What Do Mormons believe?
Just as rumors about Mormon polygamy have continued to exist, rumors and myths about Mormon beliefs continue to persist, as well. To help you understand more about why Mormons practiced polygamy and why they build temples and marry for eternity, this section discusses many of the basic beliefs of Mormonism.
The most fundamental and important belief of Mormonism is a belief in God as the Creator of the world and the Father of all mankind. Jesus Christ is the Lord and the Savior of everyone who has, does now, or will live upon the face of the earth. Jesus Christ, in Mormon doctrine, was the only perfect being who ever lived. He is God, the Son, and only through His Atoning sacrifice can we overcome our sins and be saved in the Kingdom of Heaven.
God reveals His plan and His truth to prophets. Prophets are righteous men chosen by God to be witnesses. They teach and testify of Jesus Christ and lead God’s people here on earth. Only by following God’s living prophet can we truly follow Christ. God gives these men the priesthood authority to perform ordinances. Without this authority, ordinances like baptism cannot be sealed on earth and in heaven.
God’s plan for mankind is called the Plan of Salvation by Mormons, and its purpose is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). This plan includes our permortal existence as spirit children of God, followed by our coming to earth to gain a physical body and earthly experience. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, all mankind can be forgiven of their sins and return to live with God again. Those who are faithful can live as families forever in the Celestial Kingdom. In our earthly life, we are to accept and follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which involves faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.
- Faith on the Lord Jesus Christ
- Baptism by Immersion
- Gift of the Holy Ghost
- Endure to the End
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