last week I met some of Mormon missionars, and I have a pleasurable chat with them. They give me the Book Of Mormon. I`ve read it but, The some believes really impress me, their behavior is very nice, very polite folks. Next Sunday I will go to their church to get to know them better.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 3 years ago from Southern California Author

Petroley, I wish you all the best, as you study the gospel with the Mormon missionaries. Please let me know how things go, or if I can answer any of your questions.

Best,

Kathryn


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William15 2 years ago from America

Very well done. Thanks for posting.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 2 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you, William.

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