30 Facts About Mormonism

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Did you know that the LDS church was founded by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830?

With the news of Mitt Romney in the Presidential elections, many people have started to ask questions about Mitt’s religion, and about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormonism as it is commonly known.

Continue reading to find out a number of interesting facts about what this religion teaches.

A “Mormon” is the name given to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Often just abbreviated to just the LDS Church).

There are a number of splinter groups of the LDS church, such as the Community of Christ, and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which are often mistakenly called Mormons too.

The LDS church was founded on April 6, 1830, by Joseph Smith, who after praying to God to see which was the correct church to join, was told none were, and that he was to start his own church, and become a prophet of God.

After numerous visits from an angel called Moroni, Joseph Smith started translating the Book of Mormon from ancient golden plates, which were revealed to him to be hidden on the top of Hill Cumorah.

Despite what many people believe, Mormons do not practice polygamy. There are however a handful of splinter groups that still believe in, and practice it.

Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum (One of the 8 witnesses) were murdered by a mob whilst they were held in jail at Carthage, near Nauvoo, on June 27, 1844.

Just before the death of Joseph Smith, he passed on the authority to become the prophet of the church to a man called Brigham Young. There are a number of towns and universities named after him; the most popular being the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

As well as using The Holy Bible as scripture, the LDS church also uses the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

While there are many versions/translations of The Bible, the LDS church uses primarily the King James version.

As the eighth Article of Faith says, “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.”1

The Doctrine and Covenants is a collection of revelations and inspired declarations, mainly recorded by Joseph Smith.

The Pearl of Great Price is composed of two lost books from the Bible, a translation of the Gospel of Matthew, Joseph Smith’s history, and the 13 Articles of Faith.

The main events described within the Book of Mormon take place between 600BC to 421AD, although parts go right back to the Tower of Babel, some 2,000 years ago!

The Book of Mormon also tells the reader that after Jesus’ resurrection, he visited America, and other lands to talk to God’s children.

In March 2010, the 100 millionth copy of the Book of Mormon was printed.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do not drink tea, coffee, alcohol, or smoke tobacco, or take illegal drugs. This is due to Section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants, often referred to as the “Word of Wisdom”. 2

The typical church service is split up into three, one-hour sections: The Sacrament meeting, Sunday School, and the Priesthood for the men, the Relief Society or Young Women’s for the females, and Primary for the children.

For a member to be worthy of entering a Temple, they must abide by the Word of Wisdom, and pay their tithing among other things. If they are found to be worthy enough, they are then given a Temple Recommend, allowing them access to the LDS Temples across the world. The Temple Recommend can last up to two years.

The first LDS temple was built in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1833.

As of 2012, there were 136 temples across the world, with another 15 in construction, and another 15 that have been announced.

The LDS church is one of the fastest-growing Christian churches today!

Joseph Smith received a revelation from God that the Garden of Eden’s original location is in Jackson County, Missouri.

Mormons believe in God the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Ghost existing as three separate individual beings or personages. This is known as the “God Head”.

The church’s main Head Quarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah.

During the church’s first 12 months of the Church being re-established, they managed to gain 1,000 members.

As of 2011, there were between 12-15 million members worldwide.

Children are said to be free of sin and incapable of sinning until the age of 8, which then they become accountable for their actions.

The church teaches that all humans existed in spirit form and lived with God before they were born on Earth.

The church also teaches that men and women will only be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

The church’s official website is LDS.org, where you can find out much more information on the Mormon beliefs and practices.

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  1. Thank you for your reply.
    As you are aware, TheFactSite is a site to share short facts about a various of topics, and is in no way a blog dedicated to theological arguments such as “What is Christianity?”.

    I understand that you personally do not believe in the Angel Moroni, and have been taught that Mormonism, along with other denominations such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christian, but this is just a matter of opinion only. Here at TheFactSite we try to take an unbiased approach to all things, especially on the topics of religion and politics.

  2. …can’t handle debating with someone with FACTS and history on his side bro?

    Its amazing how fast you took down my comment from last night……

  3. MORMONISM is NOT a “CHRISTIAN” denomination or church-and its core teachings are NOT CONGRUENT with Protestant/Judeo Christianity as laid out in the old and new testaments as you mentioned in Point # 9.

    Point number 21 would better read “…is one of the fastest growing ‘RELIGIONS’ in the world today..”

    MORMONISM IS NOT AT ALL “Christianity” if your Point number 3 is true. The Protestant Christian Church can trace its roots all the way back to the day that Jesus said “…I will make you fishers of men”. Or at least all the way back to AD 33 and the early church as recorded in the book of Acts in the Christian Bible. If “god” told Joseph Smith that there were no “true” churches then Joseph Smith invented “christianity” in 1830. (use of little “g” and little “c” on purpose.)

    Of course this is obviously NOT TRUE.

    Where as there exists mountains of historical evidence proving the Deity of Christ and the existence of the 12 disciples, along with all of the patriarchs of the old testament-Where is the proof of the existence of the angel “Moroni” upon which so much Mormon doctrine hinges on? Sorry to be a “Christian” that is a skeptic, but it is a question that deserves an answer.

    Also-if “mormonism” is a form of Christianity-then why does its teachings CONFLICT with the teachings on salvation as taught in several books of the King James new testament? That is that the remission and forgiveness of sins comes thru faith in Christ ALONE and becoming “Born Again”. (See Romans Chapt. 10) .

    This is ANOTHER valid question that begs an answer?

    The truth is that Joseph Smith INVENTED his own religion, no different than Jim Jones or David Koresh, or the founders of the Jehovah Witnesses or even Budhism…..

    Every “religion” outside of Judeo/Christianity seeks to CORRECT Judeo/Christianity as taught in the Old and New Testaments ALONE….hence “Mormonism” is NO DIFFERENT than Hinduism in that both of these “religions” seek to correct the only “truth path to God and salvation” thru faith in Christ. EVERY RELIGION outside of Judeo/Christianity has this same thread in common: that is that they ALL seek to change the one, TRUE church of God.

    Mormons are sincere. Not unlike Jehovah Witnesses, or even scientologists. But they are all SINCERELY WRONG in their attempts to ‘correct’ Judeo/Christianity.

    The bible says “not to corrupt the simplicity that is faith in Christ Jesus”…

    Thats one of the reasons the bible warns NOT to “take away” or “add to” Scripture as recorded in the old and new testaments. In fact-this warning is the LAST scripture in the bible as recorded in the “Book of Revelation” which actually deals mainly with future history which would include the 1830’s.

    In other words God (big “G”) would NEVER send an angel or anyone else since that writing mentioned above to “add more scripture” . God cannot go against His own word. So why would God tell Joseph Smith to break the last commandment ever recorded in scripture?

    Ergo the writings of Joseph Smith are no more “the word of God” than the writings of Muhammed in the koran…..whose to say whose “outside the bible” writings are correct ?? Can you really call the “book of mormon” superior in veracity than the koran? Especially since both conflict with the Old and New Testaments as mentioned as “true” in point #3 above.

    Satan is called the father of lies and he will use what ever “religion” necessary so that people won’t become saved by becoming “born again” as stated by Jesus himself. If the flavor some one needs is an “American Centric” false religion known as mormonism then so be it. If worshiping trees as a secular humanist will keep you from Christ, GREAT. Thats how Satan thinks….

    But simply stating that a religion started a scant 180 years ago (which is not much older than the jehovah witness cult) is the “true form” of Christianity does not make it so!

    If mormonism, or any other “religion” conflicts with what is taught in the Old and New Testament then throw it away as simply another LIE from the devil…..

    I would love to hear your answers to the questions I posed above-Especialliy about “moroni” (who to me is not more real than Xenu which is the ‘alien overlord’ god of scientology) and I look forward to seeing you give these answers…..

  4. Thanks for your kind words! Also thanks for letting us know, I’ve corrected this now.

  5. Your list is surprisingly correct. Most lists about the Mormons sadly are dripping with hatred and bigotry. There were a couple of minor errors in your list though… #7 Brigham Young University is in Provo, UT, not Salt Lake City, UT.

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