What Latter-day Saints (Mormons) Believe

Central tenets of this faith, based on the questions in the Belief-O-Matic quiz.

Kelsier

05/02/2011 08:28:27 PM

To: Gr8dame, I want to say that we are not all like that. I am Mormon myself and I was actually shocked by most of what Moreleigh said. A lot of this is not that far off. True some of it is obviously from an outsider's perspective and does not fully touch on what we believe, but it does hit some of the major points pretty well. Whenever I read explanations of my own religion from people who don't believe or go to our church, it always sounds a little weird because they're usually just enough on track for me to recognize aspects of what we believe but off enough that they don't catch its full extent. But that doesn't mean that these people are biggots or any of those other things...and I don't even understand what rednecks have to do with anything concerning this. They were just trying their hardest to capture the essence of a religion that they may not be fully acquainted with. And that's ok, they did a better job than most do, so props to them. As in any religion there are a lot of good people and some who are not so great. Don't base the religion or how you feel about it off of either of these groups. Base it solely off of what you feel and what you believe. I believe that there is a religion for everyone out there and that there is truth in all of them regardless of the caliber of some of the people in that religion. One saying that my dad always liked was "Church is for sinners, not saints." Feel free to message me or talk to me any time you want if you have any questions.. My e-mail is lex.cummins@gmail.com. To Everyone Else: We are not homophobic or homosexual haters. The thing I was most surprised about on this board is that it says we are completely against homosexual rights. From what I've seen, and I've had 20 years of experience in this religion, this is completely untrue. We may not condone their lifestyle or agree with what they do but we are not homophobic or homosexual haters. We believe in equal rights for everyone and don't feel that any one group, sexuality, religion, race, or people is any less worthy of rights than any other. And if you're going to bash us because of our beliefs...well find a better medium because calling us names over the internet is kind of pathetic and rude.

Gr8dame

03/16/2011 09:55:21 AM

To: Moreleigh, I am not a Mormon, however, I am looking into the religion. So, I was reading the "summarized" description of the religion and the comments. I was shocked to read what you wrote. Especially when you said, "The persons who compiled this quiz are biggets rednecks and liars, without any integrity of any value." WOW! What harsh words, name calling and personal attacks. Not only is it offensive to me as a person, I also feel like you are personally showing me what the religion is all about. The first paragraph of your post is all about your accomplishments within your church/group. Then the hate filled words follow. Again, WOW! I thought that we are all taught not to judge/ be judgmental. I sincerely hope that not all Mormons are like that because I believe it may be the religion that fits most closely to my beliefs, well I did anyways. After reading all the posts, I am again unsure. Maybe I will stick with my tiny Christian Church. God Bless You!

free_098

12/20/2010 05:34:47 PM

@evergreen261965 You are right to question your faith because you are a human with a brain that has logic and reason. If you really break down this religion, you can easily see what its become. A controlling entity. I have many friends who are Mormon and I recently went to Provo, UT to visit with some friends who are enrolled at Brigham Young University and I definately got a culture shock. On Sunday, without fail, every single girl was wearing a skirt or long dress, and every single boy was wearing a dress shirt, slacks and a tie. And not a car was on the street except ours. My friend went home, changed into his church clothes, drove around a bit and then came to hang out with us before we left just so his roomates and the other people in town wouldnt hassle him for not going to church. Why is it any of their bussiness if he goes to church or not? It's not. It's his life, not theirs. For one thing, they are not at all open minded people. They'll never admit to it but they are very prejudice against gays and minorities. It is completely hypocritical to say that you are against abortion unless the woman was raped, incest or her life is in danger. You are still killing a life either way for what ever reason.

free_098

12/20/2010 05:27:25 PM

The Mormon faith is pathetic.

a1_wolfman

10/30/2010 03:09:35 AM

oh and don't go off the summary above take it from the source ask us.

a1_wolfman

10/30/2010 03:07:52 AM

to christopher brown i would have to agree with what ariggin says if you have questions it's best to talk to the missionaries they set aside 2 years of thier lives to help people answer questions about the church. I also recomend getting a copy of the book of mormon and reading it. write down your questions we love questions and welcome them so ask away. and if we don't know the answer off the top of our head we'll find it for ya. good luck as you continue your search

evergreen261965

08/14/2010 10:28:10 AM

I was a member for 25 years and kinda fell into a lot of the feeling part of the church and not so much into the thinking aspect, when I applied the thinking that's when things begin to unravel for me. I studied the scriptures for many years and certain aspects didn't make sense, like why did God have to introduce Christ to Joesph in person He had never revealed himself to anyone before except through his voice. also the word of wisdom is a great diet plan to follow as far as health benefits I still do to this day.but like you were asking about alcohol Jesus told his disciples that nothing taken in through the mouth can corrupt man, only what comes out of it. I found that the more I asked questions to these things suddenly I became unfaithful or falling away but I had to follow my own conscience. To qualify myself I was an Elder was married in the temple and served in many callings, just to assure people that I do understand the working of the organization of the church I wish you the best and hope you have a safe journey in this life.

ariggin

08/02/2010 11:36:48 PM

I am and was raised LDS and disagree with the other LDS gentleman's comment that EVERYTHING about this is wrong and misleading. I find it to be quite accurate within the context of the questions of this quiz. There are a few wrong statements and misinterpretations but I feel like the basic essence is there. Mostly I think the problem is that this information is very summarized. For example: It is true that Abortion is believed to be wrong. However, it is also believed to be the choice of the mother in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at high risk. I don't think that this goes to show how misleading things like this can be, but it does however show that nothing is written in stone. Truths and beliefs of every faith are subject to personal interpretation. The other gentleman obviously interprets some of the same truths I believe and value differently, and that is ok. The best way to have your questions answered is to contact your local LDS Missionaries, or simply attend a meeting on Sunday at a local ward building. (Ward buildings can be located by zip code on LDS.org) Every member is a testament and missionary and anyone there would be happy to answer questions or direct you to a leader who can help you find your answers.

christopherbrown90@msn.com

06/30/2010 03:31:28 PM

Sorry about the double post. Additionally, my screen name is Chris Brown and my login is chris_brown, I have no idea why it's posting with my e-mail address. Looks like Beliefnet still has some work to do.

christopherbrown90@msn.com

06/30/2010 03:19:35 PM

Hello everyone. I'm a non-Mormon who's curious about the church. I have looked at lds.org and gotten a good sense of things, but haven't been able to find references to the exact answers to all of the categories above. I have seen no specific correction comments other than the one about good deeds for salvation. Would someone care to share some of the other inaccuracies? Thanks. There is a whole lot of info on lds.org and mormon.org, and I'm really just wanting a summary of the above categories. Thanks. To add to some of the discussion though, adding new scriptures is not changing scriptures. I actually like the idea of some more contemporary scripture.

christopherbrown90@msn.com

06/30/2010 03:19:22 PM

Hello everyone. I'm a non-Mormon who's curious about the church. I have looked at lds.org and gotten a good sense of things, but haven't been able to find references to the exact answers to all of the categories above. I have seen no specific correction comments other than the one about good deeds for salvation. Would someone care to share some of the other inaccuracies? Thanks. There is a whole lot of info on lds.org and mormon.org, and I'm really just wanting a summary of the above categories. Thanks. To add to some of the discussion though, adding new scriptures is not changing scriptures. I actually like the idea of some more contemporary scripture.

moreleigh

11/14/2009 05:38:18 AM

I have practiced with the Mormons and have obtained to high priest in the Melchizedek Priesthood, worked as a temple ordinance worker, been a teacher and leader of Sunday School, Priesthood both Elders Quorum and High Priests Quorum, taught seminary and institute for four years, and the representation of this faith above is so far from the truth of what they believe it is unbelievable, that people would post such discriminatory untruths to test how close your beliefs are to the true teachings and beliefs of this organization is appalling. On seeing this I could never believe that this Quiz has any validation of being accurate to any other faith what soever. The persons who compiled this quiz are biggets rednecks and liars, without any integrity of any value. I am completely disgusted with this quiz and will be advising every one of its misrepresentation. It just goes to show how easily misguided we all can be.

mmcsfox

09/19/2009 08:23:34 PM

aliunde you are absolutely correct in your post below. I had been posting on the Mormon forum for a number of years trying to correct many of the opinions and misconceptions that are put forth by posters, as doctrine, to no avail. I no longer post there as there are no longer uplifting discussions. Even the beliefnet monitor continually makes statements about the membership in whole as if he knows the mind and heart of some 12 million members. He also lately has been making deriding comments that are political in nature so that is no longer a safe place to go for information. For the most part the few continuing posters there spend most of their time finding fault with all Mormons, referring to them as nutcases, as sheep, the Church as a charade, that the Mormons are too easley led astray and that the members don’t have a clue, yet still they claim membership for their own various reasons. I believe that the Gospel is a learning experience that continues as long as we are willing to humbly study and pray about it. I would suggest if one wishes to learn more, that they subscribe to the “Ensign” which is the Church monthly magazine as it has more information and uplifting articles about the Church and the gospel each month. I think that would be the best continuing study program, after reading the Book of Mormon of course. LDS.ORG would again, as you suggest, be the best place to start. Jesse F.

aliunde

07/21/2009 06:27:03 AM

I was quite disappointed in the description of so-called LDS beliefs. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the summary is not one I would recognize as representing accurately my belief system. There are also a number of characterizations that I would consider misleading. If one wants to get an accurate description of LDS beliefs, beliefnet would do well to get a knowledgeable member of the Church to write the summary. www.Mormon.org would be a good place to start for non-members who want a more accurate and contextual understanding of our beliefs.

blueskunk12

06/08/2009 07:25:01 AM

"Exalted" Mormons, do NOT become God-like in heaven. The Bible clearly states, over and over, that there is only ONE God. Isaiah 43:10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” Isaiah 44:6 “This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 44:8 “Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” If the Fall was a "planned blessing from God", why did God promise Adam death if he ate the Fruit? Gen 2:17 "But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." And why would God give conflicting commands? Gen 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." It seems unlikely that God would give the command to be fruitful and multiply, then tell Adam to not do the only thing that would let him fulfill that command. God does not force people to sin. Therefore, Adam could have obeyed both, but chose not to, and our suffering is deserved. God's deign was not "to experience pleasure which complements suffering, and to experience the joy of redemption and eternal life through Christ. Instead, it was to "be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."(Gen 1:28) In the beginning, before Adam disobeyed God and fell from God's grace, there was no suffering, and no sin, so there was no need for redemption. Adam's Fall made our redemption necessary. Marriage is NOT eternal. Matthew 22:30 "At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven." (that is, no eternal families or spouses.) The problem with Mormonism is that it often contradicts the Bible, but since Mormons claim their own "Scripture" is "more correct" and do not seek anything that is not "beneficial and uplifting" (not Mormon), many Mormons do not know what the Bible says.

happyme

04/01/2009 08:49:09 PM

www.mormon.org

pgrimm

04/01/2009 10:26:06 AM

Beyond Salvation - It is a good thing that the Mormons have brought you closer to God and greater understanding of the Bible, but the eternal truths lie in the Holy Scripture, not the book of Mormon. Within the Mormon religion are many distortions of God's word. If this religion comforts you stay within this comfort, but be aware that there are some extraneous, added on beliefs which have nothing to do with Christ's message. The rituals and ceremonies, the rites and rules of the Mormon religion have little or nothing to do with Jesus and the Holy Scripture. Jesus died on the cross to eliminate ritual and ceremony, his law is on the heart.

BeyondSalvation

03/19/2009 07:48:19 PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints brought me to a greater understanding of the Bible and has brought me closer in my relationship with Christ. The end :D

pgrimm

03/14/2009 11:51:18 AM

I'm hearing so much about the tv show Big Love showing secret Mormon rituals. That is not fair to those who believe in this religion. However, rituals are for the flesh, not the spirit and became obsolete when Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament on the Cross. The law and rituals dissolved and Grace took their place.

pgrimm

03/10/2009 08:28:13 AM

Tezzer - no there is nothing in scripture that says God will not add to scripture, but that does not mean that WE should add to scripture, that is implicit.

pgrimm

03/10/2009 08:24:29 AM

tezzer my few sentences should not be considered a "rant". I am merely stating that it is God's request that we do not change "one word" of Holy Scripture. We are asked not to change the words, nor add to them. All I am saying is that there is no mention of Joseph Smith in any Holy Bible I have read. Nor is there any mention of God the Father having a wife. Nor does it say that there is an alternate book that we should read. There is so much in the pages of Scripture, and if we search that Book we will find that Jesus gave us enough information there to know Him as He is, and to know his instruction. There is no need for additional doctrine, additional prophets. I don't rant about the Lord, I believe in His love and His Book. P.Grimm

tezzer

01/11/2009 05:05:24 PM

Isn't this supposed to be a statement of beliefs and a place to comment intelligently on them, not a place to rant? Pgrimm has his facts wrong - - Latter-day saints DO follow the Bible, as well as the Book of Mormon. - Leaving aside his misquoting Revelation, lds have not changed, added to, or taken from scripture. However, nothing in the scriptures says God will not add to scripture. - As for Jesus being an angel, Pgrimm is confusing lds doctrine with that of Jehovahs Witnesses. Not to go on too long, I will pick out one point from the main article which rather misrepresents lds teaching, and which IMHISetc picked up on - While lds believe in the importance of works, remembering Jesus' admonition to "Keep my commandments", it is however NOT lds doctrine that we are saved by works. God expects us to do what he asks, but nothing we can do will save us - we are saved by the Grace of Jesus Christ, which he gives to us. If there seems to be an emphasis on works in the church, it's because we all, being human, need to be reminded of our duty to God. Grace is Christ's business, and we are grateful for it.

IMHIS7121951

01/07/2009 02:01:13 PM

the bible does not even mention a wife in heaven for God, the creator of all things. the bible also says that God created humans out of the dust of the earth and breathed into him the breath of LIFE. God gave mankind a spirit that is immortal. God made our bodies immortal until mankind chose to disobey God's one law at the time: Do not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and EVIL. Satan, the Bible says was a glorious and powerful angel of light who rebelled against God's authority and chose to follow his own will. Satan does tempt people to choose their own will over God's authority. God's will for us is good. We are protected when we obey his laws which are for our good. Disobeying God is choosing to put ourselves above God and that is sin. Because of sin God said people would surely die. Separation from God is spiritual death, yet God chose to send His promised Son, Jesus, begotten of the Holy Spirit in the young woman, Mary, who gave Jesus his human nature. Jesus said that He and the Father are One. The Bible is clear to say that mankind can not by its own merit inherit eternal life with God, but that we are saved by faith in Jesus and thus we receive THE GIFT of eternal life by God's grace

pgrimm

12/29/2008 09:14:07 AM

In discussing the Mormons, they do not follow the Holy Bible, and have ignored the very last sentence, "do not change these scriptures. They have created their own doctrine and not Gods. I refer to God having a WIFE? and they do not advertise this but they believe that Jesus is an angel. Believe what you will, but know what you are believing.

devon29

12/28/2008 04:09:30 AM

the info is a little off and misleading. there are too many for me to list them all here but what i would advise is ,with each post about a specific religion, maybe post reference(s) at the bottom of the article along with an official site like lds.org or mormon.org or whatever site applies. thanks.

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