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Mormons (real name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) have been compared and confused with the Amish, Jehovah Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, and Evangelical Christians.
While we may have some similarities with these religions, and respect them, our beliefs do have very distinct differences from theirs. Most people know us for what we can't do rather than what we can actually do.
The girl in the video was a classmate of mine at BYU Hawaii.
There is a fairly new website at http://www.mormon.org/people/ which has several videos made similar to these. You can see that we come from many different places and have a variety of interests. The thing we have in common is our commitment to Jesus Christ, to family and our neighbors.
On the website, you can choose a gender, age group and ethnicity to find someone perhaps more similar to yourself than those I have put up videos for. Each picture is linked to a profile and they tell their story. You can even chat with someone if you have more questions.
Facts about Mormons
As of December 2009:
- Stakes 2,865
- Missions 344
- Districts 616
- Wards and Branches 28,424
- Total Church Membership 13,824,854
- New Children of Record during 2009 119,722
- Converts Baptized during 2009 280,106
- Number of Full-Time Missionaries 51,736
- Temples Dedicated during 2009 2
- Temples in Operation 130
Information taken from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Statistical Report given in the General Conference Aprill 2010.
Misconceptions about Mormons
Mormons are not Christians - we are!
Mormons reject salvation through the grace of Christ? We do believe that we are saved through the grace of Christ.
They believe good works alone bring salvation? We believe Christ paid the price for our sins on condition of our sincere effort and repentance.
Mormons are polytheistic. As in the Athanasian Creed, written some years after the Nicene Creed, it states:
"We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the persons, nor dividing the substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost."
The Father and the Son are physically distinct as is evident in John 17. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one Godhead and are physically separate, but unified in purpose.
Mormons worship Joseph Smith. We consider Joseph Smith as a prophet just like Moses and Abraham. He restored the gospel in these latter days.
So, as you can see, we can do a lot of things. Yes, we have rules about not smoking, not drinking, not dating before age 16; we believe in attending church every sunday, paying full tithing and helping the poor, and many more that I could go on about, but I will stop here. I hope this helped you to know more about Mormons (our nickname BTW).
The best site to find out the truth about Mormons (LDS), and the most recent statistical data go to: