Monday, August 30, 2010

A Mormon?

What does the word Mormon mean to you? As a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (more commonly known as the Mormon church), I think I've heard just about every question and comment you can imagine.



How many wives does your Dad have?


Do Mormons have horns? Can I see them?


Can you lie?


Are Mormons Christians?


Do you worship God? I thought you worshipped Joseph Smith.


Don't Mormons think everyone else is going to Hell?


Don't all Mormons live in Utah?


Do you believe in the Bible? I thought you only believed in your golden Bible.




These are only a few of the questions I've been asked or heard over the years. While I've been happy to answer any questions posed openly and honestly, I had never thought about using the Internet as a venue to answer questions and talk about my beliefs, until now.



So I'm opening it up. If you have ever had a question about Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), ask me. You can send it in as a comment (and I'll repost it with an answer), or email me at ldswhyibelieve@gmail.com. If it's a genuine question, I'll post it on the blog and answer it. If it's designed to insult, be offensive, or is filled with profanity, I will not respond. So, please, keep it clean and kind.



SO....


Here are my answers to the questions I posted above.


How many wives does your Dad have?

One. My parents have been married for almost 50 years and have 11 children. No multiple births or adoptions.



Do Mormons have horns? Can I see them?

I've never met a Mormon with horns. I don't have them. (My doctor can attest to this, and he's not Mormon). If I had them, I'd show them to you, but I don't. Sorry.



Can you lie?

Sure. Everyone can lie. Should we? No.


Are Mormons Christian?

I've heard this question many times. Sometimes it is posed as a statement: Mormons aren't Christians, because you worship a different Jesus. I believe in the Jesus Christ in the Bible. I study the Bible regularly and strive to follow the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know it is only through Him and His atonement that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father again. No matter how hard I try, I will always be imperfect, and it is only through the grace of my Savior that I have any hope of salvation.



Do you worship God? I thought you worshipped Joseph Smith.

Yes. I worship God (Heavenly Father). I do not worship Joseph Smith, nor do any other Mormons I know worship Joseph Smith.



Don't Mormons think everyone else is going to Hell?

No. Mormons believe individuals are judged based upon their knowledge and beliefs. By that I mean that God will look to see if I lived the way I said I believed.

Anyone who did not have the opportunity to learn about the Savior and the gospel of Jesus Christ will have the opportunity to learn about it in the hereafter.




Don't all Mormons live in Utah?

No. At one time, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were encouraged to move to Utah, but this changed before I was born. I grew up on the East Coast of the USA.

Mormons live all over the world, and there are more members of the LDS church outside the United States than inside the United States.




Do you believe in the Bible? I thought you only believed in your golden Bible.

Yes, I believe in the Bible. It is a sacred scriptural work. The "golden Bible" some people refer to is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is a companion to the Bible which further testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ. It is a record of a family who left Jerusalem around 600 B.C. and traveled to the Americas. It contains information about other people in the Americas as well.

I also believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It strengthens my testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ. It also helps me find solutions to other problems in my life, like dealing with my teenage children.