What is Mormonism? What Do Mormon’s Believe?

The Mormon religion (Mormonism), whose followers are known as Mormons and Latter Day Saints (LDS), was founded less than two hundred years ago by a man named Joseph Smith. He claimed to have received a personal visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ who told him that all churches and their creeds were an abomination. Joseph Smith then set out to begin a brand-new religion that claims to be the “only true church on earth.” The problem with Mormonism is that it contradicts, modifies, and expands on the Bible. Christians have no reason to believe that the Bible is not true and adequate. To truly believe in and trust God means to believe in His Word, and all Scripture is inspired by God, which means it comes from Him (2 Timothy 3:16).

Mormons believe that there are in fact four sources of divinely inspired words, not just one: 1) The Bible “as far as it is translated correctly.” Which verses are considered incorrectly translated is not always made clear. 2) The Book of Mormon, which was “translated” by Smith and published in 1830. Smith claimed it is the “most correct book” on earth and that a person can get closer to God by following its precepts “than by any other book.” 3) The Doctrine and Covenants, containing a collection of modern revelations regarding the “Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored.” 4) The Pearl of the Great Price, which is considered by Mormons to “clarify” doctrines and teachings that were lost from the Bible and adds its own information about the earth’s creation.

Mormons believe the following about God: He has not always been the Supreme Being of the universe, but attained that status through righteous living and persistent effort. They believe God the Father has a “body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s.”Though abandoned by modern Mormon leaders, Brigham Young taught that Adam actually was God and the father of Jesus Christ. In contrast, Christians know this about God: there is only one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6-8), He always has existed and always will exist (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; 1 Timothy 1:17), and He was not created but is the Creator (Genesis 1; Psalm 24:1; Isaiah 37:16). He is perfect, and no one else is equal to Him (Psalm 86:8; Isaiah 40:25). God the Father is not a man, nor was He ever (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Hosea 11:9). He is Spirit (John 4:24), and Spirit is not made of flesh and bone (Luke 24:39).

Mormons believe that there are different levels or kingdoms in the afterlife: the celestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, the telestial kingdom, and outer darkness. Where mankind will end up depends on what they believe and do in this life. In contrast, the Bible tells us that after death, we go to heaven or hell based on whether or not we had faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. To be absent from our bodies means, as believers, we are with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). Unbelievers are sent to hell or the place of the dead (Luke 16:22-23). When Jesus comes the second time, we will receive new bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). There will be a new heaven and new earth for believers (Revelation 21:1), and unbelievers will be thrown into an everlasting lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). There is no second chance for redemption after death (Hebrews 9:27).

Mormon leaders have taught that Jesus’ incarnation was the result of a physical relationship between God the Father and Mary. Mormons believe Jesus is a god, but that any human can also become a god. Mormonism teaches that salvation can be earned by a combination of faith and good works. Contrary to this, Christians historically have taught that no one can achieve the status of God—only He is holy (1 Samuel 2:2). We can only be made holy in God’s sight through faith in Him (1 Corinthians 1:2). Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), is the only one ever to have lived a sinless, blameless life, and now has the highest place of honor in heaven (Hebrews 7:26). Jesus and God are one in essence, Jesus being the only One existing before physical birth (John 1:1-8; 8:56). Jesus gave Himself to us as a sacrifice, God raised Him from the dead, and one day everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:6-11). Jesus tells us it is impossible to get to heaven by our own works and that only by faith in Him is it possible (Matthew 19:26). We all deserve eternal punishment for our sins, but God’s infinite love and grace have allowed us a way out. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Clearly, there is only one way to receive salvation and that is to know God and His Son, Jesus (John 17:3). It is not done by works, but by faith (Romans 1:17; 3:28). We can receive this gift no matter who we are or what we have done (Romans 3:22). “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Although Mormons are usually friendly, loving, and kind people, they are deceived by a false religion that distorts the nature of God, the Person of Jesus Christ, and the means of salvation.

–imspeakingthetruth

6 thoughts on “What is Mormonism? What Do Mormon’s Believe?

  1. Kwa wale wasio jua imani ya mormon mimi nataka nitaje mambo mawili tu:

    Kwanza mwanzilishi wa imani hii ni Joseph Smith. Anadai mwanzo kuwa akiwa kwenye pango fulani alitokewa na maliaka aitwae Moroni. Huyu Malaika alimpa joseph Smith mapande ya dhahabu yalyokuwa na maandiko matakatifu wanayoyatumia wao.

    Kwa wale wasiofahamu ni kwamba Mormon wanatumia biblia yao tofauti na sisi wakristo wengine wa kiprotestant/Penteoste.

    Wao wanaamini kwamba wanadamu siyo wana wa Mungu. Ila mtu anaweza kuwa mwana wa Mungu kwa kuzaa watoto wengi. Unavyozaa watoto wengi zaidi ndyo unaweza ukafkia kiwango cha kuwa Mungu.

    Ndio maana walikuwa wanapenda mitala na wanaruhusu kuoa wake wengi. Lengo likiwa ni kuzaa watoto wengi. Pia wana tabia kule kwenye maakao yao makuu Jimbo la UTAH, Marekani kwenye mji wa SALT LAKE. Wanahulka ya kuoa watoto wadogo yaani wasichana wa miaka 13 au 14. Lengo likiwa ni kuanza kuzaa mapema na kuendelea kuzaa kwa muda mrefu.

    Moja ya Imani za ajabu za hawa jamaa ni kuwa WALIKUWA WANAAMINI KUWA WATU WEUSI (BLACK PEOPLE) NI WALE MALAIKA WALIOTUPWA KUTOKA MBINGUNI PAMOJA NA LUCIFER.

    Kwa muda mrefu watu weusi walikuwa hawaruhusiwi kujiunga na kanisa hili. Mpaka lile tamko la rais wa marekani la kuwaweka watu weusi huru lililotana na wanaharakati wa Marekani weusi kushinikiza (Civil Rights Movement) kwa maandamano mbalimbali. Wachungaji kama Martin Luther King Jr. Walipambana kumaliza unyanyasaji wa watu weusi.

    Mara baada ya Rais nadhani Johnson kutangaza azimio la kuwaweka watu weusi huru, huyu Kiongozi wa Kanisa lao akadai amepata maono ya kuwaruhusu watu weusi wajiunge na kanisa lao.

    Kwa hiyo mtu mweusi kujiunga na kanisa hili anashangaza sana

  2. I know them. Only those whose hearts are wrong towards God will be deceived by such type of things. It’s also good to educate cause there are some innocent people outside there. God bless you SG.

  3. BWANA YESU ASIFIWE MSOMAJI,

    Mormonies,hawa jamaa ndiyo wale tulioambiwa watakuja wamevaa mavazi ya kondoo huku ni mbwa mwitu wakali,wanabiblia zao na wana Mtume wao anaitwa Joseph SMITH,usipokuwa makini na kusoma neno hakika utapotea tu. maana mafundisho yao yamejaa upotofu wa BIBLIA,nimewai kusoma biblia zao nikakuta ni kopy and paste ya agano jipya,hata nilipowauliza wausika wakadai book of mormon ni kitabu kilichochelewa kuvumbuliwa tu ila kilikuwepo kabla hata haijaandikwa agano jipya…? kwangu ikawa mtihani nashukuru MUNGU sikuambatanao tena japo kitabu chao ninacho. ukisoma kwenye blog ya marekani inaitwa contender ministry utapata habari nyingi za dini zote feki zinazomkana YESU KRISTO

    Haleluya

  4. Nakumbuka kuona bango la Last Day Saints (au maneno yanayofanana na hayo) katika kanisa fulani pale Morocco, (Dar) ukielekea Mwenge, mita chache tu kutoka mataa, kuna kanisa pale upande wa kushoto! Natumaini ndiyo hapo!

    Asante sana SG kwa kuleta ufafanuzi huu ambao unasaidia kujifunza imani potofu!

  5. For those who don know about this church, these Mormoms officially are called ,
    “” THE EVANGELICAL, APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF CHRIST OF THE VERY VERY LAST DAYS HOLLY SAINTS “”

    They have unique and very sounding / convincing identical name in such a way that even if somebody is not willing to accept there doctrines unforced he will.

    Thax!

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