What Do Mormons Believe?

Answers to your frequently asked questions about the Latter-day Saints

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Do Mormons believe the Old and New Testaments are the Bible?

Yes, Mormons believe in both the Old and New Testaments. They prefer the King James Version.

What is the White Horse prophecy? Does it say a Mormon will rescue the United States and the Constitution?

The White Horse prophecy is the name for a largely oral tradition that says Joseph Smith  predicted that a day will come when the Constitution will hang by a thread (or “be on the brink of ruin”) and the elders of Israel (or “the Latter-day Saints,” never an individual) will step forward to save it from destruction. Although no definitive version of the “white horse prophecy” has been traced to Smith, a number of sources recorded him as saying something to that effect. The denunciation of the prophecy as false and ridiculous by a few Mormon leaders is probably a reflection of the prophecy’s non-canonical status, and their wish to rule out melodramatic interpretations of what may have been a largely metaphorical prediction.

Do they believe the Garden of Eden was in Missouri?

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Joseph Smith taught that the area of Spring Hill, in Daviess County, Missouri (the northern part of the state) was Adam-ondi-Ahman, where Adam blessed his posterity three years before his death. Smith never said where the Garden of Eden was.(back to top)


What do they believe about polygamy?

 

Mormons believe, as the Book of Mormon teaches, that the commandment of God regarding marriage is that a man shall have one wife—unless God expressly commands otherwise. Mormons believe, for purposes and reasons they do not presume to know, that at certain times God has commanded the practice of plural marriage, the term Mormons use for polygamy. This was the case with the biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Joseph Smith, the church’s founding prophet, had multiple wives. In the early days of the LDS church, perhaps 20 to 25 percent of Latter-day Saints practiced polygamy.  In 1890, Mormons believe God authorized the end of the practice. Today, some breakaway sects continue to practice polygamy, but they are not affiliated with the LDS church, and individuals who practice plural marriage are excommunicated by the Church today. (back to top)


 

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Terryl Givens
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