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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS and the Mormon Church

Updated on January 1, 2017

What Do Mormons Believe?

The first time I was exposed to what Mormonism beliefs are - I was watching the sarcastic and offensive episode from South Park, (season 6 episode 12), that describes how Joseph Smith started a new religion.

I couldn't believe the silly cartoon so then I decided to read about Joseph Smith myself. I found out why Joseph Smith and his followers kept moving outside the United States repeatedly and the US expanded again and again that kept the Mormons moving further and further west.. After Joseph Smith died, the movement settled in Utah, the land of "milk and honey".

Divining for Gold (woodcut dated 1569)
Divining for Gold (woodcut dated 1569) | Source

Joeseph Smith Childhood

During the time that Joseph Smith was growing up in New York, the area was afire with religious fervor, unencumbered from state religions of the old world. As a child his family sold cakes and beer during the traveling revivals where the language of believers was absorbed by little Joe.

Both Joseph and his father witched for gold in upstate New York and is part of the reason for roaming from town to town. They had to move due to angry unsatisfied customers who had hired the diviners.

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Links to historic events and current tenets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the LDS Church or, colloquially, the Mormon Church.

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Books on Early Mormonism

Solomon Mack and his Autobiography The Smith Family Chapter 2 ~ Religious Characteristics of the Prophet's Mother ~ The Family Life in Vermont ~ Early Occupations in New York State ~ Pictures of the Prophet as a Youth ~ Recollections of the Smiths by their New York Neighbors

"The Book of Mormon" by Edward G. Miner

Does being a devout Mormon require an ethos of systematic lying because LDS is a sociopathic theosophy?

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    Kelley 4 years ago from California

    The story of the Mormons is a very interesting one, but also very simple. Either you believe Joseph Smith was a prophet or you don't. I'll stick with the Bible and its prophets. Later!

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    ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

    Wow - glad you escaped! When I heard that J.S. was following his father's footsteps witching for gold in upstate NY - well that right there shows what kind of person the founder is.

    I'm a pornographic hairy spider? Hmmmm - Let me see if I can google that image for this hub. hehehehehehehe :)

    Oh - spider sex

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    OldWitchcraft 5 years ago from The Atmosphere

    They are racist, but they hate women even more. The entire religion was founded on J.S. getting to have sex with a lot of young girls and other people's wives. The church's foundation rests on sexual perversion because its founder was a sexual predator.

    I see a lot of the racism as being about controlling women... they feel (like many white men seem to) that they own white women. At its core, Mormonism is a eugenics breeding program intended to use white women to breed more white girls for them to abuse.

    Incidentally, my authority on this subject lies in the fact that I escaped this organization at age 19. There are a lot of sites for people recovering from their contact with this organization, but it's been 25 years for me and no recovery yet - it's all coming back like a horrible nightmare since this Romney guy has been in the news and could be Prez.

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    OldWitchcraft 5 years ago from The Atmosphere

    They have a tremendous lot of property in the Hawaiian Islands, also.

    I have written a hub here on occultism and witchcraft in Mormonism. You can find it by clicking on my profile. In it I talk about the occult origins of the church. The entire church is based on fraud and black magic and more fraud and lies to cover up the black magic. Like other masonic style organizations, the Mormons have a front or "porch" with the majority of members serving those at the core and the top of the pyramid. Those "porch" Mormons really don't know what's going on at the core. And, they are instructed on how to tell lies in response to questions from outsiders. They are instructed on how outsiders will behave and to stay far away from people and information that is unfavorable to the church - seeing "anti-Mormon" literature or discussions (like this one) makes them feel the same way other people feel when they see porn or a big hairy spider. This is a conditioned emotional response to anything they regard as "anti-Mormon" - like the truth.

    The church is full of lies and cover ups. They keep revising their rituals and even their books as more and more people discover the scandalous and silly things in it.

    Mormons, also, hang on to their lies because if they become unbelievers, it's just about the same as being dead because they will lose their families, their standing in the community, maybe their jobs, depending on how involved they have become with the organization. The deeper they're in, the more indoctrinated they are and the more difficult it is for them to get out. This is all by design.

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    ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

    What's really weird is that it's the fastest growing religion in Pacifica.

    BTW: At one point, transported Mormon Hawaiians to Utah - that experiment didn't survive long.

    The island of Ni'ihau is owned by a single Mormon family and there is not allowed any drinking, smoking, cars, electricity and visitors. One supply ship a week.

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    f_hruz 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    What's so scary, they are also obviously racists ... and have a lot of followers who really fall for all of this!

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    ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

    baguioboy: How is the LDS politically neutral? Even by saying or doing nothing is a form of communication.

    I did what you told me to do and found this @ Please tell me if slavery is still acceptable to LDS or if this is merely a historical reference.

    12 We believe it just to preach the gospel to the nations of the earth, and warn the righteous to save themselves from the corruption of the world; but we do not believe it right to interfere with bond-servants, neither preach the gospel to, nor baptize them contrary to the will and wish of their masters, nor to meddle with or influence them in the least to cause them to be dissatisfied with their situations in this life, thereby jeopardizing the lives of men; such interference we believe to be unlawful and unjust, and dangerous to the peace of every government allowing human beings to be held in servitude.

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    baguioboy 5 years ago

    What is not mentioned at all in this hub is the basic book that the LDS Church relies on and reads every day in addition to the Bible--the Book of Mormon. Reading that book will give you a far better idea of what Mormon beliefs are than anything on this page, most of which is either inaccurate or focuses on aspects of LDS beliefs that are relatively minor. The entire text, with footnotes and cross-references to the Bible, can be found here:

    I would also recommend and as being much more accurate descriptions of what Mormons believe and practice--that is, that they believe in Jesus Christ and that they are the restored Church of Jesus Christ come again on the earth.

    If Mitt Romney has the potential to become the President, you owe it to yourself to have accurate information about his beliefs, even if the LDS Church is politically neutral.

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    f_hruz 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    What a great hub!

    Being religious requires a lot of irrational beliefs. How someone can be a faithful Christian boggles the mind knowing the Mormon cult wants to be part of it all ...

    Very informative - thanks!