Many of my friends are very confused about Mormons. They look it up on the internet and find all the wrong information. I know that they don’t mean anything by what they say because they don’t know the truth. They don’t know the reason why I have high standards, why I don’t have sex before marriage, why I believe the things I do. To be honest, they don’t know any of my beliefs other than I’m a different person from the rest.
They don’t think to ask me questions first, they think the internet knows everything and it doesn’t. I don’t know everything, but I know what I believe and I know the truth. Once they do ask me questions, they have already looked up ‘What is a Mormon’ and again, click on the wrong links.
So I decided to write it down because that’s how I express myself the best.
Frequently asked questions about Mormons
- Are Mormons Christian?
- What do Mormons believe about God?
- Do Mormons believe in the Bible?
- What is the Book of Mormon?
- Do some Latter-Day Saints wear temple garments?
- Do Latter-Day Saints practice polygamy?
“What is a Mormon?”
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unequivocally affirm themselves to be Christians. They worship God the Eternal Father in the name of Jesus Christ. When asked what the Latter-day Saints believe, Joseph Smith put Christ at the center: “The fundamental principles of our religion is the testimony of the apostles and prophets concerning Jesus Christ, ‘that he died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended up into heaven;’ and all other things are only appendages to these, which pertain to our religion.”
- Latter-day Saints do not accept the creeds, confessions, and formulations of post–New Testament Christianity.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not descend through the historical line of traditional Christianity. That is, Latter-day Saints are not Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant.
- Latter-day Saints do not believe scripture consists of the Holy Bible alone but have an expanded canon of scripture that includes the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.
Mormons do not descend from a traditional line of the churches on Earth today. “Latter-day Saints are not Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant. Latter-day Saints believe that by the ministering of angels to Joseph Smith priesthood authority to act in God’s name was returned or brought back to earth. This is the ‘restored,’ not a ‘reformed,’ church of Jesus Christ. The Latter-day Saint belief in a restored Christianity helps explain why so many Latter-day Saints, from the 1830s to the present, have converted from other Christian denominations. These converts did not, and do not, perceive themselves as leaving the Christian fold; they are simply grateful to learn about and become part of the restored Church of Jesus Christ, which they believe offers the fullness of the Lord’s gospel, a more complete and rich Christian church—spiritually, organizationally, and doctrinally.”
Members of creedal churches often mistakenly assume that all Christians have always agreed and must agree on a historically static, monolithic collection of beliefs. As many scholars have acknowledged, however, Christians have vigorously disagreed about virtually every issue of theology and practice through the centuries, leading to the creation of a multitude of Christian denominations. Although the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differs from that of the many creedal Christian churches, it is consistent with early Christianity.”
Somehow this topic came up into a conversation today. A friend of mine told another friend at our lunch table that “Mormons are not Christians.” I sat there astonished because these children and teenagers honestly have no idea. They go off of what they hear from their parents and others who are not LDS. I tried to explain that Mormons are Christians, just like any other denomination. However, we differ from the rest; we have the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, along with the Holy Bible.
Being LDS, I feel offended by some of the things I hear that others around me say; “Mormons are polygamists.” “Mormons don’t believe in God.” “You don’t have sex until your married? Oh, so you’re one of those people?” “What about those Magical Mormon underwear?” Yeah, I’ve even heard that one and many others too.
I understand that these are all jokes and they don’t understand how they affect me, however, my beliefs are very sacred to me and I wish others understood how their comments affect me. I try to push them off, but like Russell M. Nelson says, “Stand up. Speak up. Make a difference.” That’s what I want to do.
What is the Book of Mormon?
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It contains writings of ancient prophets, giving an account of God’s dealings with the peoples on the American continent. For Latter-day Saints it stands alongside the Old and New Testaments of the Bible as holy scripture.
Do some Latter-Day Saints wear temple garments?
“Yes. In our world of diverse religious observance, many people of faith wear special clothing as a reminder of sacred beliefs and commitments. This has been a common practice throughout history. Today, faithful adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wear temple garments. These garments are simple, white underclothing composed of two pieces: a top piece similar to a T-shirt and a bottom piece similar to shorts. Not unlike the Jewish tallit katan (prayer shawl), these garments are worn underneath regular clothes. Temple garments serve as a personal reminder of covenants made with God to lead good, honorable, Christlike lives. The wearing of temple garments is an outward expression of an inward commitment to follow the Savior.
Biblical scripture contains many references to the wearing of special garments. In the Old Testament the Israelites are specifically instructed to turn their garments into personal reminders of their covenants with God (see Numbers 15:37-41). Indeed, for some, religious clothing has always been an important part of integrating worship with daily living. Such practices resonate with Latter-day Saints today.
Because of the personal and religious nature of the temple garment, the Church asks all media to report on the subject with respect, treating Latter-day Saint temple garments as they would religious vestments of other faiths. Ridiculing or making light of sacred clothing is highly offensive to Latter-day Saints.”
I can say for myself, I have not reached the age to receive this ordinance, but as a Latter-Day Saint it is VERY offensive when people make fun of my beliefs and look up “What are Mormons?” into the internet and find wrong information, and then make fun of me for “believing” what they think I believe because they don’t understand. It’s wrong.
Do Latter-Day Saints practice polygamy?
“No. There are over 14 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and not one of them is a polygamist. The practice of polygamy is strictly prohibited in the Church. The general standard of marriage in the Church has always been monogamy, as indicated in the Book of Mormon (see Jacob 2:27). For periods in the Bible polygamy was practiced by the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as well as kings David and Solomon. It was again practiced by a minority of Latter-day Saints in the early years of the Church. Polygamy was officially discontinued in 1890 — 122 years ago. Those who practice polygamy today have nothing whatsoever to do with the Church.”
Reaching the end of this post, ask a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints your questions or look them up on lds.org, mormon.org, and/or mormonnewsroom.org if you are not a member. DO NOT look up “What are Mormons?” on the internet besides the websites listed because you will not find the correct answers. Respect us like you respect other religions and denominations.
Mormon | Nickname in Reference to LDS Church Members
Mormon | Nickname in Reference to LDS Church Members. (2017). Lds.org. Retrieved 20 April 2017, from https://www.lds.org/topics/christians?lang=eng&old=true
Frequently Asked Questions About Mormons
Frequently Asked Questions About Mormons. (2010). http://www.mormonnewsroom.org. Retrieved 20 April 2017, from http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/frequently-asked-questions