What Mormons Are About

August 7, 2010

Jesus Christ organized a Church; men changed it, and it has been re-established.

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4 Responses to “What Mormons Are About”

  1. Marc

    Just like how the book of Mormon was translated and published in 1830 – Edited and released many times over the years – And will again be restored to the 1830 version. Purity over perfection/alterations!

  2. Thaddeus

    Marc, what specific alterations are you excited to see back in print?

  3. Phillip

    To Whom It May Concern,

    The first (the only) line up there says: “Jesus Christ organized a Church; men changed it, and it has been re-established.”

    Why is it that Mormons believe that their church is the “established Church of God.” What authority do you get this from? Just a question I would like to pose to someone willing to answer it.

  4. Excellent question, Phillip! (And thanks for moving off the Hell post, it was getting crowded over there)

    Ben wrote an excellent article a while back called Joseph Smith and Authority, so check that out. I’ll give you a cliff’s notes version:

    First, the authority to preach the gospel and perform ordinances such as baptism and bless communion comes from God. He gave this authority (called Priesthood) anciently to His apostles and established His Church on their shoulders. Over time those with authority were killed off and the flock was left without a legitimate shepherd. Doctrines drifted. Martin Luther and other reformers recognized this disconnection from God and did what they could, but they couldn’t claim to have the Lord’s Priesthood any more than the Church leaders of their day.

    Eventually God chose a humble farm boy to become His new prophet, the first in many centuries. He appeared with Christ to Joseph Smith. In subsequent visitations, the resurrected John the Baptist laid hands on Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to restore the Aaronic (or Levitical) priesthood. Peter, James, and John also came to them and restored the Melchizedek Priesthood, or the higher priesthood.

    With this restored priesthood, they were not simply preachers with new ideas. They were apostles of Jesus Christ. The original Church was restored and it has been their mission (as it is our mission on this website) to tell the world the authority is back!

    Of course, it isn’t a simple matter of telling people. There is resistance, and it’s understandable. The Lord provided the Book of Mormon, as a second witness of Jesus Christ (next to the Bible) and as a testament of Joseph’s divine calling. If you read that with an open heart and ask God if it’s true, he will tell you by the power of the Holy Ghost. That is how you can know whether our claims to authority are real. Will you read the Book of Mormon, Phillip? And pray about it?