What Do Mormons Believe
What Do Mormons Believe About The Nature of God?
Mormons believe God is our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ is His Son,
and the Holy Ghost is a spirit sent by God to teach truth, inspire, and
comfort. Each of these is a separate, individual being. God
is perfect, benevolent, all-knowing, and all-powerful. God has a
divine, immortal body of flesh and bone. We are all the children
of God, so He desires for us to become like Him and gain all that He
has (Romans 8:17).
What Do Mormons Believe About Jesus Christ?
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. He
was ordained to be the Savior of all mankind before the world was
created. He was born of Mary as the New Testament tells and
fulfilled the prophecies of the coming Messiah. He lived a sinless
life and through His suffering and crucifixion, atoned for the sins of
all. Three days after His death Jesus was resurrected and ascended
to heaven. He now possesses a divine, mortal body like God the
Father’s. As Savior, Jesus will act as Advocate to The Father on
Judgment Day and extend mercy to those who have faith in Him and have
followed His example. Mormons worship Jesus as Lord and Savior.
What Do Mormons Believe About The Nature of Man?
Man is composed of a mortal body and an immortal spirit. The
spirit of each individual is a distinct consciousness and existed
before this life. Each person on earth accepted the responsibility
of experiencing mortality for the purpose of personal
progression. The spirit contains what is often called a
“conscience” and every person has the innate ability to distinguish
right from wrong. Mortality is a probationary state for which we
will be judged according to the deeds done in this life. After
this life every person will be resurrected and retain a perfect
immortal body forever. The Judgment will reward each person
according to their earthly life--good for good, evil for evil--with the
potential to receive all that God the Father has. Mormons believe
that this is the potential to become like God. These are doctrines
that existed before but were abandoned after the death of the Apostles
but restored through modern revelation
What Do Mormons Believe About Salvation?
Mormons believe salvation is achieved through faith in Jesus
Christ. This begins, but does not end, with a personal conviction
that Jesus is your personal Lord and Savior. Mormons believe that
there are two deaths to be saved from. Physical death will come to
everyone because of the Fall of Adam. The Atonement of Jesus
Christ overcame this death and all will rise from the dead with an
immortal, resurrected, physical body. The death that is spiritual
is a separation from the glory and dwelling place of
God. Salvation from this death is achieved through faith in Jesus
and the performance of the ordinances of Salvation. Baptism is the first ordinance, which is received after faith and repentance. There are also higher ordinances received in the Mormon temple. Through
these ordinances a person enters into covenants with God the Father and
Jesus Christ. The reward for obedience to these covenants is
eternal glory. Mormons do not believe that salvation can be earned,
it is granted by the mercy of Jesus Christ to those who follow
Him. He has commanded His disciples to repent and receive these
ordinances. Those that do will be saved.
What Do Mormons Believe About Life After Death?
Mormons believe that all people who ever lived will have the
opportunity to accept Jesus Christ. Those that have died go to a
spirit world where they associate with others who have lived while they
await the resurrection. The believers of Christ preach the gospel
in the spirit world too, and those that accept it can be saved by
having the ordinances of salvation performed for them by proxy on
earth. This is the Mormon practice of baptism for the dead, which is performed in Mormon temples. Mormons also believe there are differing degrees of glory
rewarded after the Judgment, according to the faith and obedience of
the person during their life (John 14:2; 1 Corinthians
15:40-41). The glories of heaven differ like the glory of the sun
differs from the moon, and the moon from the stars. All who
accepted the probation of mortality will receive some degree of glory,
but only the faithful will receive the highest glory.
What Do Mormons Believe About The Bible?
Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God. It was
divinely inspired and written by prophets of God. It contains the
gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible is not the whole of the word of
God. There have been other prophets in the history of the world
and Mormons believe there are prophets today. Their words are also
divinely inspired and never contradict the Bible. The Bible as it
presently exists is a construction of the councils of men and has
undergone countless transcriptions and several
translations. Mormons believe that in the intervening 2,000 years
the essential gospel remained but several finer points of doctrine have
been altered or omitted on occasion and interpreted to suit the desires
of those in power. Mormons believe that the Joseph Smith Translation
of the Bible restored these changes and is a more correct version than
any other. Mormons also believe in divine scripture in addition to
the Bible. In the Mormon canon are the Bible, the Book of Mormon,
the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.
What Do Mormons Believe About Revelation?
Mormons believe in all the revelations
of God, past, present, or future. Mormons believe that revelation
did not cease with the Apostles. With the death of the Apostles
there was no one on earth with the authority to receive revelation for
the Church of Jesus Christ for many years. But starting in 1820
that authority was restored to Joseph Smith and exists in the Mormon
Church. The leaders of the Mormon Church are sustained as
prophets, seers, and revelators. Through Joseph Smith and
succeeding prophets of the Church many new revelations have been
received in modern times and old revelations clarified. Mormons
also believe there are yet things to be revealed concerning the kingdom
What Do Mormons Believe About Other Christian Churches?
Mormons desire the fellowship and association of other Christian
churches. Mormons believe in freedom of religion and allow all to
worship as they please. All Christian churches are based on faith
in Jesus Christ but Mormons believe that God grants authority to
administer the gospel. This is the priesthood. Without that
authority, the ordinances of salvation cannot be
performed. Although other Christian churches have faith in Jesus
and live His teachings, they have not received baptism by the proper
authority to be able to receive salvation. Mormons believe the priesthood authority of God is found only in the Mormon Church.