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    Introduction to Mormonism

    Post by Susan on Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:44 pm

    Mormonism

    Introduction

    Mormonism consists of two main groups:


    • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


    • Community of Christ (Formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of LDS)


    Mormons are to maintain the health of their bodies and are to avoid stimulants such as alcohol and caffine.

    All temple Mormons are required to tithe 10% of their income.

    The head of the Mormon Church is the First President, or "Prophet" followed by:


    • The Council of Twelve Apostles


    • The First Quorum of Seventy


    • The Second Quorum of Seventy


    • The Presiding Bishopric


    • The Patriarch of the Church



    The Church divides administration into stakes and wards


    • Each ward has a  Bishop and two counselors


    • Stakes contain consolidated wards-supervised by a Stake President, two counselors and 12 high priests

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    Re: Introduction to Mormonism

    Post by Susan on Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:11 pm

    Early History

    Joseph Smith founded Mormonism


    • Born in Sharon, Vermont on December23, 1805


    • His father, a known mystic, often hunted for hidden treasures


    • Smith, himself, used seer stones and other occult practices to hunt for hidden treasure


    Smith claimed that in 1820 both Father and Son appeared to him in the woods


    • According to Smith, the two told him that had chosen him to restore true Christianity


    • The restoration was necessary because true Christianity fell into apostasy after the death of the apostles


    Smith claimed that in 1823, the angel, Maroni, appeared at his bedside


    • The angel commissioned Smith to find golden plates which were buried


    • Smith claimed to find golden plated in 1827


    • Smith began to translate the plates, which he claimed were written in reformed Egyptian (NOTE: There is no evidence of a reformed Egyptian language)


    • Smith translated the plates behind a curtain and those on the opposite side transcribed


    • The translation became known as the Book of Mormon


    (Note:  The plates were never seen by anyone other than Smith. The Book of Mormon has been updated many times in order to remove errors or contradictions, as the reigning "Prophet" made changes to the beliefs of the Mormon Church.)

    In 1830, the majority of the Mormon Church moved to Kirtland, Ohio


    • Once in Ohio, Smith and his followers moved into Missouri


    • Smith purchased 63 acres and declared the spot to be the site of the future temple


    • During his time in Ohio and Missouri,  Smith claimed to receive at least 135 different revelations from GOD-including the practice of polygamy


    • Mormon president Wilford Woodruff officially abolished polygamy in 1890


    Those acquainted with Smith in New York believed Smith, and his family, to be liars


    • The residents stated that the Smiths lacked moral character, and were famous for digging for hidden treasure


    Smith led the church to build and develop the town of Nauvoo, Illinois


    • In 1844, Smith and his brother were arrested for damaging the offices of The Nauvoo Expositor, an anti-Mormon newspaper


    • While in jail, a mob killed Smith and his brother


    Brigham Young followed Smith as a leader of the Mormon Church


    • In 1847, Young led the church to leave Illinois and travel west


    • He claimed, "This is the spot," upon reaching the Great Salt Lake


    • The next year, in 1848, a large group of seagulls saved the Mormon crops from a swarm of locust


    • Young and the church viewed this as confirmation of God's blessings

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    Re: Introduction to Mormonism

    Post by Susan on Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:25 pm

    The Book of Mormon

    Mormonism contains several sacred books: The King James Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine of Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price

    The Book of Mormon, published in 1830, tells a fictitious story of two ancient American civilizations


    • The Jaredites immigrated to the American continent after the tower of Babel


    • According the to the book, GOD destroyed the Jaredites because of their corruption


    • The second group traveled to the Americas about 600 B.C. from Jerusalem


    • Once in America, the groups divided into two factions, the Nephites and the Lamanites


    • The Laminites later became known as Native Americans


    • Mormonism claimed the color of Native Americans skin to be a curse from God


    • According to The Book of Mormon, Jesus appears to the Nephites and preached the gospel


    • The Laminites, however, defeated the Nephites and destroyed their civilization in a battle near the hill,Cumorah, in 421  A.D.


    • Smith claimed the location of the golden plates as a location of Cumorah


    • No archeological evidence has ever been found to verify the Mormon history


    • The book contains many errors and often plagerizes The King James Version


    • Much of the background story of The Book of Mormon finds its basis in a novel written by Solomon Spaulding in the early 1800's

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    Re: Introduction to Mormonism

    Post by Susan on Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:50 pm

    Core Beliefs

    The Mormon Doctrine of God


    • Mormons reject the Trinity


    • Father, Son and Spirit are viewed as distinct persons


    • God the Father has a physical body


    • Joseph Smith said, "God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!...He was once a man like us."


    • Mormonism holds to plurality of gods


    • "In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people in it (Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith)


    • "Remember that God, our heavenly Father, was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we ourselves, and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome, until]He has arrived at the point where He is now." (Apostle Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses, 1:123)


    • "When our father, Adam, came into the Garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him." (Brigham Young)


    Mormon Doctrine of Christ


    • The birth of Christ resulted from the sexual union of the Father and Mary


    • "The birth of the Savior was as natural as are the births of our children; it was a result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood-was begotten of his Father, as we are of our fathers." (Brigham Young)


    • Jesus was married to both Mary and Martha


    • Christ's death guarantees that everyone will be resurrected-or "saved by grace"


    • The blood of Christ only pays for some sin, not all


    The Mormon Doctrine of the Church


    • After the death of the apostles, the Church fell into apostasy until 1830


    • The true church was reestablished with the restoration of two priesthoods-the priesthood of Aaron and the priesthood of Mechizedek


    • Baptism is necessary for salvation, with Mormons practicing baptism for the dead


    The Mormon Doctrine of Last Things


    • Mormons believe that at the return of Christ the Jews will be gathered in Palestine and they (The Mormons) will be gathered in Missouri


    • Only the new and old Jerusalem will escape punishment


    • All people will be resurrected and will live in one of three heavens


    • Telestial Heaven is made up of the lost


    • Terrestrial Heaven is made up of non-Mormon Christians, back-sliding Mormons and the sincere adherents of other religions


    • Celestial Heaven, the highest heaven, is itself divided into three parts

    1. The highest part is godhood

    2. If godhood is achieved, the person will be a god on another planet and rule

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