The man behind the Latter Day Saint movement, who told of visions in which an angel directed him to a book of golden plates that would later form the basis for Mormon tenets and organization of the Church. Who was this man?
Joseph Smith, Jr. , was born as the 5th child of Joseph Smith, Sr., and Lucy Mack Smith in 1805, in Vermont. Members of the Smith family had varying views on organized religion, but shared beliefs regarding religious visions and prophecies. Joseph Smith, Jr., would later go on to publish the earlier works in 1830 that would become the Church of Christ, later known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
There are 13 basic points of belief to which all Mormons ascribe. Collectively, these are referred to as:
Joseph Smith wrote a letter in 1842, in response to John Wentworth, a newspaper editor who had asked for information about the Church, detailing the 13 statements that summarize fundamental Mormon beliefs. Since then, the Articles of Faith have been regarded as the basic principles of Mormon gospel, and are among the first teachings Mormon children learn. These 13 Articles of Faith enhance Mormon understanding of certain doctrines and assist a commitment to living them, as well as invite further thought and are a good tool for communicating Mormon beliefs to those unfamiliar with them.
The Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints differs from that of Joseph Smith, Jr.’s original prophecy in which major respect?
Joseph Smith allegedly taught a polygamy doctrine in 1831, and some reports state he himself was a polygamist by 1835. The Church publicly denounced polygamy, furthering a rift between members of the Church and Smith over allegations of a relationship between Smith and a girl in his household. There are varying reports that Smith may have taken as many as 30 wives. The practice of plural marriage as a contentious issue resulted in the separation of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), in 1932 when its founding members left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believes that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel include each of the following, except:
Mormons believe in a universe governed by God, and a person must fully accept Christ through faith, repentance, baptism and the laying on of hands to be accepted into the highest kingdom after the mortal life. Mormons see themselves as Christians, and see other Christian churches as only having a portion of the truth , though this is not one of the primary original principles of the Gospel. The practice of plural marriage as a contentious issue resulted in the separation of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), in 1932 when its founding members left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Mormon faith requires arranged marriages within the Church.
False. Mormons believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men – but also believe in freedom to choose and being held accountable for those choices. Scripture states there will always be consequences for those choices both good and bad, but most importantly, God has never approved of using force; instead God encourages the human spirit of freedom.