Basic Mormon beliefs are expressed in the “Thirteen Articles of Faith,” which were listed by Joseph Smith when he was asked about the basic beliefs of the Church. [1]

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.

Hello Everyone;

I would like to take a moment to say that what I write is intended to help the Mormon people, not to belittle them…What I write is to help all men/women to know God better…I will also say, that I do not know all there is about God or His word…I myself am work in process… I truly believe that God didn’t mean for man to know all things about Him, simply because God knows man better than man knows his own self…God knew that if man learned and knew all things, man would become bored, would become uninterested and lose his love for God…

First, If you will notice, of the thirteen articles, they begin with, “We Believe”…

This is their first mistake, God does not care what we think…We are to be obedient children unto Him…God does not owe us a thing, we owe Him…When we as a people begin to mix in what we believe into the word of God, God’s word becomes another doctrine instead of the doctrine of Christ….We must ask ourself’s, what does the word of God say, what does the word of God mean….One way of understanding God is through prayer and fasting…Another way is for the word to be preached to us by our Pastor…We must also read the word for ourselfs to see that our Pastor is indeed preaching the word of God, not his own…

1Co 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Secondly, the bible has everything that we need to know about God, and also our greatest adversary, the devil,(satan)…Why would a man need any other book about God? The Mormons believe that their book of Mormons is another testament of Jesus Christ presented to them by a man named, Joseph Smith…There is only one truth out there and it can be found in the B.I.B.L.E…The Bible is dead on with what is happening in the world today…The Bible explains the history of man and the fallen angel, Lucifer…The Bible also tells us about the future of the Church…Jesus Christ and Lucifer were not brothers…Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh…God is eternal, Lucifer was created by God, therefore, the created cannot be equal to the eternal….Besides, there is no bible for what the Mormons believe to be true…

The bible is the inspired written word of God…The bible is God’s thoughts on paper…Now, let me also say that not all bibles are truth…There are bibles where the word of God has been altered, some bibles have taken complete scriptures out of the bible…In the book of Revelations, it warns those who take away from the word or who adds to the word of God…

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

One such bible is the, “NIV”…It is missing scriptures that were written by men of God…The Mormons say they believe the bible to be true depending on it’s translation correctly, but they also believe in another book they call, the book of Mormons…They say that it is another testament of Jesus Christ…The problem is, that, there is only one book of truth, and that is the “B.I.B.L.E.” The book of Mormons was created by a false prophet,
Joseph Smith….

We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

What does the bible say about Adam and Eve’s sin, which is the first sin against God….

God’s First commandment:

Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

What happened when Adam and Eve committed the first sin by eating the fruit of the tree that God said not to eat of it…Let’s see what the bible says:

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Gen 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

The bible clearly states that because of Adam and Eve’s sin which was committed by them eating from the tree in the garden of Eden that God commanded them not to eat from it, all mankind from that time forward was cursed…Yes we will be judged for our sins that we commit against our God, but it is because of Adam and Eve’s transgression against God’s commandment…This is why when we are born, we are born into sin…Man has a sinful nature about him…

Beliefs about Death and the Afterlife

Mormons believe that all humans who die will live eternally. Their spirits will go to the spirit world, where they will undergo instruction and preparation. Then, “after a time,” there will be the Resurrection, at which time the spirits will be reunited with their bodies forever. [1]

Mormons believe in heaven, which is defined as “the place where God lives and the future home of those who follow Him.” Faithful Mormons and their families will live in the presence of God and be rewarded in accordance with what they have done during their lives. [2]

Joseph Smith also taught that families can live together forever in heaven if they are “sealed” through special temple ceremonies. [3]

What about non-Mormons? “Those who choose not to follow our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will receive a reward according to what they have done in this life, but they will not enjoy the glory of living in the presence of God.” [4]

Mormons do believe in hell. Those who did not repent while on Earth will experience a temporary hell after death (during the time that all spirits go to the spirit world before the Resurrection), but will have an opportunity to repent afterwards and avoid the eternal hell. Hell as an eternal place of misery it is inhabited only by Satan and those who explicitly reject “the Heavenly Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost” even after the period of instruction after death. [5]

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

The Mormons are correct in believing that our souls shall live for an eternity…Our souls shall either dwell in God’s kingdom or in hell, there is no inbetween, there is no purgatory…If a man/woman does not Repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost before the coming of the Lord, there will be no more chances to be saved, so, let’s see what the bible says:

Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Joh 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

In Jesus own words, if a man/woman is not born again of the water and of the Spirit, he/she will not even see the kingdom of God…Jesus did not say that when we die we will go to a spirit world and have another opportunity to get right with God…We only have one chance and that is here on earth before the Lord comes…

There are Four steps unto salavtion:

1) Believe

2) Repent

3) Baptize

4) Receive the Holy Ghost

And that is biblical salvation….This is God’s plan of salvation, not mans….

As far as receiving instruction in the spirit world, that is false, we receive instructions here on earth, that is why we have His word, “the “B.I.B.L.E.”, to show us the way unto His kingdom…The Lord is coming to pass judgment upon all man, living and the dead….Once God judges us, that is when we will meet our fate, whether it be heaven or hell…Although, I believe that when a man/woman is close to death, they will know where they are going, but that is only my belief…God does not label us Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Catholics, Baptists, Methodist, lutherans, ect…God looks at us as His children,(those who follow righteousness and holiness), but those who follow workings of evilness and iniquity are none of His…

Man/woman will not enter into the kingdom God because of what we have done here on earth…No manner of work will get us into heaven, man could not do enough works to enter God’s kingdom…We will abide with God in His kingdom only by being obedient unto His word, by His commandments & laws that He set forth for us…We must be holy, for He is holy….Jesus Christ has one plan of salvation, which can be found in the book of Acts when the first church was formed:

Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Act 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Act 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

Act 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

There is no other way that a man/woman can be saved except that they follow the word of God…These scriptures goes against popular belief among other religions….

Godhead, Not Trinity

Unlike Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christianity, Mormonism does not include belief in a Trinity, in which the one God consists of three persons. Instead, Mormons believe that the “Godhead” is made up of three distinct beings who are “one in purpose” but not in being. These beings are:

It seems to me Mormons, that you are contradicting your own doctrine….You say that you do not believe in the trinity, but in the same breath, you say that there are three persons…”Which is it, you cannot have both beliefs”…(Referring to one God/three beings)…The bible explains who the godhead is, let’e see what the bible says:

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

1Ti 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1Jn 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The prophet Isaiah prophecy tells us Who God is and who Jesus Christ is…They are one pure and simple…There is no gray area here…

Just these scriptures alone explain who God is, and who Jesus Christ is…It also explains who the Holy Ghost is being the Holy Ghost is God’s spirit…. To say that you believe that there is one God and then to say that He consists of three persons, because to say three, is to say trinity, it is just not logical… The bible no where speaks of there even being a trinity…A lot of religions get tripped up on Matt 28:19 which says;

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the [name] of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Jesus commanded the Apostles to baptize in the name, not names…What he says is a singular name, not in the names…The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are merely titles of the one true God…

Question: Can you see a spirit? Of course not…God is a spirit, therefore, He cannot be a person…The Holy Ghost is a spirit, therefore, the Holy Ghost cannot be a person…God and the Holy Ghost are eternal, something not created…God took on the form of a man, Jesus Christ to save the world from it’s sins…(speaking of mankind)…

The Heavenly Father

Like most monotheistic religions, Mormons regard God as the all-powerful, all-good ruler of the universe who also loves and cares for humans. 1

Mormonism is unique, however, in its belief that God has a physical body. This belief is based on several biblical passages – such as those in which Moses speaks to God “face to face” or Stephen sees Jesus standing at the right hand of God – as well as divine revelation to Joseph Smith. 2

Mormons commonly refer to God the Father as “Heavenly Father,” because “he is the Father of our spirits.” 3

My question here is, can you see a spirit? No, of course not…

Can God do all things? Yes He can…

Can God be all places at the same time? Yes He can?

Is God all knowing? (Knowing our thoughts and our hearts) Yes…

God the Father is correct, however, Jesus Christ himself claimed to be the Father in the book of John:

Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.

Joh 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Joh 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

Joh 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Joh 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

God is, Omnipresent: Psalm 139:7-13

God is: Omnisient: 1 Corinthians 2:10

God is Omnipotent: Luke 1:35; Romans 15:19

Holy Spirit

For Mormons, the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) is the third person of the Godhead whose special mission is to guide and teach, testify to God, and comfort and sanctify human souls. In these affirmations, Mormonism is in agreement with mainstream Christianity.

Mormonism departs from mainstream Christianity, however, in teaching that the Holy Spirit is a “one in purpose with the Father and the Son, but is a separate being” [1] rather than an aspect of God or part of a Trinity.

Unlike God and Jesus, who have physical bodies, the Holy Spirit is pure spirit and has no body. Joseph Smith wrote that God revealed to him that “the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.” [2]

Here again, can you see a spirit? No… So how can a spirit be a person…The Holy Ghost is God’s spirit, so, we have one, not two, not three…

Luk 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

Luk 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Jesus Christ the man was a sacrifice for all mankind….

Human Nature and the Purpose of Life

Mormons view humans as ultimately spirits, who lived with God as spirits before they were born on earth. God chose a specific time and place for each spirit to come to earth to receive a physical body.

There is no bible for your belief that we were spirits before being born upon the earth…But the bible does say:

Mar 12:19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

Mar 12:20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.

Mar 12:21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.

Mar 12:22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.

Mar 12:23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.

Mar 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

Mar 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

God did this so humans can gain essential experience and prove themselves worthy to return to live with God forever. [1] Thus the purpose of life is to undergo experiences and cultivate virtues that could not be done in heaven as a spirit, and earn the right to return to heaven with God.

As an official Mormon website explains this doctrine:

You didn’t suddenly spring into existence the moment you were born. You were happy in Heavenly Father’s presence, but He knew that you needed more in order to progress. You did not have a physical body like you do now, and you needed a chance to gain experience on your own—away from His presence, but with the ability to communicate with Him and receive help. So He sent you to Earth, hoping that you would return to Him and receive everything He has to offer you. Before you were born, you lived with your Heavenly Father as one of His beloved spirit children. You knew and loved Him, and He knew and loved you. Although you have forgotten your life before you were born, your Heavenly Father has not. He knows you and loves you. He wants you to come to know and love Him, too. [2]

Your right Mormons, we didn’t just spring up into existence, God spoke us into existence…As it is written:

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

In contrast to some Christian denominations that emphasize divine predestination and/or the crippling effects of original sin, Mormons teach that humans have complete free will to do good or evil. [3]

Yes, God gave us free will to do as we choose to do…

Children are regarded as free of sin and incapable of sinning until the age of 8, when they become accountable. [4]

As far as what is our purpose here…God said that our purpose is to be His servant so that He can work through us and do mighty works so that the world can witiness God’s power…we are also created to praise and to worship our Lord….God told us in the book of Mark:

Deu 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

Deu 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Deu 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

Deu 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Jdg 5:2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.

Deu 10:21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.

Isa 12:1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

Isa 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Isa 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.]

Isa 12:4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

Isa 12:5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

Isa 12:6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Isa 25:1 O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

A child is accountable as soon as they know right from wrong, as soon as they can understand that doing wrong is a sin and that it is wrong in the eye’s of God…There is no age limit, some learn faster than others, some slower than others….You will not find anything about accountablity in the bible about children, but one can use his or her common sense to the fact, that if a child cannot repent for something that they do not understand, then they cannot be held accountable in the eye’s of the Lord…No repentence, no salvation, no baptism, no salvation, not filled with the Holy Ghost, no salvation…

We are not yet spirits, we will not be spirits until, the flesh dies…We will be as angels…

Jesus Christ

Mormon faith centers on Jesus Christ. Mormons hold many beliefs about Christ in common with Catholics and Protestants, such as Christ as Son of God, Christ as Savior of humanity, Christ’s existence before his birth, Christ predicted by prophets before his birth, the Virgin Birth, the reality of the Crucifixion, and the bodily Resurrection of Christ. [1]

However, Mormons do not agree with mainstream Christians that Jesus is the eternal Word of God or God himself. In Mormon belief, Jesus was a created spirit and “son of God” before being given a physical body, just like all humans. In the Mormon text “Book of Moses,” Satan and Jesus contend for the privilege of taking a body of flesh in order to become the redeemer, with Jesus winning the contest. The spirit of Jesus was then given a body through the Virgin Birth to Mary in Bethlehem. [2]

Something eternal is not created…Something created, is you and I…

Refer to John 1:1,14 1 Timothy 3:16

Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh….The bible says as much…

Salvation

Because Mormons believe that we originally lived with God as spirits before being sent to this world (see Human Nature), salvation in Mormonism means returning to God after this life.

Mormons believe salvation is attained through a combination of faith in the Atonement of Christ and good works, with emphasis on the good works:

“If you are to return to live with God eternally, you must keep His commandments, accept Jesus Christ’s Atonement, and follow His example while you are on Earth.” [1]

“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel…. [the] 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” [2]

Not all man shall be saved, this is why hell is enlarging herself:

Isa 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

To summarize these and other Mormon statements, salvation can be achieved by:

* believing in God and Jesus
* doing good (being kind, fair, loving, etc.)
* developing moral character
* repenting of sins and attaining forgiveness through the Atonement of Christ
* being baptized and participating in other Mormon ordinances
* spreading the Mormon faith [3]

Beliefs and Practices Overview

Latter-day Saints are distinguished especially by:

* Active proselytizing by full-time volunteer missionaries
* Belief in modern prophets, beginning with Joseph Smith, Jr., and continuing today with Gordon B. Hinckley
* Acceptance of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price as works of scripture
* A dietary code called the Word of Wisdom, currently requiring abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs; caffeinated soft drinks are left to individual discretion.
* Belief in God the Father, the Son (Christ), and the Holy Ghost existing as three separate individual beings or personages
* Belief in a form of theosis called exaltation or eternal progression
* Formerly practicing polygamy (plural marriage)
* Wearing ceremonial temple garments under their daily clothes
* Performing baptisms for the dead, and other ordinances by proxy, in temples and doing attendant genealogical research.

Facts and Stats on Mormonism

Founder
Joseph Smith
Date founded
April 6, 1830
Place founded
Fayette, New York, USA
Modern headquarters
Salt Lake Ciy, Utah, USA
Adherents
12.2 million worldwide, more than half outside the USA
Sacred texts
Christian Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrines & Covenants
Leadership
Bishops, First President, Quorom of the Twelve Apostles
Places of worship
Temple, church

To the Mormon people and to those whom might read this post…Get your bible out and read it for yourself and pray and ask God to enlighten you so that you may understand His word…With that said, we need a Pastor to preach the word of God to us or how else can we learn…Like I said earlier, I am also work in process, there is much more that I need to know, much more growing in the Lord and His word that I need and must do…My salvation is to important not to strive to know and to do for God…Amen…

~May God Bless~

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Hello everyone;

Ran across this article about the Ark of the Covenant and the possibility of where it might be located…The Bible clearly tells us where it is…

Long pondered by the community of Biblical scholarship, the rest of the world began considering this question with the release of the hit motion picture “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Today there are no lack of possibilities.

Based on ancient Jewish writings, some have suggested the Ark is hidden on Mount Nebo on the Jordan River’s east bank. This site is presently in the modern nation of Jordan with no hint of the Ark’s presence.

Others suggest the Ark is hidden somewhere near the Dead Sea, on the Jordan’s west bank. This location is usually considered in association with the ancient site of Qumran and the people of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here, the Ark and other artifacts are believed buried in one of the region’s caves, like the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Another view suggests the Ark is located beneath Jerusalem, in a stone-carved tunnel. Some say it is beneath the suggested site of the Crucifixion, Gordon’s Calvary. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem’s Old City, an Ultra-Orthodox organization dedicated to rebuilding the Jewish Temple, says the Ark is under the temple mount and will be revealed at the proper time—when the temple is rebuilt.

Interestingly, the thesis of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” that the Ark was taken from the Temple by Egyptian Pharaoh Shishak is not a popular view today. This may be due to the lack of traditions suggesting the Ark’s presence at the mouth of the Nile, in Lower Egypt.

A view which has received little attention until the past decade has now been popularized by a recent book. The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant, by British journalist Graham Hancock, has almost reached best-seller status and captured the imagination of the general public. According to this view, the Ark of the Covenant was taken from ancient Jerusalem in the days of King Solomon. While there are numerous variations of the story, the common thread centers on a son fathered by Israelite King Solomon and born to the Queen of Sheba. While this union is not mentioned in the Biblical account of the meeting between these two monarchs (1 Kings 10), it has a long tradition in Ethiopia, a suggested location of ancient Sheba.

This son, named Menelik, is said to have brought the Ark to his country for safe keeping, according to an account preserved in the Ethiopian royal chronicles. This story has also been boosted by the now famous Black Jews of Ethiopia, the Falashas. These black Africans, practicing a very ancient form of Judaism, received international attention when an Israeli military action airlifted them to freedom from political persecution in 1976.
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The Associates for Biblical Research have not been involved in any efforts to retrieve the Ark. Obviously, it would be one of the greatest artifacts of all time. But archaeology is not a treasure hunt, and the Bible does not need the recovered Ark to be proved accurate

The Ark of the Covenant dwells within God’s children…Not all mankind is God’s children, just as not all mankind will be saved…This is why hell is enlarging itself, to make room for the disobedient, for the workers of iniquity…

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