Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Are you curious about Mormons?


Facts
1)“Mormon” is a nickname for those belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other nicknames include “LDS” and “Latter-day Saints”.
2)The church was restored in 1830, in upstate New York by Joseph Smith.
3)The current prophet and president of the church is Thomas S. Monson.
3)Number of members worldwide are about 13,000,000
4)Local churches are led by unpaid, volunteer members
5)Mormons are well-represented in government; 16 Congressmen are Mormons.

Faith
1)Mormons believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost.
2)Mormons consider Christ their personal Savior and example. They worship God in the name of Christ, and Christ is the core of the church.
3)Mormons believe in the eternal nature of the soul.
4)Mormons believe that the original church was lost, but has been restored through modern-day prophets, along with ordinances, temples, and many doctrines and principles important for the salvation of man.
5)Mormons believe in the Bible and Book of Mormon as both testaments of the divinity and mission of Christ.

Families
1)Mormons believe the family to be the basic unit in the church and in society.
2)Mormons are committed to a definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
4)Mormons believe in the principle of chastity – abstention from all sexual contact before marriage and complete fidelity after marriage.
3)The practice of polygamy was limited and has been discontinued since the late 1880s.
4)Families worship together in church.
5)Mormons hold Family Home Evenings weekly to teach their children religious values.
6)Children’s organizations and youth organizations in the church are a support to the family, but don’t substitute for it.
7)Mormons believe in the importance of doing family history to find out about their heritage.
8)The highest ordinances relate to families, both living and dead.

Fruits of the restored gospel - Judge the religion by the results
1)Longer life than the national average
2)Married temple-goers have much lower divorce rate
3)Education level higher than national average
4)70,000 members volunteer to serve at their own expense around the world
5)Strong emphasis on self-reliance and work ethic, service to others, donation to humanitarian causes

If interested in learning more, visit www.mormon.org where you can:
Request a FREE Bible or Book of Mormon
Ask a missionary questions in an online chat
Read more detailed material about Mormon beliefs

(Image credit - Beehive Standard Weekly, beehivestandardweekly.com/authors/4/Emerson-Chase)