*cough* Now that I’ve got your attention… Hello! So, you want some dirt on the Mormon faith do you? I’ve seen a lot of people confused about this church and it’s beliefs. Well, here are 10 real facts about the LDS Church!
- The proper name for the Mormon Church is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”
- Meaning that, yes! They are in fact Christians! Shock horror :O The word “Christian” actually only means ‘a person who believes Jesus is the saviour’ in other words “messiah”.
- Mormon’s actually have not one, not two but four books: The Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price and The Doctrine and Covenants. Members of the church read them ALL. And learn from them ALL. And treat them ALL the same.
- Mormons believe that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are all separate beings. A belief that separates them from a lot of Churches but is not unique to their Church.
- It may come as a surprise but Mormons don’t actually hate black people! Crazy! They respect, accept and teach literally ANYONE.
- Leading on from this point, this includes people who are LGBT+. Some aspects of their beliefs towards the LGBT+ community are hard to wrap your head around. But if you give it time and actually bother to listen to what they believe in, it makes a lot of sense! It even takes actual Mormons a long time to understand the beliefs on this subject. The important thing to know is they respect and accept them! (And teach them if they want to be taught!)
- LDS members have a living prophet on the earth today. This Prophet gets inspiration and revelation from God. Meaning, their *core beliefs* do not (and will not) change but some aspects of the *Church* can, do (and probably will) change. Hence why they have “Latter Day” in their name and why they do need a prophet.
- They also believe in Joseph Smith. Technically, the actual organisation of the “Latter Day saint” church didn’t start until Joseph Smith organised it. He was a prophet of God and God asked him to organise the Mormon Church. Jesus was a Jew. Not a Mormon. Mormons believe all that he taught and said is true. The thing that now separates them from Jews is what they believe about Jesus. (See fact number 2)
- Among not drinking, smoking, wearing revealing clothing ect. Mormons also believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous and in doing good to all men. So it’s not all doom and gloom “don’t do this, don’t do that”. They believe in being active members of their communities, helping others in any way possible and following the laws of the land as well as their own laws!
- And lastly, the most important thing about the LDS faith is that every. Single. Person has the right and privilege to choose. Just look at the popular Mormon children’s song “Choose the right”. The title isn’t “Do the right” is it? It’s “Choose”. Their religion is a choice and everyone in and out of it can make a choice whether to accept or reject it. Multiple times. One time rejected does not mean you don’t have the ability to accept it later. All rules are actually guide lines. Mormons only follow them because they *want* and choose to. They want to get back and live with their Heavenly Father. They want to be like him. They want to be good and helpful people. And they believe that the only way of achieving ALL of these things together, is to follow the commandments that God has given them.
Now, the interesting thing is, I don’t have to be a Mormon to know these things and to respect and have an interest in the religion. All I have to do is go to a reliable source. A good one is their actual, legitimate website: www.lds.org Or, even simpler, just read their 13 very short, easy to understand “Articles of Faith”. I don’t have to be a Mormon to know this. But the truth is, I know these things because I’ve been a baptised Mormon for 13 years and have been learning the gospel for over 21 years. Which is to say, I was born a Mormon.
But I didn’t have to stay. I didn’t have to write this blog post. I don’t have to believe in it. Both my brothers, who are incredible examples to me, aren’t active members of the church any more. The reason I wanted to say this at the end of the ten facts, even though it may have been obvious from my knowledge or the sarcastic nature of my language is that a lot of people like to learn from “x-mormons” who for whatever reason have negative feelings towards the church or from unreliable sources that share “dirt” and throw shade on our religion.
Surprisingly, these aren’t good sources for religious information. A lot of people don’t like us because they’ve been finding false things about us online or from angry people who actively go around giving inaccurate information. I’d like people to know us from the inside out. That’s the best way to learn about something like an organisation and/or religion- from the inside.