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Mormonism comprises the religious, institutional, and cultural elements of the early Latter Day Saint movement and its modern denominations deriving from the leadership of Brigham Young and/or the religious innovations introduced by founder Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1840s Nauvoo, Illinois. .Most specifically, the term Mormonism is used to refer to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).^ The release discouraged the use of the term "Mormon Church".
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^ See also: Christian communism: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormonism has had a mixed relationship with socialism in its various forms.
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^ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ( LDS ) is the official title of the religious organization to which those individuals belong who are commonly referred to as "Mormons."
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.The term also applies to Mormon fundamentalism, and to various reformist churches such as the Restoration Church of Jesus Christ and the defunct Godbeites.^ The term Mormon is not a proper term because they are not followers of Mormon; but, of Jesus Christ.
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^ The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth.
  • What is Mormonism? | Book of Mormon Origin Theology 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.whatismormonism.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Our church, the church of Jesus Christ, is the church of the Bible.
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[1] .The term does not generally refer to other branches of the Latter Day Saint movement such as the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) that are not "Brighamites" (followers of Brigham Young), even though they believe in the Book of Mormon.^ See also: Christian communism: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormonism has had a mixed relationship with socialism in its various forms.
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^ I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by the Savior Himself.

^ My great-grandfather joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweden.
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.The term Mormonism derives from the Book of Mormon, one of the faith's religious texts.^ One of them was also a witness for the Book of Mormon.
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^ The text of the Book of Mormon is online here .
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^ And most of them are not even derived from the Book of Mormon .
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Based on the name of that book, early followers of founder Joseph Smith, Jr. were called Mormons, and their faith was called Mormonism. .The term was initially considered pejorative[2] but is no longer considered so.^ As of 8/10/2009, I no longer consider myself a member of the LDS church.

^ I am no longer considered a member of the LDS church .

^ October (1) I am no longer considered a member of the LDS chur...

.Theological Mormonism is a form of Restorationism that shares a common set of beliefs with the rest of the Latter Day Saint movement, including use of the Bible, as well as other religious texts including the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants.^ Church of Latter Day Saints, I submit a transcript of their faith and doctrine.
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^ Joseph Smith was the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, also known as Mormonism.
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^ Consecration as contained in the book of Doctrine and Covenants was .
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.It differs from other Latter Day Saint movement traditions in that it also accepts the Pearl of Great Price as part of its canon, and it has a history of teaching plural marriage (although the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had abandoned the practice by 1904), eternal marriage, and eternal progression.^ I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by the Savior Himself.

^ My great-grandfather joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweden.
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^ Revelation and the LDS Church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claims to be an church that receives direct revelation from God.

.Cultural Mormonism includes a lifestyle promoted by the Mormon institutions, and includes cultural Mormons who identify with the culture, but not necessarily the theology.^ But as I stated earlier do not use this book to witness to true believing Mormons; it is too abbrasive for people who have devoted their lives to not just a religion, but a lifestyle.
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^ Mormons were the targets of most of this, but it also hit other churches in the pro-8 coalition and other persons who could be identified as supporters.
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^ The institutional culture of the Mormon Church is strongly corporate, down to the dark suits, white shirts, and red or blue ties church leaders wear instead of vestments .
  • Scholar: Mormonism Made a Man Out of Glenn Beck - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC reason.com [Source type: Original source]

Contents

Brief history

Mormonism originated in the late 1820s, as Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement told his associates and family that he had located a buried book of golden plates written by ancient American prophets. .Smith said the Angel Moroni, who was the guardian of these plates, had directed him to these writings and that his mission was to publish a translation of this book.^ Buy it at any book store, or direct from the publisher .
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^ He said that he then translated the plates and published the material as the "Book of Mormon" and gave the gold plates back to the angel Moroni.

^ Smith said he had been in contact with an angel Moroni , who showed him the plates' location and had been grooming him for a role as a religious leader.
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.This work, published in 1830 as the Book of Mormon, served as a foundation for Smith's small Church of Christ.^ Smith in working up the Book of Abraham.

^ Book of Mormon as established; at least up to the period when that work was published.
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^ The book is the cornerstone of the Mormon Church.

Smith's church grew steadily until his death in 1844, which precipitated a succession crisis. .The majority of Latter Day Saints chose Brigham Young as their leader and emigrated to a place in Mexico that soon became the Utah Territory.^ I'm dating a Latter-day Saint girl.
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^ The Latter-day Saints cannot do it all.
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^ Latter-day Saints portal .
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.There, they publicly announced the practice of plural marriage (a form of polygamy).^ He also publicized the previously-secret practice of plural marriage , a form of polygamy .
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^ Why did your church practice plural marriage (polygamy)?
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^ While "Under the Banner of Heaven" is an expose of Utah polygamy, it's a narrowly focused work, concentrating on the most egregious examples of plural marriage.

.Plural marriage would become the faith's most famous characteristic during the 19th century.^ While "Under the Banner of Heaven" is an expose of Utah polygamy, it's a narrowly focused work, concentrating on the most egregious examples of plural marriage.

^ In 1998 President Gordon B. Hinckley stated, “If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose.
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^ The diary entry stated how Joseph's faithful wife, Emma, asked Joseph if he was practicing Plural Marriage?

.The practice was vigorously opposed elsewhere in the United States, threatening the LDS Church's existence as a legal institution.^ After tensions with the U.S. government came to a head in 1890, the church officially abandoned the public practice of polygamy in the United States, and eventually stopped performing official polygamous marriages altogether after a Second Manifesto in 1904.
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^ In 1998 President Gordon B. Hinckley stated, “If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose.
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^ As I stated in the item on the list, tithes are not uncommon, but in the LDS church they’re mandatory to get to heaven.
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.LDS leader and Prophet Wilford Woodruff announced that he had received a revelation, now contained in 1890 Manifesto, officially discontinuing the practice of plural marriage.^ Until the Manifesto (1890) the term meant plural marriage (polygamy).
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^ Church leadership officially ended the practice in 1890, based on a revelation to Wilford Woodruff called the 1890 Manifesto .
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^ Manifesto The 1890 decree from the church president Wilford Woodruff announcing that the church would no longer perform polygamous marriages, thus officially ending almost forty years of Mormon polygamy .
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.In the ensuing years, several smaller groups of Mormons broke with the LDS Church over the issue of plural marriage, forming several denominations of Mormon fundamentalism.^ The Mormon Church hasn't practiced multiple marriages in over 150 years.
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^ The LDS Church is a true Christian denomination.
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^ MORMON POLITICAL ISSUES The LDS Church often involves itself in political issues.
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.The LDS Church has distanced itself from these groups, and has taken to promoting a mainstream American view of monogamous families.^ Leaders of the LDS church have not really taken a stand one way or the other on theory of evolution, except with regards to the creation of man.
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^ I encourage you to either approach the person–generally, members of the LDS church are very open to talking about religion and the Church–or go to the source-the Church itself: .
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^ Ruko: I was born and raised LDS. I know for a fact that none of these scriptures were taken out of context and that every one of these things is in fact actually believed by the LDS church.
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.Since that period, the LDS Church has become more visible and adopted many political and social viewpoints associated with mainstream American culture.^ The Church doesn't become involved in politics.
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^ Since they believe they are the only "true" church, they actually think they are more "Christian" then anyone else.

^ The Mormons have certainly become more mainstream than the Moonies or the Jehovah's Witnesses, but they seem just as otherworldly when they knock on your door.

.LDS Church leaders have also sought to increase the church's association and cooperation with other elements of American Christianity.^ Cooperation with other churches: .
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^ The LDS Church is a true Christian denomination.
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^ The LDS church, on the other hand, is the true Body of Christ.

Theological foundations

Relation to Christianity

.Mormons claim that the church founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 was a literal restoration of the original church of Jesus and his twelve Apostles.^ The Mormons claim literal interpretations of Scripture.
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^ It was restored by God and Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith.
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^ God and Jesus appeared to Joseph Smith .

.Thus, Mormonism classifies itself within Christianity.^ Thus, if you look at the differences between the ACTUAL RELIGIONS (i.e., the beliefs of the believers, not the hierarchies), there aren't really any unbridgeable differences between Mormons and Christians.

^ This will be sobering to some: Mormons are well at the back of the line here, not even vaguely considered within the widest ambit of Christianity.

^ Thus, "the recognition of Christ in the person of the guest is an ideal which necessarily recommended itself forcibly to early Christian monasticism."
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.Mormons believe that after a time the Church as established by the Lord fell into spiritual decay.^ Mormon Church steps into the Prop.
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^ I was born into the Mormon church.

^ We were not active in the Mormon church, but were believers at that point.

.His teachings were altered; His ordinances were changed; and the Great Apostasy came as had been foretold by Paul, who knew that the Lord would not come again “except there come a falling away first”(2 Thessalonians 2:3).^ Who knew I would get to this point.

^ Paul wrote that there was going to be a falling away first before that day should come.
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^ This great apostasy was foretold.
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  • The Story of Mormonism - Wikisource 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikisource.org [Source type: Original source]

.According to Bruce McConkie, a respected Mormon authority, "Mormonism is indistinguishable from Christianity."^ According to Bruce R. McConkie, a Mormon scholar, the Book of Mormon has three purposes: .

^ (Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp.

^ (Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie PP. 527-528) 23 rd Printing 1977 .

(Mormon Doctrine, p. 513)
.In many important ways, the religion differs from orthodoxy as held by Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christianity.^ It’s not so different for catholics, protestants or any others.
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^ How do Mormonism and orthodox Christianity differ?
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^ This difference alone should disqualify anyone from considering the Mormon religion a part of Christianity.
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.To those for whom Christianity is defined by that orthodoxy, Mormonism's differences place it outside the umbrella of Christianity altogether.^ How do Mormonism and orthodox Christianity differ?
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^ Well, that's a different place and scenario altogether.

^ AUTHORS: Cowan, Marvin W. Devout Mormons will answer the question in our title differently than an evangelical Christian.
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[3]
Since its beginnings, the faith has proclaimed itself to be Christianity restored to its original authority, structure and power; teaching that the existing denominations "were believing in incorrect doctrines, and that none of them was acknowledged of God as his church and kingdom",[4] and "all their creeds were an abomination in his sight."[5] Though the religion quickly gained a large following of Christian seekers, in the 1830s, many American Christians came to view the church's early doctrines and practices[6] as politically and culturally subversive. .This discord led to a series of sometimes-deadly conflicts between Mormons and non-Mormon Christians.^ No such ground exists between the historic Christian churches and Mormonism.

^ Mormonism Research Ministry Movie: Jesus Christ / Joseph Smith Ex Mormons for Jesus Home Page Ex-Mormons for Jesus is a non-profit Christian evangelistic and teaching fellowship.
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^ If you are LDS and you are looking at my site, there is a larger gap than you realize between your experience as a Mormon and that of your Christian friends or neighbors.
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[7] .Today, there are no longer violent conflicts between Mormons and non-Mormons on the basis of religious principles.^ There is no continuity between the two.
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^ There was no religious revival in 1820.

^ The only position you can take that reconciles your duties as a Mormon and an American is to state that if marriage IS truly sacred, that it it's status as a purely religious institution means it has no place as a basis for special privileges granted by a secular, non-denominational state.
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.Nevertheless, the religion's unique doctrinal views and practices still generate dismissive criticism, as well as efforts by Mormons and non-Mormon Christians to proselytize each other.^ It's a non-Christian religion with some overlap with Christianity.

^ Or Mormonism may be viewed as a Christian apostasy.
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^ Not just in the mormon church but in other churches as well.
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.Mormons believe in the Old and New Testaments, in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior, the crucifixion as a final offering and his resurrection.^ Tell them about your new birth and offer Jesus Christ.
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^ Was it God or Jesus that appeared to the disciples after the resurrection of Jesus?
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^ Mormons believe that God had sex with Mary.
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.However, Latter Day Saints reject the ecumenical creeds and definition of the Trinity taught by the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, and Trinitarian Protestantism,[8] and hold that the New Testament prophesied both the apostasy from the teachings of Christ and his apostles[9] as well as the restoration of all things prior to the second coming of Christ.^ Christ was the God, the Father of all things.
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^ The proper title of the organization is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
  • JOSEPH SMITH AND THE STORY OF "MORMONISM" | JOSEPH SMITH - AMERICAN PROPHET, BIO 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.josephsmith.com [Source type: Original source]
  • The Story of Mormonism - Wikisource 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikisource.org [Source type: Original source]

^ When Christ comes on the Earth it is said he will reveal all things.
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[10] .Mormons also hold the Book of Mormon to be divine scripture, equal in authority to the Bible.^ Gospel as contained in the Book of Mormon and the Bible; also a .
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^ The Book of Mormon does not harmonize with the Bible.
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^ Book of Mormon and the Bible; also a charge to avoid .
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[11] Mormons teach that these keys were taken from the earth with the death of the original apostles, and were restored to Joseph Smith, Jr. by those who held them anciently,[12] resulting in a full restoration of primitive Christianity.

Relation to Judaism

.Although Mormons do not claim to be part of Judaism, Mormon theology claims to situate Mormonism within the context of Judaism.^ In LDS theology, sexuality is a divine part of human nature, a sacred gift, which must be used within the limits the Lord has set.
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^ According to Widtsoe, all Mormon theology could be reconciled within a rational, positivist framework.
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^ The Book of Mormon itself claims important parts of the Bible have been removed.

.The faith incorporates many Old Testament ideas into its theology, and the beliefs of Mormons sometimes parallel those of Judaism and certain elements of Jewish culture.^ Now THOSE are bizarre Mormon beliefs.
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^ I was an earnest and faithful Mormon for many years.

^ During the post- World War II period, the church also began to focus on expansion into a number of Native American cultures, as well as Oceanic cultures, which many Mormons considered to be the same ethnicity.
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Founder Joseph .Smith Jr. was a Judeophile who in the earliest days of Mormonism taught that the Indigenous peoples of the Americas were members of some of the Lost Tribes of Israel.^ Some people believe mormons have horns.
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^ The Mormons think they are the lost tribes of Israel.
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^ Smith’s “Lost tribes of Israel” didn’t arrive as he had written.
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.Later, he taught that Mormons were Israelites, and that they may learn of their tribal affiliation within the twelve Israelite tribes through prophecy.^ I've been going through a post-Mormon experience with my wife and family for about 4 months now [May 1996] (it was completely unexpected, at least for us).

^ To become gods, they need to be Mormons, to go through the temple to learn the signs and tokens for entry to the celestial glory and to be obedient unto death to the holy prophet.
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^ Mormonism promises deification.” Mormon doctrine does promise salvation through the atonement of the Savior, for everybody, regardless of some who may be “deified” as Reverend Mohler puts it.
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.Thus, members of the LDS Church receive Patriarchal blessings which purport to declare the recipient's lineage within one of the tribes of Israel.^ Hi all, I’m a member of the LDS church.
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^ The recipient is thereafter an official member of the church.
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^ I encourage you to either approach the person–generally, members of the LDS church are very open to talking about religion and the Church–or go to the source-the Church itself: .
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The lineage is either through true blood-line or adopted. .The LDS Church teaches that if one is not a direct descendant of one of the twelve tribes, upon baptism he or she is adopted into one of the tribes.^ One Robert Boylan, a member of the Church in Ireland, responds to questions raised by RPCman at LDS-Mormon.com.
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^ This teaching shows that Jesus of the LDS Church is not "Emmanuel," "God with us;" God, who, according to the Bible (Matt.

^ A Mission in France and Insights into a Mormon Testimony DZaitzeff@aol.com how and why I left the LDS Church.

.The Patriarchal blessings also include personal information which is revealed through a patriarch by the power of the priesthood.^ He leads this church through the power of His priesthood and continuous revelation to modern-day prophets.

^ One of the ancestors of the House of Israel, as portrayed especially in Genesis; 2) an office of the Melchizedek priesthood , the primary function of which is to give patriarchal blessings to members.
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^ The Patriarch briefly interviews the person before hand gleaming information about the person's life and goals.
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.The Mormon affinity for Judaism is expressed by the many references to Judaism in the Mormon liturgy.^ Many Mormon writers until recent years interpreted Joseph Smith's 1838 reference to the location of the religious excitement (".
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.For example, Joseph Smith named the largest Mormon settlement he founded Nauvoo, which means "to be beautiful" in Hebrew.^ The names of Joseph Smith’s wives are found in the records of the church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ What about Joseph Smith the founder of Mormonism?

^ For example, on page 413 the Tanners quote a long passage from a conference talk of Joseph F. Smith in which many words and sentences are emphasized, including the phrase: ".
  • Anonymous LDS Historian's Response to Mormonism: Shadow or Reality? -SHIELDS 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.shields-research.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Brigham Young named a tributary of the Great Salt Lake the "Jordan River." The LDS Church created a writing scheme called the Deseret Alphabet, which was based, in part, on Hebrew. .Currently, the LDS Church has a Jerusalem Center in Israel, which serves as the base of LDS outreach efforts in Israel.^ In effort to silence Grant Palmer, the LDS Church dis-fellowshipped him.
  • The Mormon Curtain - Ex-Mormon News And Stories 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC www.mormoncurtain.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Christia ns may ask: will the LDS church eventually leave behind its current social commitments?
  • Instant Tea » Blog Archive » LDS Church defender compares DV to Hitler 15 September 2009 8:28 UTC www.dallasvoice.com [Source type: Original source]

^ AUTHORS: Cowan, Marvin The tenth LDS article of faith is about the gathering of Israel, the restoration of the Ten Tribes and the building of Zion or the New Jerusalem in America.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.ankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

[13]
.There has been some controversy involving Jewish groups who see the actions of some elements of Mormonism as offensive.^ Some who have known them all their lives and respected their goodness suddenly see them as evil; hide your women and children, here come Brad and Chris.
  • Mormon Theology: Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

^ However, there may be some who will profess revelation or apostleship.
  • Mormon 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC bessel.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There are many other forms of immorality, including those that have been publicized by the gross actions of some modern politicians, which are terrible sins of a similar nature.
  • Mormon Answers: Love, Dating, and Marriage for Mormons (Latter-day Saints) 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC www.jefflindsay.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the 1990s, Jewish groups vocally opposed the LDS practice of baptism for the dead on behalf of Jewish victims of the Holocaust and Jews in general.^ Since 1999, Ms. Radkey has reported on the failure of the agreement signed by LDS leaders and Jewish organizations in which the Church promised to halt its proxy baptisms for deceased Jews.
  • The Mormon Curtain - Ex-Mormon News And Stories 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC www.mormoncurtain.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Bible is admittedly incomplete in its teachings of eternal marriage, as it is for many doctrines and practices had by early Christians, including baptism for the dead (1 Cor.
  • Mormon Answers: Love, Dating, and Marriage for Mormons (Latter-day Saints) 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC www.jefflindsay.com [Source type: Original source]

^ BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD Brother (or Sister) ________, having authority, I baptize you, for and in behalf of________, who is dead, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.
  • Mormonism - EXPLANATION AND COMMENTARY 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.forgottenword.org [Source type: Original source]

.According to LDS Church general authority Monte J. Brough, "Mormons who baptized 380,000 Holocaust victims posthumously were motivated by love and compassion and did not understand their gesture might offend Jews ...^ All love and compassion, right MORmONS?!!

^ Today the Mormon church is administrated by its "General Authorities."

^ Whether it is adultery, fornication, sexual abuse, incest, rape, perversion, or any other unholy practices, such behavior is to be addressed vigorously by local Church authorities, who seek the repentance of perpetrators and the protection of any victims.
  • Mormon Answers: Love, Dating, and Marriage for Mormons (Latter-day Saints) 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC www.jefflindsay.com [Source type: Original source]

they did not realize that what they intended as a .'Christian act of service' was 'misguided and insensitive.'".[14] Mormons believe that, when the dead are baptized through proxy, those being baptized have the option of accepting or rejecting the ordinance.^ I believe many Mormons are christian.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Do Christians today baptize for their dead?
  • What Is A Mormon - Mormonism - LDS 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC www.mormonbeliefs.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Over 98% if the Ordinances performed are for the dead by a living Mormon proxy.
  • Mormonism - EXPLANATION AND COMMENTARY 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.forgottenword.org [Source type: Original source]

Theological divisions within Mormonism

Mormon theology includes three main movements. .By far the largest of these is the "mainstream Mormonism" defined by the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).^ The church is still known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
  • What Is A Mormon - Mormonism - LDS 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC www.mormonbeliefs.com [Source type: Original source]

^ See also: Christian communism: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormonism has had a mixed relationship with socialism in its various forms.
  • Boston University School of Theology Archives 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints takes all of it’s leadership from within the congregation.

.There are also two broad movements outside of mainstream Mormonism: Mormon fundamentalism, representing a conservative reaction to the LDS Church, and liberal reformist Mormonism, which advocates theologically liberal reform.^ There are certain pockets of ultra conservatives in the Mormon church.
  • How Mormonism Created Glenn Beck | Media and Technology | AlterNet 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.alternet.org [Source type: General]

^ A Mission in France and Insights into a Mormon Testimony DZaitzeff@aol.com how and why I left the LDS Church.

^ There is no reason for others to look down on you, but depending on what church you go to, members there may have been exposed to anti-Mormon junk from their clergy.
  • Mormon Answers: Love, Dating, and Marriage for Mormons (Latter-day Saints) 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC www.jefflindsay.com [Source type: Original source]

Mainstream Mormon theology

.Mainstream Mormonism is defined by the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.^ See also: Christian communism: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormonism has had a mixed relationship with socialism in its various forms.
  • Boston University School of Theology Archives 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by the Savior Himself.

^ My great-grandfather joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweden.
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Romney camp hits back at Steele for Mormonism comments « - Blogs from CNN.com 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

.Members of the LDS Church consider their top leaders to be prophets and apostles, and are discouraged from questioning or criticizing them on matters of theology, which can be taken as a sign of apostasy.^ Hi all, I’m a member of the LDS church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Top LDS leader have a similar message.

^ We were to never question or disagree with the leaders of the church.

.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is by far the largest branch of Mormonism.^ See also: Christian communism: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormonism has had a mixed relationship with socialism in its various forms.
  • Boston University School of Theology Archives 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormonism, has, in recent years, produced a substantial body of literature defending their beliefs.
  • LDeSsays.com -- Practical Mormonism for practicing Saints 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC ldessays.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The proper title of the organization is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
  • JOSEPH SMITH AND THE STORY OF "MORMONISM" | JOSEPH SMITH - AMERICAN PROPHET, BIO 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.josephsmith.com [Source type: Original source]
  • The Story of Mormonism - Wikisource 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikisource.org [Source type: Original source]

It has continuously existed since succession crisis of 1844 that split the Latter Day Saint movement after the death of founder Joseph Smith, Jr.
.Partly for public relations and proselytizing reasons, the church seeks to distance itself from other branches of Mormonism, and particularly from the practice of polygamy.^ Mormon disparagement of other churches: .
  • What is Mormonism? | Book of Mormon Origin Theology 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.whatismormonism.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Not just in the mormon church but in other churches as well.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Approval by others is institutionalized in the Mormon Church.
  • The Mormon Curtain - EX-MORMONISM SECTION 9 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.mormoncurtain.com [Source type: Original source]

.The LDS Church practiced polygamy in the 1800s.^ I don’t think it can be emphasized enough, like Mystern brought up, that LDS doctrine includes the practice of polygamy by the elites in heaven.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Further information: Mormon fundamentalism The Church ended the practice of polygamy officially in 1890 by instating Official Declaration-1 to the Saints.
  • Boston University School of Theology Archives 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ POLYGAMY - SECTION 3 The Mormon Church stopped the practice of Polygamy "officially" in 1890, but practiced it in secret for several decades afterwards.
  • The Mormon Curtain - Ex-Mormon News And Stories 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC www.mormoncurtain.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.However, the church abandoned that practice around the turn of the 20th century.^ However, the FLDS church does practice this.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In England and America, changes had begun around the turn of the century and had come into full flower by the end of the First World War.
  • Is Mormonism Christian? | First Things 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.firstthings.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The LDS church was actively involved in support of the temperance movement in the 19th century, and then the prohibition movement in the early 20th century.
  • Boston University School of Theology Archives 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Today, the church maintains a degree of orthodoxy within the church by excommunicating or disciplining its members who take positions or engage in practices viewed as apostasy.^ It says he was excommunicated for "apostasy and other conduct unbecoming a member of the church."

^ Members who are excommunicated or have their membership removed are still counted among the membership of the Church.
  • The Mormon Curtain - Ex-Mormon News And Stories 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC www.mormoncurtain.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ NARRATOR: Today the LDS church has grown to over 12 million members worldwide, more than half of them living outside the United States.
  • The Mormons . Transcript | PBS 11 September 2009 23:40 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

.For example, the church excommunicates its members who practice polygamy, or who adopt the beliefs and practices of Mormon fundamentalism.^ Also, mainstream mormons DO practice "spiritual" polygamy.
  • How Mormonism Created Glenn Beck | Media and Technology | AlterNet 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.alternet.org [Source type: General]

^ In modern times, members of the Mormon religion do not practice polygamy.
  • Boston University School of Theology Archives 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Has the Mormon Church and its members done good things?
  • Instant Tea » Blog Archive » LDS Church defender compares DV to Hitler 15 September 2009 8:28 UTC www.dallasvoice.com [Source type: Original source]

.The church also may excommunicate or discipline those within the church who openly oppose the church's top leadership, which is viewed as a sign of apostasy.^ Or Mormonism may be viewed as a Christian apostasy.
  • Is Mormonism Christian? | First Things 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.firstthings.com [Source type: Original source]

^ President of the church The top position in church leadership.
  • A Glossary of Mormonism 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC home.teleport.com [Source type: General]

^ Is there a list of those who are against the biblical view of creation?
  • On Faith Panelists Blog: Evangelicals, Mormons on Same Side of Cultural Divide - R. Albert Mohler Jr. 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

Mormon fundamentalism

.One way Mormon fundamentalism distinguishes itself from mainstream Mormonism is through the practice of plural marriage.^ Also, mainstream mormons DO practice "spiritual" polygamy.
  • How Mormonism Created Glenn Beck | Media and Technology | AlterNet 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.alternet.org [Source type: General]

^ AND yet it is, according to your D&C practiced after life (which breaks down by the way to mean that only men will become Gods and the women will continue to be one of their many wives).
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The thought that plural marriage has ever been the head and front of "Mormon" offending, that to it is traceable as the true cause the hatred of other sects and the unpopularity of the Church, is not tenable to the earnest thinker.
  • JOSEPH SMITH AND THE STORY OF "MORMONISM" | JOSEPH SMITH - AMERICAN PROPHET, BIO 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.josephsmith.com [Source type: Original source]
  • The Story of Mormonism - Wikisource 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikisource.org [Source type: Original source]

.Fundamentalists initially broke from the LDS Church after that doctrine was discontinued around the beginning of the 20th century.^ The reason the LDS church does not teach investigators or new converts the deeper doctrines is because of the "meat and milk" (1 Cor 3:2, Heb 5:12).
  • Mormonism - The Mormon Religion by Joseph Smith | Christian Faith Site 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.christian-faith.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Monson's letter has been read repeatedly in Mormon churches, and opponents of the forthcoming initiative have credited LDS members with giving the Yes on 8 camp an edge in donations and volunteers.
  • Mormon Church steps into the Prop. 8 battle | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC latimesblogs.latimes.com [Source type: Original source]

^ AUTHORS: Cowan, Marvin A booklet published by the LDS Church declares: Bible doctrine is Mormon doctrine and Mormon doctrine is Bible doctrine.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.ankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

.Mormon fundamentalism teaches that plural marriage is a requirement for Exaltation (the highest degree of salvation), which will allow them to live alongside God in the afterlife.^ Further, Mormonism teaches that there is a plurality of gods.
  • Is Mormonism Christian? | First Things 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.firstthings.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The thought that plural marriage has ever been the head and front of "Mormon" offending, that to it is traceable as the true cause the hatred of other sects and the unpopularity of the Church, is not tenable to the earnest thinker.
  • JOSEPH SMITH AND THE STORY OF "MORMONISM" | JOSEPH SMITH - AMERICAN PROPHET, BIO 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.josephsmith.com [Source type: Original source]
  • The Story of Mormonism - Wikisource 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikisource.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The philosophy of "Mormonism" rests on the literal acceptance of a living, personal God, and on the unreserved compliance with his law as from time to time revealed.
  • JOSEPH SMITH AND THE STORY OF "MORMONISM" | JOSEPH SMITH - AMERICAN PROPHET, BIO 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.josephsmith.com [Source type: Original source]
  • The Story of Mormonism - Wikisource 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC en.wikisource.org [Source type: Original source]

.Mainstream Mormons, by contrast, believe that a single Celestial marriage is necessary for Exaltation.^ Restoration Mormons believe that the church established by Christ and his apostle s soon fell into apostasy, and that it was then necessary for God to restore it.
  • A Glossary of Mormonism 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC home.teleport.com [Source type: General]

^ Mormons who are righteous and repentant feel that is not justice and accordingly believe in degress or kingdoms of glory as taught in the Bible, Celestial, Terrestrial, etc.
  • On Faith Panelists Blog: Evangelicals, Mormons on Same Side of Cultural Divide - R. Albert Mohler Jr. 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ While it’s true Mormons believe in agency, one of the requirements of gaining a temple recomend is paying tithing, and one of the requirements of going to the Celestial Kingdom is a temple recommend.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.In distinction with the LDS Church, Mormon fundamentalists also often believe in a number of other doctrines taught and practiced by Brigham Young in the 19th century, which the LDS Church has either abandoned, repudiated, or put in abeyance.^ Mormon disparagement of other churches: .
  • What is Mormonism? | Book of Mormon Origin Theology 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.whatismormonism.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A comprehensive examination of Mormons and their LDS doctrine.
  • Mormon Theology: Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

^ Not just in the mormon church but in other churches as well.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

These include:
.Mormon fundamentalists believe that these principles were wrongly abandoned or changed by the LDS Church, in large part due to the desire of its leadership and members to assimilate into mainstream American society and avoid the persecutions and conflict that had characterized the church throughout its early years.^ Hi all, I’m a member of the LDS church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Is Mormonism now a part of the American mainstream?
  • On Faith Panelists Blog: Evangelicals, Mormons on Same Side of Cultural Divide - R. Albert Mohler Jr. 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We were not active in the Mormon church, but were believers at that point.

.Others believe that it was a necessity at some point for "a restoration of all things" to be a truly restored Church.^ Did my church really believe that all other churches were of the devil?

^ I TRULY believed the church was true.
  • The Mormon Curtain - EX-MORMONISM SECTION 9 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.mormoncurtain.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We were not active in the Mormon church, but were believers at that point.

Liberal reformist theology

.A small movement within Mormonism seeks theologically liberal reform within the religion.^ The anti-Mormon movement was then perpetuated by the liberal press, as they like nothing better than bashing people and stirring up hatred.

^ See Sterling M. McMurrin, The Theological Foundations of the Mormon Religion (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1965), 17-18; 40-42.
  • LDeSsays.com -- Practical Mormonism for practicing Saints 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC ldessays.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ MORMON SOURCES ~ SCRIPTURES TESTIMONIES RELIGIONS IN THE NEWS RELIGIONS & SECTS BOOK OF MORMON ISSUES THE BOOK OF ABRAHAM MORMON THEOLOGICAL PROBLEMS HISTORICAL PROBLEMS UNDERSTANDING THE MORMON MESSAGE SOURCES FOR TRUTH WE CAN TRUST .
  • Jerry Stokes Out of Mormonism Home Mormonism 2004 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.churches.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Many of these are members of the LDS Church and work for liberal reform from the inside.^ Hi all, I’m a member of the LDS church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They were as good as many of the members of the church.

^ I had many callings in Primary, Sunday School and Relief Society (a so-called "perfect" organization like the LDS Church), but each one made me feel like I was going against something inside myself.

.Others have left the LDS Church but consider themselves to be cultural Mormons.^ Mormon disparagement of other churches: .
  • What is Mormonism? | Book of Mormon Origin Theology 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.whatismormonism.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Not just in the mormon church but in other churches as well.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Approval by others is institutionalized in the Mormon Church.
  • The Mormon Curtain - EX-MORMONISM SECTION 9 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.mormoncurtain.com [Source type: Original source]

Others have formed new religions. .One of the first of these, the Godbeites, broke from the LDS Church in the late 1800s on the basis of both political and religious liberalism.^ Fuji" (spiritually) -- isn't it possible that the LDS Church remains one of the world's viable paths towards spiritual enlightenment?
  • http://staylds.com/docs/HowToStay.html 15 September 2009 8:28 UTC staylds.com [Source type: Original source]

^ So what if a convert joins the LDS church, but no one else in their family does and never does, and rejects the LDS version of the gospel.
  • Mormon missionaries are coming to visit Friday - Page 2 - Catholic Answers Forums 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC forums.catholic.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Nevertheless, the LDS Church still wielded significant political power in the Utah Territory as part of a shadow government .
  • Boston University School of Theology Archives 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.More recently, the Restoration Church of Jesus Christ broke from the LDS Church as an LGBT-friendly denomination.^ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day .
  • ~~Religion: Mormon ~~ Pay Lay Ale ~~ Secret ~ Temple ~ Ceremony~~ 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC nowscape.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The LDS Church professes to be a restoration of the primitive church established by Jesus.
  • Mormon 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC bessel.org [Source type: Original source]

^ What does the LDS Church teach about Jesus Christ?

.An online church called Reform Mormonism has attempted to reform Mormon rituals and situate Mormonism within rationalism.^ In 1856-1858, the Church underwent what is commonly called the Mormon Reformation .
  • Boston University School of Theology Archives 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A document called the 'Anthon transcript' that allegedly contains reformed Egyptian characters from the Book of Mormon plates is still in dispute, although the characters have been highly circulated both by the Church and other individuals.
  • Boston University School of Theology Archives 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ According to Widtsoe, all Mormon theology could be reconciled within a rational, positivist framework.
  • Boston University School of Theology Archives 8 January 2010 9:09 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Culture and practices

.Due to the differences in lifestyle promoted by Mormon doctrine and history, a distinct culture has grown up around Mormonism.^ They succeeded in getting up some balls, which was far more in unison with Mormon prejudices; drawing up a constitution, etc., etc., all in due form.
  • John Hyde's "Mormonism, Its Leaders" 3: Contents 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC thedigitalvoice.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Some Mormon thinkers have picked up on those connections and have even recruited, not very convincingly, C. S. Lewis in support of LDS doctrine.
  • Is Mormonism Christian? | First Things 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.firstthings.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The idea that Mormons are hiding all their weird doctrines when the missionaries show up at your door is not really accurate.

.Mormons and their culture are primarily concentrated in the Intermountain West, but as the faith spreads around the world, many of its more distinctive practices follow, such as adhering to the Word of Wisdom, a health law or code,[15] prohibiting the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea, and other addictive substances.^ It has been interpreted to forbid all use of alcohol, tobacco, tea, and coffee.
  • A Glossary of Mormonism 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC home.teleport.com [Source type: General]

^ Do you avoid tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and tea?
  • The Mormon Church Conspiracy 15 September 2009 9:09 UTC mormonconspiracy.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Mormons are dedicated to spreading their faith.
  • How Mormonism Created Glenn Beck | Media and Technology | AlterNet 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.alternet.org [Source type: General]

[16] .As a result of the Word of Wisdom, the culture in areas of the world with a high concentration of Mormons tends to be reflected.^ In a way this is a trinity of Christ in which Mormons do believe as well as that it was Christ, the Word, that created the heavens and the earth and did exist before the foundation of the world.
  • On Faith Panelists Blog: Evangelicals, Mormons on Same Side of Cultural Divide - R. Albert Mohler Jr. 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Today, keeping the Word of Wisdom helps bond the Mormon community as well as strengthen individual Latter-day Saints.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 10 January 2010 21:021 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The terms Apostate and Anti-Mormon are emotionally charged words to discourage dissent from Mormonism by members with their persecution complex set on high!
  • The Mormon Curtain - EX-MORMONISM SECTION 9 23 January 2010 6:06 UTC www.mormoncurtain.com [Source type: Original source]

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See also

Notes

  1. ^ The terms Mormon and Mormonism are used by Mormon fundamentalists in reference to themselves. However, the LDS Church encourages journalists not to apply the term Mormon to Mormon fundamentalism, as the LDS Church wishes to distance itself from the fundamentalist practice of plural marriage. According to the LDS Church, the term Mormon is "only acceptable in describing the combination of doctrine, culture and lifestyle unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." See Style Guide - LDS Newsroom. Despite the LDS Church preference, the term fundamentalist Mormonism is in common use.
  2. ^ Terms used in the LDS Restorationist movement ReligiousTolerance.org
  3. ^ For example, a 2007 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that one in three Americans surveyed do not consider Mormons to be Christian. See for example ReligionNewsblog.com
  4. ^ Smith 1842a, p. 707
  5. ^ Smith 1842c, p. 748
  6. ^ The most prominent of these doctrines and practices included plural marriage and the church's theocratic aspirations (both now discontinued by the mainstream faith).
  7. ^ For more information on historical conflicts, see History of the Latter Day Saint movement.
  8. ^ "...they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof..." Joseph Smith History 1:18-19
  9. ^ "That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition..." Thessalonians 2:2-3
  10. ^ "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." Acts 3:19-21
  11. ^ "Is Mormonism Christian". http://www.firstthings.com/article.php3?id_article=6332. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah, I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness..." Joseph wrote: "The messenger who visited us on this occasion and conferred this priesthood upon us, said that his name was John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the New Testament, and that he acted under the direction of Peter, James and John, who held the keys of the Priesthood of Melchizedek, which Priesthood, he said, would in due time be conferred on us..." JSH 1:69,72, "And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God. Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest. And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh..." Doctrine and Covenants 84:19-21
  13. ^ BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies
  14. ^ Pyle, Richard. ""Mormons, Jews sign agreement on baptizing Holocaust victims."". http://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/ldsagree.html. Retrieved 2007-01-04.  AP Newswire, May 5, 1995.
  15. ^ (D&C 89)
  16. ^ See Doctrine & Covenants, Section 89.
  17. ^ Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, Liquor stores: Banning phone listings, stores won't stop abuse.
  18. ^ USnews.com

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Mormonism
  1. Religious, ideological, and cultural aspects of the various denominations of the Latter-day Saint movement.
  2. The belief systems of those who believe that the "Book of Mormon" is a sacred text.

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Mormonism is a religious movement. The people that belong to this religion are called Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. Their teachings are similar to many Christian churches, and they consider themselves to be Christian.[1] Some people disagree, because Mormons have beliefs that are different from the normal beliefs of other Christian churches.[2] The Mormon Church considers itself a restoration church. This means that members of the Church believe that it is the original Christian Church started by Jesus Christ and brought back ("restored") by Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1830. At first it was called The Church of Christ. Today there are about 70 groups who call themselves Mormon or Latter day Saint.

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First vision

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Joseph Smith, Jr. said that he had visits from God the Father, Jesus Christ, and many angels. The first visit is called the First Vision. It happened in the spring of 1820 when Joseph was 14 years old. He had decided to pray about which religion to join. He went to the woods behind his family's house in New York, prayed, felt evil powers fighting him, and was rescued when a bright light appeared above him. In the bright light, he said that he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. They told him not to join any church, because none of the churches had all of the truth. They also told him that they had work for him to do.

The Book of Mormon

Part of the work that Joseph did was translating the Book of Mormon. Joseph said that an angel named Moroni visited him and showed him where a very old book was buried. This book was written on pages of gold (sometimes called the Gold Plates). It was buried in a stone box in a hill near Joseph's home. Moroni visited Joseph once a year for four years until he told Joseph to take the Gold Plates. Since the book was written in a very old language, Joseph translated the book into English. He did this with help from God. The book was published as The Book of Mormon in 1830. It tells the story of two main groups of people who lived in North and South America hundreds of years ago (the Nephites and Lamanites). It also teaches many things about Jesus. To members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Book of Mormon is a special book from God just like the Bible. Mormons believe that by reading The Book of Mormon and the Bible, people can learn how to get closer to God and how to find happiness in life. This book is also the reason Church members are sometimes called "Mormons".

Mormon beliefs and practices

Today the center of the Church is in Utah, but there are more than 13 million Mormons living all over the world. The leader of the Church is called the president, and Mormons call him a prophet. They believe that God guides the prophet, just like He guided Joseph Smith and the prophets in the Bible. Mormons believe that it is important for families to spend a lot of time together, and that after they die, they can live together forever. Mormons do not drink alcohol, coffee, tea, or smoke tobacco. They meet once a week on Sunday for church, where they have the sacrament and listen to short talks or sermons. They also have Sunday School to learn more. The Church also has activities during the week. Mormons also have buildings called temples. These are the most holy buildings in their religion. After a temple has been dedicated, only Mormons that are living good lives can go in the temple.

Some of the basic beliefs are listed in the Articles of Faith, written by Joseph Smith:

  1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
  2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.
  3. We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
  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.
  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.
  6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
  7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 paradisiacle glory.
  11. We claim the privilege of worshipping 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.

Big movements in Mormonism

Today, there are three big movements in Mormonism. They are represented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Community of Christ and the Church of Christ with the Elijah Message. When people talk about Mormons, they often mean the followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This movement also says that the term Mormon should only be used for its members, and that other movements should be called Latter-day Saints.[3]

Different groups' beliefs

Some people who call themselves Mormons are not part of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These people belong to other Mormon churches. Some of their beliefs are different.

When Brigham Young became the second president of the Church after Joseph Smith was killed, some people did not think he was the rightful president. When Brigham Young lead most of the Mormons to Utah, these people stayed in Illinois. They believed that Joseph Smith's son should be the next president. Today, this church is called the Community of Christ. It is the second largest church to call themselves Mormons. They have more than 250,000 people in their church.

Other splits in the Church happened later. The official Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says that a man should only marry one woman. This is called monogamy. In the beginning of the church, this was different. A man could be married to more than one woman at the same time (called polygamy). When the Church changed its position in 1890, some people left the official Church and continued with polygamy. These groups are very small compared to the official Church. The groups that did not want to abandon polygamy are sometimes still called Mormon, even though in the official church, polygamy has been forbidden since 1890. Most of these smaller groups stay away from other people, since polygamy is illegal in the United States. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tells people not to use the word Mormon or pictures of Church leaders and temples when talking about these groups, since it makes it seem like they are still connected to the Church even though they are not.

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