What do Mormons believe?

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January 11, 2015 1:21AM

Basic doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints include a central focus on Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

Mormons believe that one must have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of his/her sins, be baptized by immersion for the remission of sins by one with proper authority from God, and continue to live a good and wholesome life.

Mormons believe in a pre-earth life where humanity lived as spiritual sons and daughters of God and there chose to come to earth to receive a mortal body, be tested, and eventually die, be resurrected and judged, and receive an inheritance in one of three states of glory in the Kingdom of God.

Mormon Scriptures include the Old and New Testament (the King James Version of the Bible), the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price which are selections from the Book of Moses (the first five books of the Bible), extracts from the translation of the Bible as revealed to Joseph Smith the Prophet, June 1830-1831, the Book of Abraham which were translated from ancient Egyptian papyrus which the prophet translated by his seer stone and Joseph Smith translation of Mathew 23:39 and chapter 24.

Mormons also believe in the doctrine of continuing revelation - the belief that God has not changed since biblical times and continues to call prophets (men of God given Priesthood authority to act in the name of God for the benefit of humanity) in modern times as well as in times of old. Joseph Smith (1805-1844) was the first to be called as a prophet in this dispensation and was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was through him that the Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price were translated, and most of Doctrine and Covenants was recorded by him.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has established the website to specifically answer the question "What do Mormons believe?" in greater detail.

Representatives of the Church, or missionaries, are specifically designated by the Church to answer questions regarding doctrine and basic beliefs and serve for two or less years in their responsibilities full-time across the globe.

Other resources on church teachings and organization can be found at lds. org.

Here is the 13 Articles of Faith that Joseph Smith (founder of LDS church) wrote to a newspaper in the 1800's. for more information on what Mormons believe visit www

  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 paradisiacal glory.
  11. We claim the privilege of worshiping 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

Joseph Smith