LDS: What are general Mormon beliefs?
Like what are the basic beliefs, general rules, customs and norms, what are some more outrageous but generally accepted beliefs, etc etc.
- HonestlyLv 79 months agoFavorite Answer
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (nick named Mormons for their use of the Book of Mormon), claims to be the restored church of Jesus Christ to the gentiles in preparation for the second coming of Christ. The church was organized and is administered by revelation to living Apostles. There are about 17 million members of the church worldwide.
The church adminsters the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ including the teachings of Christ and the life changing ordinances of the gospel. Spiritual gifts are manifested in the church and most members know with surety through revelation from the Holy Ghost that God lives.
The church has no paid clergy and most adult members are called to positions of service. Though both males and females hold leadership positions in the church, most male members of the church above the age of 12 hold some level of priesthood authority (note that all positions in the church include priesthood authority to accomplish assignments but only men hold priesthood offices). Priesthood offices include Apostle, Patriarch, Seventy, High Priest, Elder, Bishop, Priest, Teacher and Deacon. Each has specific authorities.
The church has over 70 thousand full time missionaries who are sent throughout the world by the quorum of the 12 apostles and who pay their own way.
Salvation is through:
1. Faith or trust in Jesus Christ and His atonement which leads to...
2. Repentance of sin or turning from worldliness to following Christ
3. Baptism (the official symbol of our covenant with God to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ and keep His commandments).
4. Receipt of the gift of the Holy Ghost. This is given to all members of the church buy the laying on of hands and is the right to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost as we remain worthy (repentant).
The church teaches that we are literally the spirit children of God, that this fallen earth life is patterened after the eternities, that family is the order of Heaven, that gender is eternal, that f amilies can be eternal, and that the purpose of earth life is to help us gain the attributes of God and become like Him.
God's great plan of salvation is for all people. As spirit children of God, we are individually placed in times, places, families, countries, social status, etc., according to our need for growth and ability to accept truth. The plan of salvation extends way beyond the grave where all will be taught the gospel and we will continue to learn and grow. Unlike many humans, God does not condemn those who belong to other religions and God's hand is in the nurturing of all His children and administers light and truth as people are able to receive it.
The church teaches that there was a general apostasy after the early apostles died and that the church must needed to be restored through angelic visit in the last days.
Members of the church study the King James Version of the bible as well as other modern and ancient scriptures. The Book of Mormon is a religious history of several groups of people who traveled to the America's anciently. It promises that those who study it in faith will come to know through revelation that it is true.
In addition to chapels, the church builds temples throughout the world. Here, faithful members make higher covenants that are designed to prepare to bring us into the presence of God. The garment that people always talk about is a reminder of the covenants that we make in the temple and are worn beneath the street clothes so as to not bring attention to them (note that God has used special, symbolic clothing throughout history).
Some practices held by members of the church include:
1. Members are taught to pay a tithe of ten percent of increase. This is not tracked by anyone but is between the individual and God. Tithing is a form of sacrifice that teaches members to place God first and let go of the world. The ancient Christians were required to give all their land to the church (see Acts 4:32 thru Acts 5:10)
2. Members of the church strive to keep a health code. Harmful and addictive substances are not condoned (alchohol, tobacco, caffeinated coffee and tea, recreational drugs). Wholesome plants are encouraged and overusage of meat is discouraged.
3. Members are encouraged to serve within the church and community. Members believe in being good neighbors, supporting good government, building strong families, work, self reliance, prayer, revelation, scripture study, morality, modesty in dress, taking care of our bodies, caring for the poor and needy, sacrifice for a greater cause, being generous, thrifty, tolerant of other beliefs, etc.
The church teaches that God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are seperate individuals in perfect unity of purpose. Jesus Christ was given all power and authority from the Father and is the only begotten Son of God in the flesh. Jesus administered the creation fo the earth, was known as Jehovah, the God of the old testament, was born of Mary and worked out the atonement for all mankind, and will be our judge.
- PubliusLv 79 months ago
Take notes on the New Testament. We believe all of that, rather better than some churches.
Read The Book of Mormon. That presents many of our beliefs better than I can.
Read The Doctrine and Covenants. That will clarify many things.
Basically we believe in living by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.
Do I have to spell it out? All right, begin with this: Our spirits are literally the children of God, as the Bible endlessly teaches. This is why he loves us; this is why he prepared a savor (Jesus Christ) for us.
The New Testament makes three foundational claims about Jesus Christ:
1. He is Jehovah incarnate, but not the God he worships and prays to.
2. He is the creation of God.
3. He is the begotten son of God.
You might ask yourself why so many churches deny, dilute, or ignore these three Bible teachings.
- Anonymous9 months ago
Indestructible magic underwear, becoming your own God, God living on a planet called "Kolob" and sucking on women's breasts (Religulous), believing a polygamist could solely interpret magic plates in a hat, etc.
- 9 months ago
Don't care. I'm Buddhist - the most beautiful and peaceful religion on earth.