The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly referred to as the Mormon Church) claims to be the restored Church of the Lord Jesus Christ on the erath today. Organized in 1830, The Church of Jesus Christ was re-established after several centuries of religious turmult and sectarianism. It was during this era that individuals or groups of people began turning away from the fundamental principles of the gospel, and began entering into a state of apostasy. Thus, the period became known as “The Great Apostasy.”
After the deaths of the Savior and His Apostles, men began corrupting the principles of the gospel – teaching more the doctrines of men than the doctrines of God. They also began making unauthorized changes in the organization of the Church, as well as in priesthood ordinances. Because of such widespread apostasy, the Lord withdrew the authority of the priesthood from the earth.
This period of apostasy would last until 1820 when a 14-year-old farm boy named Joseph Smith, having read a verse of scripture in James 1:5 which says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him,” retreated to a small grove of trees not far from his home in Upstate, New York, to earnestly seek wisdom from the Lord regarding religious matters. He was there visited by God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who began instructing him in the things pertaining to the restoration of the fulness of the everlasting gospel.
It is important to realize that Mormons believe the heavens are now and have always been open, that God is no respecter of persons, and that inspiration and personal revelation have always been mankind’s privilege to receive. Indeed Mormons believe “all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and [they] believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God” (Articles of Faith #9.) Furthermore, Mormons also believe that each of us comes into this world from the presence of God, our Father, with the Light of Christ as our conscience and guide.
The claims of the Mormon Church are simple and clear, but have often been confused by far-too-prevalent misconceptions and misinformation perpetuated by those who do not fully understand the position, doctrines, and nuances of Mormon beliefs. This site is for those who wish to find genuine answers regarding what Mormons believe. It identifies and defines clearly the Mormon belief in the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ—the centerpiece of faith and action in each faithful Mormon’s life. It addresses the basic principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ as reflected in Mormonism, as revealed by the Savior and His appointed servants over time. It explains the need for, and content of, modern revelation, which is a foundational principle of the Church of Jesus Christ. Mormons believe that a loving Father does not stop speaking to His children, and that there are additional scriptural records which bear that out.
Mormons embrace all truth, and believe that many Christian denominations share true doctrines in common. Mormons “claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of [their] own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may” (Article of Faith #11.) It is consistent with Mormon belief that the writers of the Constitution of the United States also believed in that inalienable right.
This Web site’s purpose is to openly and honestly discuss what Mormonism really is and what it stands for. We hope to convince all men and women to embrace the true Church of Jesus Christ, by keeping all the good and true principles they learned in their own churches and adding the unique truths found in the restored gospel, the same gospel preached by Jesus in Palestine, 2000 years ago.
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “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” (Articles of Faith #13.)