The Mormons, A Few Key Points
Major Christian and American Denomination, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints
The Mormon church was founded by Joseph Smith, Jr (1805-1844), as the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in 1830 in New York. The church presidency is located in Salt Lake City Utah today.
Its basic writings and scripture are The Book of Mormon; Doctrine and Covenants; Pearl of Great Price, the Bible (King James Version);authoritative teachings of Mormon prophets and other Latter-day Saints general authorities.
They believe that God the Father was once a man, but progressed to godhood. He has a physical body, as does his wife. There is no Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate gods. Worthy men may one day become gods themselves.
They teach that Jesus is a separate god from the Father (Elohim). He was created as a spirit child by the Father and Mother in Heaven, and is the elder brother of men and spirit beings. His body was created through sexual union between Elohim and Mary. Jesus was married. His death on the cross does not provide full atonement for all sin, but does provide everyone with resurrection.
The holy spirit is different from the Holy Ghost. The holy spirit is not God, but is an influence of electricity-like emanation from God, and also called the "light of Christ".
Resurrection is by grace, but salvation (saved or exaulted to godgood) is by works, including faithfulness to church leaders, Mormon baptism, tithing, ordination, marrage, secret temple rituals, and Mormon membership.
Their after death beliefs involve nearly everyone going to one of three separate heavenly kingdoms with some achieving godhood. Apostates and murderers go to "outer darkness".
Other beliefs include no alcohol, tobacco, coffee, or tea. Baptism on behalf of the dead. Two year missionary commitment encouraged. Door-to-door proselytizing. Secret temple rituals available only to members in good standing. Extensive social network. People of African ancestry not granted full access to Mormon priesthood and privileges until 1978.
Other concepts of Mormonism that may require interpretation and further reading are as follows:
Mormons believe that God continues to reveal new things till return of Christ. Theistic Evolution: As man now is, God once was, and as God is now, man may become.
God is not a spirit but has a body of flesh and bones like a man. If you could see God you would see an individual.
Polygamy on earth (<1925) and marriage in heaven.
God had sex with Mary to conceive Jesus. Mary had actual sexual union with God.
Two main groups exist. The Utah Latter Day Saints (LDS) and the Missouri based Reformed Latter Day Saints (RLDS).