Although they are technically considered as "Christians" for following the beliefs and teachings of Christ, they are indeed not true Christians, for they have very radical beliefs and teachings compared to those of Christianity. They claim to believe in the Bible but say it can only be trusted if it is "translated" or "interpreted" correctly (very high emphasis added) which therefore indicates that they don't truly believe in it. They believe the Book of Mormon holds more authority than the Bible, although the Bible says that it's the FINAL word of God and is not to be taken away from or added to. Also many of their practices are not even found in the Book of Mormon, most of them are from other doctrines and "revelations" that their mormon prophets claimed to have.
Mormonism teaches that God has not always been God, but through obeying laws and ordinances of the Gospel he was able to progress to deity. Therefore, the god of Mormonism is a changing being. He was once a man, who then became a god. His knowledge, wisdom and power have therefore increased. Mormons believe that all faithful Mormons will progress to become deities (or God's) of their own universes and produce spirit children with their spouse in order to populate their world.
The bible reveals a very distinctive God. The true God does not change (Malachi 3:6) nor does he grow in knowledge (Isaiah 40:13). God is spirit, not an exalted man with flesh and bone (John 4:24; Luke 24:39; Hosea 11:9; Numbers 23:19).
Despite the teachings of Mormonism, men cannot become god's (Isaiah 43:10). Man was created, unlike God, and therefore has not existed from eternity (1 Corinthians 15:46). Mormons cannot compare themselves to Jesus and his preexistence, for they are not deity by nature, as is Jesus who preexisted because he IS God.
*Who should trust in god's who change?
Why trust in a mere man who has become a god? Are you not still trusting in a man?
Mormons believe that there is archaeological evidence supporting the Book of Mormon, when there is in fact NONE whatsoever. No cities unique to the BoM have ever been located, and also the BoM contains no maps which indicate the alleged cities had ever been located.
*If the BoM is a record of REAL history (like the Bible), why hasn't the mormon church published any maps?
This question will often be side-stepped by Mormons. In Moroni (10:4-5) we are instructed to pray about the BoM to find out if its true. Generally the answer expected by Mormon's is a "burning in the bosom" which is a heart-felt emotional experience.
Although we are expected to pray, nowhere does the Bible teach that prayer is a test for truth. We cannot trust the feelings of our hearts (Proverbs 14:12; 28:26; Jeremiah 17:9) nor can we trust every spiritual witness (1 John 4:1-6).
*The witness of the Holy Ghost will NEVER contradict the word he inspired the Bible (2 Peter 1:21). The mormon prophet Joseph Smith and many other mormon prophets have contradicted the Bible numerous times, not too mention they have also contradicted their own BoM!
*In Deuteronomy 18:20-21 we are told that a prophet of God will never have false prophecies and will never teach false god's. It is already apparent that Joseph Smith has taught of false god's, and has also proclaimed several false prophecies. In Doctrine and Covenants sec. 84 Joseph Smith prophesied that the city of New Jerusalem would be erected within HIS generation "in the Western boundaries of the State of Missouri." To this day, the Mormon Church has failed to erect it. This is clearly a false prophecy, therefore, making Joseph Smith a false prophet.
Mormons often refer to 1 Corinthians 15:40-41 as proof that there are different levels of heaven: "There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory." But these verses teaching nothing of the Mormon concept of the three degrees of glory. As a matter of fact, the word "telestial" does not occur anywhere in the Bible.
Although most Mormon's are very nice and have good values, they are very misled. Not to mention they are overly concerned with converting (more members= more tithing = more money for the Mormon Church).
The Mormon Church is indeed a false church, and Joseph Smith is indeed a false prophet.
Joseph Smith: I don't understand parts of the Bible (because I only have a third grade education), so I will change those parts to what I THINK and WANT them to mean! If I ever change my mind or am proved to be a liar, I can just have a revelation which will allow me to change it! My followers and I will call it "Mormonism" or "mormon" for short. Together we will deceive the world and lead millions away from the truth!
97% of the people in Utah.
.003% of the people anywhere else.
These really really nice, clean-living people who believe some pretty weird stuff.
"Well I usually try to be good, but I'm no Mormon"
1. 99% live in Utah.
2. Napoleon Dynamite is their hero.
3. believe green jello is a sacred food.
4. have 28045345.5 kids.
5. use slang curse words: oh my ____ (heck, gosh, fetch...)
6. pretty much have the hottest girls around...
Oh my gosh are the Smiths mormons?! We better have a party so they can bring some frickin' sweet green jello!...
The slang term used to refer to members of the LDS religion.
I gave the nice Mormon missionaries cookies, and then told them to go away.
A very nice, generous, misunderstood group of non-gay, mostly white people. They don't practice polygamy or have multiple wives except after death where men can have as many wives as they want. They try to do the best they can in life. They're not perfect and don't think they're perfect unless but they do think they are better than non-Mormons. They strive to work hard and get through life without much trouble. They don't put down other religions, at least not to your face. They don't think you'll go to hell unless you're gay or you're in a different religion. They believe everyone has a chance to have eternal salvation, except the gays, and that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate beings, and that Christ created the Earth for straight Mormons only. They think they're Christian. They don't think Joseph Smith (the translator of the book of Mormon) is a god, just equal with Jesus. They also believe he is a prophet of God. They aren't here to overtake the world, even though their doctrine says they are. They try to allow everyone who would like to hear about their church to hear about it. And they also try to allow everyone who would NOT like to hear about it, hear about it as well. They understand that it's your choice to join or not and they don't force it upon you. However, they'll force you to join once you're dead so why fight it now? I know these things are true and I say them in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.more...
People who believe in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; also (less accurately) known as the Mormon religion. Being Christian, (for they believe in and accept Christ as their Savior, and also strive to live a Christ-centered and Christ-like life), they also believe that Jesus Christ is what the Bible says He is: the son of God the Father. They do not believe in the Trinity, but rather the Godhead: that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are physically seperate but one in purpose. Many Mormons live in Utah, but the religion is practiced throughout the world. They believe in the Bible and also the Book of Mormon. They believe that the church of Jesus Christ (the same church/religion that Christ established when He came to this world) was restored to its fullness by Joseph Smith through the power of God for the preparation of the Second Coming of Christ.
Mormons are people too, yo.
Apparently a very misunderstood religion. Lets get the easy stuff out of the way first: "Mormon" becasuse they have ANOTHER TESTAMENT of JC titled "The Book of Mormon"; they only people practicing polygamy are "fundementalist Mormons" who are not associated with the Mormon Religion at all (Mormons are not polygamists); Actual name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, LDS for short; and last of all not all of them wear name tags or ride bikes.more...
Now Joseph Smith (founder) is believed to be a prophet, like moses or ezikiel. He is not worshiped only respected. They still have a prophet to day, who serves until he dies and then the next in line is chosen. He is believed to have been guided by a prophet from the past to a set of golden plates hidden in the woods of new york 100s of years ago. He excavated them, translated them and found them to COMPLIMENT the Bible not contridict it. And through many periods of Divine instruction formed what him and his followers belived to be the closest religion to what JC had when he was in Israel. The BoM does not contridict the bible except to those who interpret it to do so.
Church. They only go for Three hours each sunday, where they recieve instruction from each other not one assigned preacher. As well as partake of the sacrament, very similar to many other christian religions. During the week each age group has and Activity. (i.e. youth, adults, children) designed to enhance brotherhood and faith...
People who won't stop coming to my doorstep to tell me the good news.
*I walk to the door... open it, and I am greeted by Mormons.*
MORMON # 1
Hello, I'm Malachi and this is my friend Bob. We're here to tell you the good news!
MORMON # 2
Well sir, we're from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We want to tell you all about the Book of Mormon!
MORMON # 1
Do you mind if we come in, sir?
...I guess so?
-5 hours later-
MORMON # 2
Now that you've been read the complete, unabridged Book of Mormon, how would you like to join our Church?
Oh, no thanks, I've got... agnosticism.