Quick Facts About
(Investigator 53, 1997 March)
The Mormon religion (Church of
of Latter-day Saints) is one of the most active proselytizing religions
in the world. They claim to be just another Christian denomination. Are
they? This pamphlet has been produced to help you understand what the
church believes. It will clearly reveal that Mormon doctrines are not
from the Bible and, if this is so, that the Mormon religion is not just
another Christian denomination. In fact, it does not resemble biblical
Christianity at all.
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God the Father
- He was once a man as you
- He has both a spirit body
- Both bodies are "like a
man in form."
- His physical body has
- His spirit body (also
more refined kind) dwells wholly within his physical body, and can
be separated from it.
- He is a glorified,
perfected man who
salvation on another world, and progressed by obedience to his own
god, from whom he finally received exaltation. (He was a man who died
was resurrected to become a God.)
- Just as he will always
and we subject to him, so he is subject to his own father god
him (who likewise is subject to his father god, etc. ad infinitum).
- He is not omnipresent,
- His personal name is
- Pertaining to his physical
was not begotten by the Holy Spirit, since the Holy Spirit is a
and distinct God from Heavenly Father.
- Heavenly Father and Mary
body in the same way that we were conceived by our earthly parents. His
personal name in the Old Testament was Jehovah.
The Holy Ghost
- He does not have a
physical body of
bones but he does have a spiritual body in the form and likeness of man.
- He is not omnipresent but
that means) can be every place at the same time.
- The Trinity is God the
and God the Holy Ghost.
- They are three separate
Thus they are one God "in purpose."
- There are an infinite
become a God.
- Prayer should be directed
to God the
through the Son, and to no one else.
- Mormons accept four books
Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of
- The words of the living
as scripture when he is officially acting as prophet on specific issues.
- "We believe the Bible to
be the word
as far as it is translated correctly." (Eighth Article of Faith)
The Book of Mormon
- "Translated" by
Joseph Smith from
plates he found hidden in the Hill Cumorah in the state of New York.
- He "translated"
it by placing
(Urim and Thummim) in a hat and closing the hat around his face. The
translation would appear as illuminated lettering in the bottom of the
hat. (Note this is transcription, not translation.)
- Joseph Smith said
it is "the most
of any book on earth and the keystone of our religion, and a man would
get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."
- The fullness of the gospel
faith, repentance, baptism laying on of hands to receive the Holy Ghost
temple endowments, temple marriage, and obedience to all the
- Heavenly Father’s power is
- All things were created
- Proper priesthood
the LDS church, is necessary to perform the ordinances of the gospel,
preaching the gospel, baptism, confirmation, the sacrament, temple
- Joseph Smith claimed this
to himself and Oliver Cowdery in 1829 by John the Baptist.
- This is a lesser
priesthood than the
- Joseph Smith claimed this
to himself and Oliver Cowdery by Peter, James, and John sometime after
the Aaronic priesthood had been given.
- This is a greater
Three Degrees of
- The highest degree is the
whose inhabitants live in the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus
Within the Celestial Kingdom itself there are three levels. Only in the
highest of these does one become exalted to godhood and enjoy marital
familial relationships for all eternity. Only worthy Mormons married in
the temple can attain this.
- The middle degree is the
They are only visited occasionally by Jesus Christ but not by Heavenly
Father. They do not become gods and are not part of an eternal family.
- The lowest degree is the
They are the ones who rejected the Mormon gospel. They spend time
for their sins in hell. They are visited by the Holy Ghost but not by
Father or Christ.
- There is also a place
This is everlasting punishment reserved for apostate Mormons, Satan and
- It exists in the spirit
of the wicked.
- Hell is eternal, but
- Most who go to hell
are resurrected to live in the lowest of the three levels of
- Baptism is necessary for:
sins, church membership, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost,
and entering the Celestial Kingdom.
- Baptism is by full
immersion and can
performed by one holding the proper priesthood authority.
- Baptism of infants is a
- A "temple recommend" is
- Only Mormons judged worthy
Stake President are given a temple recommend.
- To get a temple recommend,
questions like the following ones: Have you ever violated the law of
without resolving it with the proper priesthood authorities? Do you
the President of the Church as Prophet, Seer, and Revelator?
- Are you a full tithe
not granted unless you’ve paid a full ten percent of your gross income
for at least the past year.)
- Do you keep the Word of
- Are you totally honest in
- Marriage in a Mormon
temple by the
of the Melchizedek priesthood is for time and eternity.
- Families can be together
marriages. Death does not sever the family bonds. If obedient, the
will be reunited as husband, wife, and children after death.
- Temple marriage is
It is the only way to become as Heavenly Father is - able to have
- Temple ordinances and
for exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom.
- Temple work consists of
washings, anointing, receiving a new name, endowment marriages and
for both the dead and the living. All the blessings attendant to these
rites are sealed upon the recipients conditioned upon their continued
unto the end.
- Citing their "sacredness,"
tries (unsuccessfully) to keep the details of all these rites secret,
who experience them are forbidden to speak of them outside the Mormon
- Though originally supposed
by Infallible and unchangeable revelation, the details of these rites
undergone extensive revisions, the latest and possibly most sweeping of
which were made in April, 1990.
- "As man is, God once was;
as God is,
- To attain this requires
and ordinances. To do this you must: be a baptized and confirmed member
of the Mormon church, receive the Holy Ghost, receive the temple
be married for time and all eternity in a Mormon temple, love God and
him, have faith in Jesus Christ, love your neighbor, obey the law of
repent, pay a full tithe, be honest with others, speak truthfully, obey
the Word of Wisdom, perform temple ordinances for dead relatives,
the Sabbath, attend church regularly, teach your family the Mormon
have family and individual prayers every day, honor your parents, teach
the gospel to others, study the scriptures, obey the prophets of the
- "In other words, each
faithfulness, keeping all the e Lords commandments until the end of his
life on earth. (Gospel Principles, p.292, 1988 ed.) This book is an
reference for Mormon doctrine. It is published by the Mormon church
with the copyright held by the Corporation of the President of the
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- The fall is considered a
the right direction."
- It was not a serious sin
necessary step in the plan of life and a great blessing to all
and essential in our progression toward exaltation.
- Adam and Eve’s purpose in
to live on earth was to bring mortality into the world.
- Adam’s sin brought about
death for all mankind. Christ’s atonement overcame physical death and
unconditional resurrection for all mankind. It also provides
to overcome spiritual death. This, however, requires personal effort
obedience to all the laws and ordinances of the Mormon Gospel.
- Christ owed for the sins
and sweating blood in the Garden of Gethsemane. The cross is despised
a murder weapon by most Mormons. Though Christ’s death on the cross is
frequently mentioned in connection with "the Atonement" specific
to bearing of sin or suffering for its punishment is almost always
to Christ’s agony in Gethsemane, seldom to his death on the cross.
recently they have included Christ’s death on the cross as part of the
The First Vision
- Joseph Smith claimed that
was praying in the woods about which church to join, Heavenly Father
Jesus Christ appeared to him.
- He claimed Jesus declared
all of the
of the churches were "an abomination in his sight."
The Great Apostasy
- With the death of the
to creep into the church.
- In short order the church
apostasy, believing many false doctrines and losing some doctrines.
- False doctrines included
is spirit and does not live in a tangible body, and the doctrine of
torment in hell.
- There was no true church
time until Joseph Smith restored it in 1830.
The True Church
- Some marks identifying
church include: revelation, authority from God, church organization,
performed for the dead, spiritual gifts, and the use of Jesus' name in
the church title.
- The only true church today
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- The top office in the
of "the prophet of the church." He is considered to be God’s inspired
whose authority extends over the entire church and the world.
- The prophet will never be
teach the church false doctrine. While acting as prophet his words are
scripture, binding and infallible.
- The presence of a living
distinguishing marks of the true church.
- Mormons uphold all their
(the First Presidency, the Twelve Apostles, the Presidency of the
the First and Second Quorums of Seventy, the Patriarch, and the
Bishopric) as "prophets, seers, and revelators." The authority of the
together as a Quorum, and the authority of all the Seventy together as
a Quorum, are each said to be equal to that held by the Prophet by
In "the order of the Lord," their keys in this respect remain dormant
long as the Prophet is alive.
- At his death the First
and Church leadership devolves upon the next ranking Quorum.
Word of Wisdom
- You should not: drink wine
(meaning alcohol), smoke, use chewing tobacco, drink "hot drinks"
coffee, tea, caffeinated drinks), or take drugs except as necessary
- You can eat: fruits,
(sparingly and only in winter, cold, or famine), fish, and grains.
The Law of Chastity
- Breaking the law of
chastity is next
- People may be
law of chastity.
- Everyone is literally a
of God the Father.
- We had a conscious
children before coming to earth.
- We could not progress on to
if we had remained in heaven forever. We needed a physical body in
to progress towards exaltation.