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The Mormon religion (Mormonism),

whose followers are known as Mormons

and Latter-day Saints (LDS), was

founded less than two hundred years ago

by a man named Joseph Smith. He

claimed to have received a personal visit

from God the Father and Jesus Christ

(Articles of Faith, p. 35) who told him

that all churches and their creeds were an

abomination (1 Nephi 13:28; Pearl of

Great Price, Joseph Smith – History

1:18, 19). Joseph Smith then set out to

"restore true Christianity" and claimed

his church to be the “only true church on

earth” (Mormon Doctrine, p. 670; 1

Nephi 14:10). The problem with

Mormonism is that it contradicts,

modifies, and expands on the Bible.

Christians do not have a reason to

believe that the Bible is untrue or

inadequate. To truly believe in and trust

God means to believe in His Word, and

all Scripture is inspired by God, which

means it comes from Him (2 Timothy


Mormons believe that there are in fact

four sources of divinely inspired

words—not just one: 1) the Bible “as far

as it is translated correctly” (8th Article

of Faith). Which verses are considered

incorrectly translated is not always made

clear. 2) The Book of Mormon, which

was “translated” by Smith and published

in 1830. Smith claimed it is the “most

correct book” on earth and that a person

can get closer to God by following its






book” (History of the Church 4:461). 3)

Doctrine and Covenants, containing a

collection of modern revelations

regarding the “Church of Jesus Christ as

it has been restored.” 4) The Pearl of the

Great Price, which is considered by

Mormons to “clarify” doctrines and

teachings that were lost from the Bible

(Articles of Faith, pp. 182–185), and

adds its own information about the

earth’s creation.

Mormons believe the following about

God: He has not always been the

Supreme Being of the universe (Mormon

Doctrine, p. 321) but attained that status

through righteous living and persistent

effort (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph

Continued on Page 14

What Is Mormonism, and What Do Mormons Believe?

This article was taken from Got Questions?

Salt Lake Temple, Utah (Mormon church

building in its main city)