June 24th, 2011
02:11 PM ET

Explain it to me: Mormonism

With two Mormons running for the Republican presidential nomination and a play riffing on the religion tearing up Broadway, the country appears to be having a Mormon moment.

Here are 10 facts about Mormonism. What other questions do you have about the faith?

1. The official name of the Mormon church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

2. Mormons consider themselves Christian but their beliefs and practices differ from traditional Christianity in key ways, including belief in sacred texts outside the Bible and practices like posthumous proxy baptism and wearing special undergarments.

3. There are about 14 million Mormons today, with more than half living outside the United States.

4.  The Mormon religion was founded in upstate New York in 1830, when Joseph Smith published a translation of writings he said he found and translated from Egyptian-style hieroglyphics into English.  That's the Book of Mormon, which believers say consists of writings produced by ancient American civilizations.

5. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has outlawed polygamy since 1890.

6. Early Mormons faced intense persecution, so church headquarters relocated from New York to Missouri to Illinois in rapid succession. Joseph Smith was killed by a mob in Illinois. His successor, Brigham Young, led early Mormons to the Great Salt Lake in what's now Utah, where church headquarters remains.

7. Mormon men are expected to perform two years of missionary work beginning when they're 19 years old. Women can also do missionary work when they turn 21, but there is less pressure to do so.

8. Famous Mormons include J.W. Marriott, founder of the hotel chain, Glenn Beck and Gladys Knight, a convert.

9. Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney represent different generations of Mormonism that have related pretty differently to American culture.

10. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is running some major ad campaigns to take advantage of burgeoning interest in the religion.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Mormonism

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  1. Nate

    I am a Mormon and I have a blog dedicated to clearing up the misconceptions about the Gospel of Jesus Christ taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Please feel free to visit it.


    June 27, 2011 at 2:19 am |
  2. Lance

    If you'd like to know more about the Mormons, you might be interested in the fact that Mormon men can have multiple wives in the afterlife.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • Brian

      Theoretically, but then Mormonism teaches that everyone will be in a familial unit that they choose. No one will be in a position that they are uncomfortable with. God is a just and merciful God.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  3. Force The Issue

    The Liberal mind is undisciplined and unteachable.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:05 am |
    • Lance

      The religious mind is so open that you can crap in it without ever needing to flush.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • Jordan

      I second that

      June 27, 2011 at 2:08 am |
    • I'm LDS

      Love one another

      June 27, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • Lance

      By this shall men know
      You are my disciples
      If you have love
      One to another

      So why are Mormons so opposed to gay relationships?

      June 27, 2011 at 2:14 am |
    • Brian

      They don't care about gay relationships one way or another. They just don't want to be forced to have their religious sacrament altered to fit "civil rights" requirements. With New York, the law explicitly states that private groups and particular religions are exempt from civil action. The LDS Church never tried to stop that law. California had no such provision.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:08 am |
  4. Johnny

    If the world hates you, remember it hated me first...

    June 27, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Lance

      You Johnny? The entire world hated you first? Well, this is the belief blog so I guess I'll just go with it and believe.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • Ian

      Your sarcasm will be your downfall

      June 27, 2011 at 2:06 am |
    • Lance

      @Ian, Your lack of punctuation at the the end of your sentences is yours.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:08 am |
    • Lancelot

      Your usage of linking verb was confusing.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • Lance

      I'm sorry Lancelot. Like most believers, you're easily confused.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • I_get_it


      I wouldn't call it 'hate'. Do you hate someone who thinks that he is Napoleon? Do you hate someone who you see leaping down the street so as not to step on a crack and thereby break his mother's back?

      June 27, 2011 at 2:42 am |
  5. Hal

    Being a Christian myself, I'm embarrassed to see so many so called "Christians" doing the devils work and peddling hate, fear, ignorance, and pride. You're pathetic and should repent in sackcloth and ashes. Only one is good and he is God, the rest of us ALL are sinners. Stop your childish bantering. Mormon's are as Christian as anybody and deep down inside you know it.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:55 am |
    • Lance

      Hal, do you mean to say that no one is good except God?

      June 27, 2011 at 2:01 am |
  6. Jordan

    The anti-mormons are out in number tonight – Spreading hate and lies. CNN seems to have become the congregation hall for the worst humankind has to offer. I'm heading over to FOX news where I'm confident to get a fair and balanced explanation into Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or any other world religion.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • Harry Hippobottomus

      Yeah, head over to Fox for the fair and balanced explanation of Islam . . . HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

      June 27, 2011 at 1:54 am |
    • Lance

      Oh don't go to FOX news jorgath, that's hell on earth!

      June 27, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • Jordan

      No, having a conversation with you is worse than Hell. Goodnight!

      June 27, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • Lance

      G'night jorgath! Thanks for all the honesty.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:10 am |
    • Jogarth

      G'night Satan

      June 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  7. Mormons-Are Christians

    Hello Everyone, it seems that there seems to be alot of Media attention these days regarding Mormonism.But One who is dilgently and sincerely searching for truth must seperate the Facts from Fiction and Mis-conceptions regarding the Mormon Faith.

    What is then the Definition of a Christian then??? Someone tell me??? It is those who Believe in Christ.That's it, no two ways about it.Truth in it's simple form and yet there seems to be those that say that Mormons are not Christians which is absurd,Who do we as Mormons worship then, an Ape??? Nope just Jesus Christ the Same one found in The Holy Bible.

    Another belief of Mormonism is that We are able to become as God and have our own Planets so on and so forth.For some people out there I can understand that this is a bit out there but I would like you all to think about this for a minute. Paul the Apostle Teaches us that We are the "Children of God" (See Romans 8:16). He then goes on to say in the next verse that "We are joint Heirs of God and Christ" (See Romans 8:17).

    That then being the case is that we are all Sons and Daughters of Deity an Almighty King who is God which then makes all of us Heirs.Thats Right and Heirs inherit Power,Kingdoms so on and so Forth.Wouldn't it be then Rightfull and Logical for God who is Our Father and Almighty King to bestow all these things on us His Heirs to His Kingdoms to His Faithfull Children??? Surley he will do so as he Promised through his begotten Son Jesus The Christ when he said of the "Many Manisions" 🙂

    June 27, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Lance

      We've actually got a Mormon admitting that they get their own planet in the afterlife. FINALLY... The honesty is refreshing. I assume this to also be an indirect admission that the Mormon god has his own planet, perhaps orbiting a star called Kolob?

      Now let's talk about polygamy in Mormon heaven. Since you seem to be more honest and direct than most Mormons visiting this site, what is your take on the fact that your church teaches that Mormon men can practice polygamy in the afterlife?

      June 27, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Jordan

      Way to stand up for your beliefs "Mormons-Are Christians". Lance and his minions are a small band of anti-good. They only seek to spread hate, lies,and discord. It's obvious who their master is. Lance an imps don't speak for Christians or Christianity, they only speak for themselves.

      June 27, 2011 at 1:39 am |
    • Lance

      Hi Jordan! All personal slander aside, what is your position on the fact that the Mormon church teaches that its men can have multiple wives in heaven? Is it true or am I wrong on this point? What's your take?

      June 27, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • jorgath

      Of course not. Lance is arguing the atheist position but is doing so in an effort to demonstrate his perception that the Mormon religion is more ridiculous than he perceives most religions to be.

      Frankly, I can't say I disagree with him, except that I'm a deist/pantheist, not an atheist.

      June 27, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • jorgath

      That last by me was to Jordan.

      June 27, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  8. Play

    Ok Dolores if you say so. I'm not Mormon, my neighbor is so while I know a lot about their region, I don't study it in great detail. I'm not sure how your comment is relevant though. As far as I know this wasn't a discussion of their deep doctrine but a very basic overview of their beliefs. While your comment is um...interesting, it only shows it is different from other Christians which isn't the same as not being christian. I shoot pool next door several times a week and I can say without a doubt they are totally christian inside and out. Far more than almost anyone I have ever seen going so far as to have pictures of Jesus all over their home and blessing every meal in his name. They try to live by his example and love everyone and keep his commandments to the best of their understanding. Honestly people, I find it embarrassing that the only nice and "christlike" people in this forum are the Mormons professing their beliefs and trying to help people understand amid all the ridicule. I gotta say it is weird taking up for them cuz i dont at all believe in their faith but they are damn good people.

    June 27, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • Play

      opps, this should have been below

      June 27, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • Lance

      If you mean you've noticed how the Mormons posting on the forum downplay, dismiss and avoid criticism of their religion while subtly denigrating those offering that criticism, you're correct!

      June 27, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • Mormons-Are Christians

      Thankyou Brother Play for Respecting and understanding Our Beliefs even though You are not of the Mormon Faith.For Once some has Spoken Truth here so Far as I can See 🙂

      June 27, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  9. Absolutely

    The Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true.

    June 27, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • 6 Billion Wrong

      With well over 6 billing people in the world and your "only true church" boosting 14 million membership? That's less than 1% of the population. It appears God's true church has failed yet again. Perhaps God will try again for the 3rd time to restore the wonderful, and divinely inspired "law of consecration".

      June 27, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • Absolutely

      Read Gen. 18:32 that you maybe enlighten that God doesn't need the lion share to save mankind.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:18 am |
    • Lancelot

      We are the chosen few.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:25 am |
    • News Flash

      I am the chosen one.

      June 27, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  10. Play

    Ultimately we are electing a man and not a church. try looking at both men's extensive body of work in public service and make a decision on that. Before anyone says we are electing both try looking at our current president and the idiot pastor he listens too. While i dislike Obama, he obviously does not hate white people like his pastor does....church and state are separate for a reason.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
    • Lance

      While I agree with you that church and state should be kept separate, one should not trust that individuals will respect that distinction–especially those with political power. Religion and power are a potentially dangerous mix, always. I can't possibly ignore a person's religion when they're running for high political office–nor should I. The idea of separation of church and state is not that voters should ignore a candidate's religious delusions. Remember that the original Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith, ran for President of the United States. Imagine what he had planned for the country. Also, keep in mind that while many believers pay obligatory lip service to the idea of separation, an awful lot of them really think that a theocracy is just what God wants for the United States.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Play

      True Lance but both have shown they really believe it in their actions as governors. I don't remember the details and don't really feel like looking it up since we are not solving world peace here but as an example, Huntsman passed some pro-gay legislation in Utah which the church is obviously against because he felt they deserved that particular equality. I feel comfortable knowing either can think for themselves and make good decisions. Besides, we need a president that actually has a resume at running successful business. The current one as a high school pot smokin liberal that never held a real job worth mentioning not to mention even finishing his first term in the Senate and we elected this joker.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • LRT

      I think that with this religion, it would be very difficult for the person in power to separate church from state. That's what scares me. Otherwise, let people practice whatever religion they want.

      June 27, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  11. Lance

    "I believe"

    That's faith. It doesn't matter whether it's Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, or Scientologist. It's all equally baseless and wacky. Faith is really just professing belief in something absurd.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
    • jorgath

      I believe that I have a physical body and that my physical senses provide reasonably accurate data to my mind.

      I cannot prove this without resorting to Descartes, who resorts to God.

      All I can prove is that I, a thinking thing, exist.

      June 27, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • kevin

      like global warming

      June 27, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Lance

      No, you don't just believe those things. You have accurate and consistent evidence to support them. If your eyes tell you there's a wall there, try walking through it. Faith is a horse of a completely different color (I believe it in spite of the fact that there's no evidence, or contrary evidence), but you probably already know the distinction.

      June 27, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • Lance

      Hi kevin. I'm sorry, was there a sentence in there somewhere?

      June 27, 2011 at 1:12 am |
  12. Reality

    As we "thu-mp" along with rational thinking, conclusions and reiteration to counter the millennia of false and flawed religious history and theology!!!–––

    They are called the Great Angelic Cons:

    Joe Smith had his Moroni.

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.
    Some added references to "tink-erbells".

    "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Apparently hallu-cinations did not stop with Joe Smith.


    "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."

    Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

    "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."
    And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

    "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

    "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

    "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "


    June 26, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  13. CABarbieQue

    The Bible CLEARLY states that there shall be no other books (i.e. The Book of Mormon) added to it. Do the mormons choose to ignore this fact? If so, then what other facts in the Bible are you ignoring?

    June 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • rigel54

      The New Testament is a loose set of associated, often contradictory stories written well after Jesus and by people who never knew him. Stories were included, others excluded, all multiply revised. The only thing that makes Mormon stories sillier than the older ones is that science and civilization had advanced substantially, and they had opportunity to know better.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • decox1

      Yeah, I'm ignoring the fact that it says it in Deuteronomy (which would make for a pretty thin Bible) and in Reveleation (which certainly wasn't the last book written) and that virtually all of Paul's, Peter's, John's and James's writings were letters, not books. If you're trying to prove Mormonism is flawed, come up with a better argument than this.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:56 am |
    • jorgath

      Furthermore, not only is rigel right, but you're wrong. The canonization of the current books of the Bible is not actually written in the Bible. Depending on whether you're Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox, the list of books in the Bible is either those that one of the later councils (Chalcedon?) established (Orthodox), those that were translated by St. Jerome into Latin (Catholic), or those that Martin Luther declared to be correct based on his reading of St. Augustine (Protestant).

      June 27, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Segev Stormlord

      To clarify further, the references in the Bible to not adding or subtracting from the Word of God does not refer to the Bible as a complete work. It refers, variously, to the PARTICULAR book in the Bible that it is written in, or to the specifics of the message that comprises the Word of God. For instance, if somebody told you, "Yeah, God said there were no gods before Him, but now I think we should also worship Princess Di 'cause she totally died for our sins, too," that would be adding to God's Word in the way that was being spoken of.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  14. Play

    The thing I find interesting here is that America elected Obama who worships at that wackjob of a preacher's church who openly spews hate for white people and other groups. Mormon's love everyone as evidence of them trying to get anyone and everyone into their church. They don't care about color or history and so many are worried about Mormons????? I think ya'll all better be looking at the White House with a little more concern.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Joshua

      Really? Then why do those Mormans sects on the farm never have black women running around in 1860s attire?

      June 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Play

      Somehow I don't think either candidate follow whatever sect you might be referring to since they don't dress in 1860 clothing either. try being relevant instead of being retarded.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • Play

      and for the record, try reading point 8 in the article with special attention to the last person mentioned.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • rigel54

      They do worry about underpants.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Play

      LOL! now that I have no idea about

      June 27, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  15. Holocaust Survivor

    I barely survived Auschwitz, you'r belief gives you the right to baptize all the Jews who perished in the Holocaust due to their religion. Am I correct in my understanding.

    If so, could you please ensure that my name and that of all the holocaust victims and the billions of Chinese and Indian and Asians who have lived and died fine with their beliefs in tact from your posthumous proxy baptism.

    If I can order a Mormon bible from your website, I am sure this request must be enough to stop Jewish and all non-christian's posthumous proxy baptism .


    June 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Zelda

      @H-S-, the world had not many people until 200 years ago. Those who truly did seek truth found Jesus in every si-tu-ation and era. The Judgment will be per-fect-ly fair. Read Revelation 20.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • Magic

      Holocaust Survivor:

      It is a shame that you feel harassed by this notion of theirs. Do not be concerned. Their magic hocus-pocus cannot and will not affect you, anymore than some voodoo incantation or any other superst'itious ritual.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • melsoftballer

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has repeatedly encouraged its members to ONLY do temple work for those to whom they are directly related. Unfortunately, there are still people who think it's "cool" to submit names of famous people or others, and it's impossible to activly patrol those submissions 100%. The leaders of the LDS church have worked extremely hard to keep a good relationship with the Jewish people and with members of all faiths.


      June 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • rigel54

      Actually, Zelda, it was the Rationalists of the 1800s that found the truth, and it has set (some of) us free!

      June 27, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • What a freakshow

      I totally agree with Survivor – it is a very weird and hurtful practice.

      Did you know they baptized Adolf Hitler too? And Heinrich Himmler and Eva Braun. No joke. That's more in line with their racial preferences, so it fits.

      June 27, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • Form Your Own Opinion

      I'm very sorry for what you went through. It truly was a tragedy that was conspired by evil men. I don't believe that anyone on this site can guarantee that no other holocaust victim will be baptized in the temple, but it must be a relative that enters their names to do such a thing. If you do not wish to have baptism by proxy preformed in your name after your death. Put it in your will.

      @What a Freak Show
      I am not racist. My friends are not racist. My family is not racist. One of my very best friends in all the world is a girl that was born in Trinadad, with a Black mother and an Indian father. I have no feelings of hate for other races. We accept all into our churches. We respect all who come to our churches.
      There's a saying within our church, "People are not perfect, but God is."

      June 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Segev Stormlord

      First off, I want to also express my (wholly inadequate) sympathies for your suffering and for the horrible things done by evil men during the holocaust.

      But then I must ask, since you're the first person I've actually seen express this wish on his own behalf (as opposed to some sort of self-proclaimed protectionism for others who do not or cannot speak for themselves)...why does the idea that you might have a proxy baptism performed on your behalf after you die offend you?

      I ask because, well, if Islam or some other sect performed proxy rites on my behalf, I wouldn't really care so long as they didn't insist that I had personally accepted them. The proxy baptisms we perform in our Temples are not binding because we cannot know what the dead will accept. It's like holding out a key to somebody in case they want to unlock a door and come on in. That person isn't required to accept it; the key is just there, now, waiting for them if they want it.

      At worst, we're wrong about how God's plan works, and the gestures of the ordinances for the dead are meaningless. So long as we don't claim that the dead HAVE accepted it, why is this offensive to people? I genuinely do not understand.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  16. DivideByZero

    "5. The Church of Latter-day Saints has outlawed polygamy since 1890."

    Expect it wasn't until 1945 when the LDS Church finally had a prophet that didn't practice polygamy.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Steve

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but that is simply not true. No Mormon prophet has practiced polygamy since 1890 and that's a fact.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • 6 Billion Wrong

      Actually DivideByZero is right. Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith and Heber J. Grant all practiced pologamy after the manfesto.
      Heber J. Grant – Prophet from November 23, 1918 to May 14, 1945 was married to Lucy Stringham, Hulda Augusta Winters and Emily Harris Wells.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • Brian

      Well it;s a bit misleading. Marriages already intact were not dissolved. But if you want to claim that polygamy ended when the last polygamist died, then so be it, But that doesn't change the fact that no living Latter-day Saint is a polygamist.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:17 am |
  17. Zelda

    Doctrines make up a religion. When major doctrines collide, the two religions are incompatiable. Truth is objective and exclusive. Mormons must read the entire Bible on their own instead of choosing to be indoctrinated by humans. You can't reject the plain, doctrinal statements in the Bible or choose to twist them or mix them with myth in the foundational degrees and still claim to follow God(Jesus). Moral, conscious choice is one's own responsibility.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • DivideByZero

      Actually it's people who make up religion.

      June 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Play

      Wow Zelda...tell us how you really feel about Mormons. Given how you are casting stones at them, I can only assume you are not Christian as you claim Mormons are not. I guess in your home Satan rules 🙂

      June 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • Zelda

      @Play: Read the Bible and study religions to say anything that contains least logic.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Play

      I have several times. You are full of hate and we all know who is the author of hate...I'll give you a clue...It ain't the big man upstairs

      June 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • rigel54

      Zelda, the Bible is myth, and has already been twisted.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Brian

      Zelda, it's quote easy to find areas in the Bible which favor over Mormonism. Research the Biblcal use of the term "saint" and see if it falls in line with Salt Lake or Rome.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • Brian

      Please forgive my typos. It's late.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  18. Zelda

    Using the name of Jesus, Mormons trust in their own works in the core. Same as Muslims and not different from any pagan religions.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • rigel54

      Also, and especially, Christianity.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Brian

      Faith without works are dead. We will stand before the bar of Judgement, and be judged according to our works. Salvation can only come through Christ, but we must show Him through covenant and commitment. He said, if ye love me, keey my commandments. We are commanded to do good works. Do not mistake boastful works for true Christlike behavior.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  19. Zelda

    Mormons differ everything from Christianity. Teachings on who God is, on salvation, church, after-life, Satan, angels. Everything. Using the same words, they don't mean anything Biblical.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • Steve

      I am a Mormon and have read the Bible cover to cover many times. I love reading the Bible just as I love reading the Book of Mormon. Your claim that we Mormons don't read or don't believe in the Bible is simply not true. The Bible strengthens my faith in Christ and increases my understanding of who He is.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  20. Andrew

    I'm a Mormon, a Christian, and love Christ with all my heart. You can call me whatever you want, but the relationship I have with God & His son is something you can never take away from me. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. You can receive your own copy by visiting Mormon.org

    He had diligently seeketh, shall find.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • Sigh

      Your testament to your faith was rendered somewhat useless by that shameless plug you tagged on at the end.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Zelda

      Facts are facts regardless of your wishful dreams. Be diligent enough to read the Bible besides your indoctrinating system with taken-out-of-context verses. Laziness is not honored by anyone for all time. If you loved, you'd at least read the whole text because you could do that at least. There's no reason to believe pseudo-christians who claim to be Christian but refuse to go to church weekly. The same thing.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Play

      Zelda did you know all Mormon kids spend 2 years studying the bible in seminary and one year on the Book of Mormon? Yes, one year on the Old Testament and one year on the New Testament. Maybe you should study a little more from sources that actually are relevant to your rant of hate instead of your source who obviously has now clue what Mormons believe of do. Sigh, I've read a lot in this forum and a lot of stupid crap has been said. Andrew's plug for mormon.org i am sure is only an attempt to give people a source of factual information about his faith instead of all the nonsense people like Zelda gives. Get your facts from the source not stupidity. Don't as a Nazi about a Jew. don't ask a grand wizard from the KKK about virtues of black Americans. Don't ask about Mormons from haters and obviously non Christians like Zelda.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • Dolores

      Andrew and Play, I have studied Mormonism extensively using information found on the LDS website 8-10 years ago as my primary source for information. Mormons believe that the Son and the Father are two distinctly different gods while mainline Christians believe in ONE triune God. Mormons also believe there are many different gods outside of Christianity and that God the Father originated from the planet Kolob. In addition, Mormons believe that a man can become god of his own planet if he is good enough while on earth. Very different from mainline Christianity.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • Play

      Ok Dolores if you say so. I'm not Mormon, my neighbor is so while I know a lot about their region, I don't study it in great detail. I'm not sure how your comment is relevant though. As far as I know this wasn't a discussion of their deep doctrine but a very basic overview of their beliefs. While your comment is um...interesting, it only shows it is different from other Christians which isn't the same as not being christian. I shoot pool next door several times a week and I can say without a doubt they are totally christian inside and out. Far more than almost anyone I have ever seen going so far as to have pictures of Jesus all over their home and blessing every meal in his name. They try to live by his example and love everyone and keep his commandments to the best of their understanding. Honestly people, I find it embarrassing that the only nice and "christlike" people in this forum are the Mormons professing their beliefs and trying to help people understand amid all the ridicule. I gotta say it is weird taking up for them cuz i dont at all believe in their faith but they are damn good people.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • jorgath

      Heck, Dolores, I'm no Christian, Deist here, but a question: Do you consider Seventh-Day Adventists, Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox to be Christians? Cause they've got some pretty serious doctrinal differences from your version of Christianity.

      June 27, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • Brian

      Actually Dolores, if you had read the scriptures on LDS.org, you would have found verses both in the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine in Covenants which specifically says that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are ONE GOD. Now, how you define three persons or three beings in ONE GOD is up to you. Mormons do sometimes call each member of the Godhead a God, but the implication is always that God is One.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:26 am |
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