What do Mormons Really Believe?

March 5, 2012

While not an actual question someone left in the question box, it is a top entry in Google’s autocomplete for “What do Mormons…”

Mormons really believe in God, our Eternal, Heavenly Father, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer, and in the Holy Ghost, who testifies of both the Father and the Son.

We really believe in the power of the Atonement of Christ in daily life.

We really believe that God still communicates His will to people on earth directly and prophets exist in the same way they did in biblical times to teach God’s will to the people generally.

Besides revelation and prophecy, we really believe in miracles and in the power of God on earth, and that the priesthood, the authority to act in God’s name, has been restored to the earth.

We really believe the true gospel that has been taught since the days of Adam.

We really believe the Bible and the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and that further words from God will be given to us as He deems necessary.

We really believe in being good people and serving our fellow man.

We really believe that by following the commandments, we can live fuller, better lives because they are given by a loving God who has our best interests first.

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4 Responses to “What do Mormons Really Believe?”

  1. Chas Modee

    It is interesting that you are very illusive with words like “We really believe the true gospel that has been taught since the days of Adam.”  What you really mean to say is that you believe in the true version of the Holy Bible, but not the one that is used by the Christian Church.  isn’t it true that Mormons believe that the Holy Bible is flawed and unreliable but that the Book of Mormon is perfect and therefore overrides the Holy Bible.  Mormons are taught that they are Christians but Christians have no rela evidence of that based on what is in the Book of Mormon.  From the Christian perspective, the Mormon Christ is a different thing altogether.  Your words above attempt to convince that you believe what Christians believe, but you don’t.  Christians do not believe that God was a man or that men can become Gods.  We believe that Christ was God in human form but that he was the one and only God, no different than the Father.  We also don’t believe that a book, written by an American, that plagiarized the King James Bible, trumps the Holy Bible.

  2. Bret

    I should hope that we believe in the true version of the Bible, which I take to mean to be the words as they were written originally by each of the Bible’s many authors. It’s a well known fact that there are many different versions and translations of the Bible around today, leading to vastly differing opinions on various points, but to say that the Bible is flawed and unreliable is disparaging an excellent collection of works. It is a very important book that I study regularly. Also, the Book of Mormon isn’t perfect; even the its authors admitted to its many flaws, attributing it to their weakness in writing. It is together that they work wonders in teaching us faith and repentance, just as God taught Adam (through angels). More on the Bible here.

    We do believe different things than a lot of other people though, I won’t deny that. Saying we believe in a different Christ is strange to me though. Christ is the God of this world, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He was born of a virgin in Bethlehem and was raised in Nazareth. Where we differ, I suppose, is in the organization of the Godhead, or Trinity. The Father and the Son are one, but not the same being. More on that here.

    And personally, I don’t believe God, the Father, was ever a man like me. He would have been a man like Jesus Christ. Christ said, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19). But because there is very little written on the subject, everything you ever hear about it is pure speculation.

  3. Bus

    Its actually quite easy to find, read, and understand the beliefs of the LDS church.  Being a hierarchical church means that the beliefs are pretty stable.  Of course individuals in the church might emphasize one aspect of the belief more than another and over time the church has focused on different aspects of the gospel, but overall the standard beliefs are what they are.
            When this site gets blasted by an evangelical or born again “Christian” there is an assumption that these Christians all share the same ideas.  That isn’t always the case since their organization(s) are not necessarily connected together one person or congregation might have much different beliefs than another.  I realize that one of the basic ideas they share is the infallibility of the Bible, but as many of our discussions have shown the infallible Bible can be interpreted in many different ways.   Another, apparently shared belief is that they must accept Christ as their personal savior, but as our discussions have shown by taking Christ as our personal savior con-notates that we keep his commandments which requires some effort which brings up the works vs faith issue.
               Perhaps rather than coming on this site blasting away at the supposed problems with the LDS faith, one of these “Christians” could explain their belief system and then ask how the Mormon’s ideas differ?  

  4. Barry

    Jesus is God.
    Jesus is God The Father in a body. The One And Only God.

    Thats a fact. Skewing that fact is demonic.

    Simple as that ..