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

soundoff (3,741 Responses)
  1. Jarred

    Fact: Mormons believe Native Americans are cursed people who have "red skin" due to God eternally marking them for the sin of driving out the "13th tribe of Jerusalem" from the American continent. In fact, Mormons believe there were Jews living state side before Columbus was even born.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Jarred

      FACT: Joseph Smith was no martyr. Smith had a gun and shot two people when he was attacked by a mob of citizens who were threatened by the Mormon followers trying to set up their own independent nation-state in Illinois complete with their own military and political system. It's funny because I don't remember Christ stabbing or slashing anyone in self-defense when he was attacked by a mob....

      October 9, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • andy

      Blacks weren't allowed into the priesthood until 1978...LDS changed the original book of mormon so as to not be considered a racist organization but more PC. Joseph Smith believed those with dark skin were cursed of God. This is true.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • david

      both of you are wrong. blind with ignorance: fact;

      October 9, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • Jarred

      FACT: The Mormon church is probably the mobile anti-gay force in the county that you never realized was active. Proposition in 8, in California to outlaw gay marriage, was championed by the Mormon church. It was done covertly of course, but the HUGE cash contributions by the church left a paper trail right back to them... anti-discriminatory you say? Not a chance.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Jarred


      FACT: I can back up all this information with factual, empirical evidence available to everyone. Just read a non-Mormon published account of factual history. Read the facts outside the context of the brain-washing church and you'll see for yourself

      October 9, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Jarred

      FACT: No person OTHER THAN Joseph Smith has ever seen the actual book of Mormon. Smith translated the book himself from "seer stones" and had someone else write it all down as Smith "read aloud from the stones" (this was a process of sticking his head into a hat filled with rocks). When Martin Harris (one of the "witnesses" to the golden plates existence), wrote down the ramblings of Smith and brought them home, his wife hid them and said if Smith was actually a prophet reading from a magical book, then he could do it again word for word. Of course Smith couldn't and said that "God was angry" and would only allow Smith to read from another book that was conveniently similar, but not the same as the first one. How convenient for him huh?

      October 9, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • frothiego

      That last part is true. But obviously when you look at history and the timeline. There are a lot of peoples who came before Columbus (who definitely was not the first Euro). There is a great History Channel episode about the Vikings and other peoples.

      October 9, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  2. DmanPhx

    This whole conversation is so ridiculous it makes me weep for society. We have a group that believe they are munching on the thigh and drinking the blood of God every Sunday criticizing another religion because it has kooky practices...seriously? ALL religions are cults that are equivalent to heavy drug use in their ability to disconnect people from reality. Who gave me the right to criticize other people's beliefs? ...ummm logic. Thank you very much.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Douglas Olsen

      Well then...your logic would help you to understand your hypocrisy.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • DmanPhx

      @Douglas Olsen Come on buddy, step it up. Lay some facts on me. How is it hypocrisy to call all religions cults? Do you understand the definition?

      October 9, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  3. BatterUp

    Mormonism is based on a Restoration theology. So, if the bible was corrupted, as Mormons say, then why wasn't THE BIBLE restored to its pristine state? Why go through all the trouble of "restoring" and translating some gold plates from some ancient DEAD language into the Book of Mormon? The New Testament, which was written in Greek, would have been much much easier to translate, as Greek is still a LIVING language. Didn't the LDS Jesus and the LDS Angels have the ability and power to restore the Bible? This is an example of how logic and rationality have to be suspended if you want to become a Mormon.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Lauren

      The Book of Mormon is not a different translation of the Bible. It is a completely different set of scripture written by prophets on the American Continent. You should try reading it. Highly recommended.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • frothiego

      You should definitely take some time to look at the King James Version of the Bible and some of the footnotes. (there are some corrections). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believes the King James version to be the most correct version of the bible. If you were to compare the different versions of the Bibles there are major differences.

      October 9, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  4. Cassandra Chu

    OMG! this country is going to hell in a handbasket. what's next? Jews running for president? LOL! all religion is stupid, cultish.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  5. Doug

    As a devout follower of Jesus Christ, I strive to follow his teachings. I know that my redeemer lives and that he loves me as well as everyone else. He set an example for us that we should pray to our Father in Heaven like he has. He also has set an example for use in the mode and manner of baptism.

    When Jesus was baptized, a voice from heaven stated 'my beloved Son in whom am well pleased'. This was our Heavenly Father. The Holy Ghost was also present as manifested by the presence of a dove, which is a symbol of peace. Jesus tells Nicodemus that men must be born again (John 3). And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Mark 1:11). Three distinct and individual members of the godhead; God the Father; his Son Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost.

    The Apostle Paul in the Book of revelations states, not to add to this book, which he wrote. Interestingly, the Greek meaning of the word "Bible" means many books; however, it is not in chronological order. Deuteronomy also states a similar phrase of not adding to this book, the book of Deuteronomy. Taking the do not add verse of scripture in Deuteronomy literally means everything written after, which includes Revelations, is not allowed thereby making much of the New Testament in error. This is, of course, ridiculous. A common practice in biblical times was to take a writing and add to it. Paul was merely telling others not to add to his writings.

    The Book of Mormon does not add nor does it take away from the Bible; it complements the Bible. If you have not read it and studied it with a sincere desire to know, through prayer to our Heavenly Father, for yourself that it is true, then you'll never know. I encourage you to read the Book of Mormon for yourself.

    I know that it is true. To find out more go to Mormon.org

    October 9, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Jarred

      Why don't you include some of the glaring omissions to Mormom history? Like the fact that Joseph Smith was a fraud and probably a bit of a nut. So let me sum it up: This guy goes digging holes all over his property to find treasure as people didn't trust banks back then and buried their loot. Smith CLAIMED to have found "seer stones" (stones in odd shapes with holes in them). Smith claimed the stones could only be read by him and that they told him of a powerful book also hidden somewhere. Of course ONLY Joe Smith could read the stones and find the book. Of course he wasn't able to take the "golden bible" back to show anyone, so he conveniently translated it word for word by sticking his head into a hat and "reading" the stones aloud for a simpleton, who believed Smith, to write down. Sound crazy so far...it gets even crazier as you go.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • andy

      Doug, which version do you want people to read, the current one? Or the one written by Joseph Smith originally? Many, many differences...and very important ones. I encourage you to read the version Smith wrote when he was alive. The 1981 version is not what Smith wrote or translated, it's been revised and changed...and not just grammatically.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Jarred

      Andy, does it matter which version he's talking about? Their both ludicrous

      October 9, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • HAHA

      You don't KNOW anything of the sort! You BELIEVE in this, but you don't KNOW it. There's a diiference in the definitions! If organized religions would recognize this basic fact, most wars would come to an end.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Not Stupid

      @ Doug,

      How do you "know" that your "redeemer" "lives"?? What kind of evidence (not belief) can you demonstrate to those of us who don't "know" that your "redeemer" "lives" to clearly show this is true and that you're not imagining it?
      What, exactly, did this "voice from heaven" sound like? Was it something that only "believers" could hear (ie; it was in their heads)? Or was it something the entire planet could hear (After all, one would have to assume that a "god" talking about his "son" from some place in the sky would be heard by everyone on the planet. Wouldn't they?)?
      "Doves" are pigeons, basically. Yes, that's right, they're just birds. And birds.. are pretty much everywhere, including the fossil record ..which clearly and irrefutably shows that, in fact, they are what has become of what remains of the dinosaurs that managed to survive mass extinctions, and, due to the effects of millions of years of natural selection and evolution, they managed to change with their ever changing environments and live on as birds.
      Lastly, your exhortations to read and (LOL!!!) study the book of mormon "with a sincere desire to know for yourself that it is true" is the most ridiculous thing you've had to say. With that kind of logic I could ask the same of you with the reading of any work of fiction. You, sir, may be able to convince yourself that 2 + 2 = 5 because you have a small imaginary voice in your head that tells you that it is so, but, most intelligent people will not.

      I refuse to "believe in" mythology that is clearly refuted by the facts that exist in this world.
      And I refuse to remain silent and allow delusional and irrational people to lead others into their delusional and irrational insanity without speaking up.

      Please respond with an in-depth explanation of the planet "Kolob", why mormons wear "magic underwear", the concept that all mormon men will be "gods" and have their own planets after their earthly deaths in order to populate the universe with their "space babies", and, why all of what is said in the book of mormon regarding North America's ancient past has been shown, time and again, to be not only outrageously in error, but also outrageously ridiculous.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  6. Francis

    Very very very weak list...

    October 9, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  7. Erin

    One that that I wonder about after reading some of these comments is why if you want to learn what someone believes you would go to someone else to find out. If I wanted to know what Veritas believes, for example, wouldn't I ask Veritas? This little brief overview is accurate- they did their research.

    People suggest a lot of websites "if you really want to know what Mormons believe." It makes sense to me that if someone was genuinely curious they would go to mormon.org or lds.org.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • Douglas Olsen

      Agreed, that should inform debate. But if a nefarious organization had a website, my guess is that they would not disclose some of their dark secrets on the home page.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  8. TheyRWacko

    google search "Similarities between Islam and Mormonism" 🙂 Nuff said.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • Dan

      With all due respect to your viewpoint, my suggestion would be to learn more about each one of these religions to understand what each truly teaches. In this one statement you seem to be insinuating both Islam and members of The Church of Jesus Christ are terrorists. Perhaps you disagree with the teachings, but that is quite a reach.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  9. tsw

    This list is good at "kinda" explaining the beliefs of Mormons. Where it fails is in the wording and the order of the beliefs. I would like to turn your attention (fellow Americans) to the following "Articles of Faith" that Mormons generally adhere to:

    We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.

    We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

    We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

    We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

    We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

    We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

    We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

    We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

    We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

    We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

    We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
    Joseph Smith

    October 9, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • Erin

      I think they wanted to answer some of the frequently asked questions. They weren't trying to cover it all. And don't you agree they did their homework? As far as I can tell, everything written is true.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • Ethnic Mormon

      I agree with Erin's comment

      October 9, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Coyote

      ummmm....don't you also believe a woman can't get into heaven unless some guy takes her up with him? Just askin'

      October 9, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Erin

      Coyote- That is a very common misunderstanding. Both women and men are needed. Neither one without the other. The highest degree of heaven requires a perfect balance and no one can make it alone.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  10. Ethnic Mormon

    This is one of the best introductions to the LDS church I've read.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • andy

      The list of 10 is basic at best, mentions nothing of core beliefs but what SLC wants people to know without delving into their ever changing doctrine.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  11. andy

    Fact of the matter is the LDS church glosses over the fundamental core beliefs of Joseph Smith and B. Young. Ask an LDS if Jesus was married with kids? Or if their future includes being a god and propogating their own planet (like earth is currently from Elohim and his heavenly wives)? Ask a mormon if polygamy will be reinstated in the afterlife? Ask a mormon if he/she is confident he/she will go to the hightest (celestial) kingdom and if so, how does he/she know? Ask the mormon if one can get to the highest heaven w/o being married? (thus ruling out single people for exaltation). I having nothing against the LDS except their doctrine, they are wonderful people but my prayer is they research their core/founding beliefs and not what the Salt Lake City PR machine propogates in the media.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • ELB

      Andy, Ask Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) if Jesus was married and had kids? Yes some Mormons beilef that, but as a life-long member, I have never heard it preached over the pulpit. And it is an idea that predates Mormonism by several centuries.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  12. Dan Clayton

    I find it interesting that anti-religious use words like insane, nutty, ect to describe religion. Yet lets take a look at science. The use of leaches, The belief in crystal sky formations, a million bogus medical remedies, then the horrors like German disection of living Jews to study the human body. In my mind good and evil is good and evil even if you are atheist. It is all a matter of what we individually decide to be. To we listen to the good in each of us, or do we listen to the evil.

    Religion is the practice of training oneself to listen to the good. Those who feel it is forced upon them usually leave. But do you leave just because you can figure out the value of trying to listen to and do good.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • TheyRWacko

      The article doesn't mention that the hieroglyphics were on "imaginary, invisible golden tablets" and the founder was a pedophile. It's not a religion, it's made up buffoonery. People have weak minds. It's really frightening.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Erin

      TheyRWacko is right. If it's not a religion it's made up non-sense. So, the real question to ask then- is- Is it true? Either it is or it isn't. Mormonism doesn't leave much room to be ambiguous.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • Erin

      Oh, sorry TheyRWack- I misread your comment. 🙂 Oh well. I still stand by what I said which I think you agree with. Either it's true or it isn't.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  13. kd

    those 10 points wouldn't scratch the surface of any religion. it tells people nothing

    October 9, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • Erin

      It tells people the ten things it told them. That might be 10 more things than someone knew. You have to start somewhere- sometimes basic and simple is very helpful. Then you can take it from there to go further in depth. I see a lot of value in a list like this- about any religion.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  14. Sinic

    The fact of the matter is that John Smith & the Morons are the result of a botched first contact alien visit to this planet. Mormons are the biggest joke in the Delta Sector in the intergalactic hit "Humans Gone Wild!".

    October 9, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  15. Grey, Atlanta

    New Testament is just as ridiculous as The Book of Mormon. Both describe fictional characters but purtend to be a "new covenant. This clash between Mormons an other Christians is just funny. In fact, the only people whose souls are denied eternity are idol worshippers, according to Judaism. Traditional Christians worship Jesus, and thus worship an idol. Mormons do not consider Jesus to be a deity, and thus they don't worship an idol. So, this is food for thought for all you self-righteous Christians who just cannot stop harassing others about their believes. If someone is going to be denied "Heaven," it's going to be you, the arrogant Christians, of all people. How ironic!

    October 9, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • andy

      Mormons WILL say Jesus is a diety and if they are honest, they will admit their church teaches worthy saints WILL also be deities in the future..

      October 9, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  16. icedawg

    The differences you mention are minor compared to their view of who God is.

    October 9, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Kat D

      SO true. There are some startling differences in fundamental beliefs. I have lived in a city where 1/3 of the population are "Latter Day Saints" and was an "investigator" (their term) of the LDS (Mormon) Church for 12 years. They are adept at smoothing the icing on the pretty cake that is their church culture so that it seems palatable and mainstream for Christians and non-Christians to accept. If you look at it with as critical an eye as one would look at any religion or spiritual sect to analyze theology, you would be surprised. For me, it was not acceptable.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  17. heresy

    i think mormons as individuals are good people. ( i know a few) but i think the mormon church has a secret agenda. the higher ups of the church put on a facade of good intentions but they are truly evil people who want to convert all to their ways and make living unbearable for the rest of us.

    October 9, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Veritas

      That would be true for islam, chrisitanity, and judaism too, if they were given free reigns.

      October 9, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • heresy

      @ veritas- exactly b/c they have done so before.

      October 9, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • Dan

      That is simply not true. I am not in the higher leadership, but know personally some who are and they are not the kind of people you paint them to be. Go and read or listen to some of the latest talks they have given and see if you feel the same:

      They preach love, respect, kindness, charity, hope, etc. How are these things gaining themselves any power?

      October 9, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • heresy

      @ Dan- if you couldnt tell my post is not an educated post. it is a false ideal written to incite a response from those who would feel passionately enough to respond. it was created to incite hostility. but personally i do not like any of the "1 supernatural being controlling all things" and what not. individuals who believe in this stuff is different. as long as they are tolerant of other beliefs and leave others be. and no i dont want to listen to your people talk. so enjoy your bubble.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Erin

      The "higher ups" are also individual people. They have had careers and they have families and mortgages and illnesses and successes and failures just like anybody else. And, as is true with anybody, you can't really be an authority on someone personally unless you know them. That's one of the things I love about this church. We know our leaders. We interact with them regularly. We know their names, their histories, we can recognize their voices and faces. I grew up Catholic and never knew anyone but my direct priest and even them I couldn't tell you much about. I never heard anything about a single leader or knew what they looked like or sounded like except the Pope. And my knowledge of him was seeing him on the news.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Dan

      So you are asking for tolerance and follow it up with a deriding comment about my beliefs? You want tolerance but are spending your time berating the beliefs of others.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • heresy

      words on a computer do not always represent how one feels. somtimes it just for amusement.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • heresy

      and most of my hostility is toward the christian faith not the mormons. mainly b/c i grew up baptist and history has shown christians to not be very tolerant. mormons have been persecuted by the christians too ( i think). so believe what you want i say. i was just messing with you people.. i find you get the most passionate responses ( which make for a good read on slow work days ) when you make some off the wall ignorant post. apologies to any i offended. good day to you all 🙂

      October 9, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • frothiego

      This reminds me of the SNL skit from the Mcarthy episode lol. And why I love the internet

      October 9, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  18. Veritas

    What religious leaders realize, all over the globe, is that you need to "program" those young impressionable minds of small children before they are too grown to have their critical thinking more developed. Without the religious indoctrination of children most religions would be long gone.

    October 9, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  19. Sinic

    How is what John Smith said any more absurd than what is in the bible?

    October 9, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Veritas

      It is not, but the nuttiness just seems so more real since he lived in the 1800s.

      October 9, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Veritas

      ...oh, and you probably meant Joseph Smith. By the way, is your name supposed to be "Cynic"?

      October 9, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Erin

      Veritas- I don't understand your reply. How are the 1800s different than any other era- past or present?

      October 9, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Erin

      But I do like your name. 🙂 Veritas.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • D

      What does John Smith mean to anybody?

      October 9, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Erin

      Sinic raises a great question. One that Jon Stewart also raised. Hilariously. It's interesting how people can mock other people for their beliefs but see nothing unusual about their own. All of our beliefs come from somewhere inside us and are a blend of our own experience, who we have listened to, who we have read, and how we have interpreted those things. There are a lot things in science I've never personally witnesses but I simply believe them because I have placed my trust in those who know much more than I do. People who believe in science also have to have faith in their beliefs. People thought Thomas Edison was crazy- but he believed in something that other people did not- because they didn't see the "proof."

      October 9, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Veritas

      @Erin: Science is very different from religions in one profound way, all scientific theories must be proven before they are accepted as fact. And even so, our understanding of science is constantly evolving and never static. Religion is based on static dogma and supernatural stories made up by folks with a vivid imagination hundreds or thousands of years ago.

      October 9, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Veritas

      @Erin: I don't know if the fact that mormonism was invented in the 1800s should make it more obvious that it is a hoax, compared to the christian and jewish hoaxes from 2,000-3,000 years ago. I was just trying to give the latter an excuse, based on "more ancient" mysticism, as to why they believe what is essentially the same nonsense.

      October 9, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  20. bookgirl

    Seriously, this is all you can come up with for Mormonism 101. This does not cover all of their weirdo beliefs. These people are insane–just as insane as Scientologists.

    October 9, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • T

      While I agree that their are some strange beliefs that you may not understand, Mormons are NOT as strange as people who belive that alien spiritual beings were tormented and dumped here and we are their vessels. Scientology was based on a fiction book by a sci/fi writer.. fact.. mormonism is based in Chirstianity..fact

      October 9, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Veritas

      @T: Wow, what a great defense: mormons are not as weird as scientologists.

      October 9, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • Grey, Atlanta

      Mormons are just as insane as Christians.

      October 9, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • Erin

      Bookgirl- that's why it's called 101. If it included all the beliefs it would be an upper division course. It's just a very basic overview.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:07 am |
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