You’ve heard about them. They’ve been in the news. That one guy who ran for president last time was one of them.
Well, technically they’re members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And I happen to be one of them.
No, we’re not a cult. No, we don’t have more than one wife (I have one mom, and that’s plenty). No, we don’t turn into lizards. And no, we’re not all celibate. I figured since Mormons have been in the news on and off since, well, forever, that it might be beneficial to go over some of our core beliefs. Set the record straight, as it were.
First, we’re Christians. For goodness’ sake, Jesus Christ’s name is literally in the name of our church. When people say Mormons aren’t Christians I’m completed flabbergasted. We believe in Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father (God), and the Holy Ghost (Spirit). But we also believe they’re three separate beings. The concept of the Trinity isn’t something that my religion believes in. We believe in three separate beings in the Godhead, but they aren’t all the same person—they’re separate. I cannot stress that enough.
We have 13 statements in our church that help us explain to people the things we believe in and the first one states:
“We believe in God, the eternal Father, and in his son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.”
It’s spelled out very simply and easy to understand here.
For each month I’m going to explain one of the Articles of Faith (those are the 13 statements I mentioned before) and if you have questions feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you to understand our beliefs better. Also, feel free at any time to stop by LDS.org to get as much information about my church as you can. Seriously, there’s so much you can read and watch about what our religion teaches.
So here’s what Mormons believe, part one. Stay tuned for part two in November.