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Posted on July 3 at 10:50 a.m.
We are not a secret religion. If we were, you would not see us unless we wanted you to. It's true that we don't discuss the sacred things that we do in the temple, not even with each other.
Joseph Smith said that he would teach correct principles, and let the people govern themselves. Basically, what we believe is listed in the thirteen Articles of Faith.
1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
4 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.
5 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.
6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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.
12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
13 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.
That's pretty much it, in a nutshell.
On Mormons and Their Religion: A Brief Portrayal
Posted on July 3 at 6:59 a.m.
capro, those web sites don't even start to portray the truth of what Mormons believe. Instead, try going to our official web sites, and let US define what WE believe.
Posted on July 3 at 6:54 a.m.
Spiritwalker, you said to let you know if you are wrong.
" isn't a major tenet of the Mormon "faith" that when good Mormons die, they're reincarnated on their children have to worship them as "gods"?"
Yes, you're wrong. We believe that we may be as God is, but it has nothing to do with wanting anyone to worship us, and everything to do with becoming as happy as our Heavenly Father is.
And no, we do not do geneaology so that our ancestors can worship us, either.
No, we do NOT consider Romney a "living God". He is just as human as the rest of us. He has no official rank in the LDS church, he is a member. The highest position of authority he has held was as stake president, and they are a dime a dozen in our church.