Recovery to Mormonism
So what is Mormonism? Beyond and besides the distortions, the misunderstandings, the exaggerations . . . Mormonism is following Christ and trying to live in the way He’d have us live. Mormonism is loving your neighbor as yourself and loving God with all your heart. Mormonism is Christianity. Its unique aspects don’t exclude it, or shouldn’t.
Here are a few articles about what Mormonism is. We debunk and explain in the other section of the site. Here, we present some of what makes Mormonism Mormonism. A lot of it may, in fact, be familiar to you.
Beliefs about Christ will be covered in their own section.
It’s one of Mormon beliefs that the gateway to salvation is baptism. If we have faith in Christ and have repented of our sins, the next step is baptism. This is, of course, hardly unique to the Mormon faith—Jesus commanded His apostles to teach His gospel unto all nations, to baptize those that believed. (Read more)
Mormon Books of Scripture
The core books of scripture of the Mormon faith are the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. (Read more)
Joseph Smith and the Restoration
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored by God through Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith received many visions and revelations in his lifetime and died a martyr. (Read more)
What is the priesthood? In the beliefs of Mormonism, the priesthood is the power and authority of God. By the Lord’s priesthood power, the heavens and the earth were created and by His priesthood is the universe kept in order. Worthy male members of the Church hold the priesthood and thus have the authority to act in the name of God. (Read more)
While we are on earth, we’re separated from God. The Fall of Adam separated us from His presence while we are here. We are also separated from God by birth. In Mormons’ beliefs, we all lived with God before we came. Prayer is the way that we may speak with God, that we may have contact with Him, despite our distance. Through prayer we receive guidance and blessings, express gratitude, and establish a connection with our Father in Heaven. (Read more)
The temple is a sacred building, house of instruction, of covenants, of promises. And God makes promises in return—of His everlasting blessings. Within temples, members can commune with God. Within Mormon temples, members “set aside [their] own selfishness and serve for those who cannot serve themselves.” (Read more)
Most people think of Mormon missionaries and think of two young men—clean-cut, dressed in suit in ties, and walking or biking down the sidewalk. Or knocking on their door. This isn’t inaccurate! But it is incomplete. (Read more)
For centuries, people have practiced the religious fast. In the Bible, the Lord’s people humbled themselves through fasting. It increased their ability to receive blessings of Him. And, today, Mormons practice the fast to receive spiritual strength. (Read more)
After Christ’s apostles were killed, the power of the priesthood bestowed on them by Christ was lost, and with it the authority to maintain His church on the earth. By the early 19th century, there were many Christian churches, all with different practices and interpretations of the Bible. (Read more)
Word of Wisdom
The Word of Wisdom is a law of health followed by members of the Mormon Church, revealed by the Lord for the physical and spiritual benefit of His children. (Read more)