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What Do Mormons Believe?
Mormonism is a religious tradition originally founded by the prophet Joseph Smith in the early 19th century. Smith claimed to have received a divine revelation from God, establishing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and what would become known as the Mormon faith. Today, the Mormon church has over 16 million members in the United States, and is one of the fastest-growing and most influential religious organizations in the world.
Mormons believe in and practice an orthodox Christian faith, though with some distinct differences. They believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, who died for the sins of humankind and rose from the dead, redeeming his followers from the bondage of sin and death. They also believe in the Bible as the word of God, and use the Book of Mormon as their main source of religious teachings. According to the church’s website, Mormons view the Book of Mormon “as a companion to the Bible and as another witness of Jesus Christ.”
In addition to their core beliefs, Mormons also share a number of distinctive practices and ideologies. One of the most notable is their emphasis on chastity and faithfulness to one’s spouse. The church teaches that marriage is a sacred union and that fidelity and chastity are essential to religious life. Mormons also place a strong emphasis on family life, and the church encourages members to remain dedicated to their spouses and children.
Another characteristic of Mormonism is the importance of service to others. Working in the community is an essential part of the faith, and members are encouraged to serve philanthropically, both in their local communities and abroad. The church emphasizes that we should “[l]ove one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12) and considers service to others as one of the highest forms of worship.
Members of the church also focus on living a lifestyle of faithfulness and devotion to divine principles. Mormons are expected to adhere to strict dietary codes, such as not eating any type of pork, and to follow a code of modesty and cleanliness. They are also encouraged to attend religious services regularly and to spend time in prayer and study.
Finally, Mormons believe in the importance of continuing revelation. This means that, like their founding prophet Joseph Smith, they believe in the possibility of receiving divine insight and direction from God. Mormons believe that God continues to speak to individuals, and that these revelations are part of how the church seeks to continue its growth and better serve its members.
Mormonism is a vibrant, dynamic faith, grounded in a core set of beliefs and distinctive practices. These beliefs and practices have given the church a unique purpose in the world, inspiring its members to live meaningful, faithful lives.