Most people know little about Mormon beliefs and tend to believe rumors and hearsay, even if that “information” is bizarre or negative. There are many myths about Mormons and Mormonism that continue to be believed. Mormons hope people will check their facts before spreading information about Mormonism that could be false.
Mormons are devout Christians who follow the gospel taught by Jesus Christ and His original apostles. The gospel has been fully restored to the earth in preparation for the Second Coming of Christ. The kingdom of God on earth is called The Church of Jesus Christ, and Christ is the author and leader of the Church, giving revelation through His prophet and apostles just as in ancient times. To distinguish the Church in these latter days from the followers in ancient times, the phrase “of Latter-day Saints” has been added to the name of the Church.
Many lost truths have been restored to the earth in the latter-days, as well as lost scripture, and Mormons believe God will continue to reveal more truth and more scripture as we become worthy to receive it.
The Thirteen Articles of Faith
Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the restoration, wrote thirteen articles of faith to answer questions posed by a newspaper reporter. Here they are:
- We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
- We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
- We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinancesof the Gospel.
- 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.
- 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.
- We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
- We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 paradisaical glory.
- 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.
- We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
- 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.