The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, a.k.a The Mormons is one of the world's fastest growing religions. There are two branches main branches of Mormonism; one is the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints and the other, The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. The smaller Reorganized Church has about 240,000 members worldwide while the larger numbers over 9 million.
Mormons learn from childhood they have a duty to serve on the mission field following their high-school education. As of 1995, there were 50,000 active Mormon missionaries, serving worldwide. Prior to World War II there were only 2,000 active missionaries worldwide, this 25-fold increase demonstrates just how fast Mormonism is growing. Uncover the secrets behind their phenomenal growth »
The wealth of Mormonism is also noteworthy, according to an August, 1997 Time Magazine article titled, “Mormon Inc.” The assets of the LDS church total more 30 billion dollars, with a gross income of 6 billion dollars, more then the budget of the State of Utah. Mormons are expected to tithe (give 10%) of their income to the LDS church. The Mormon Church owns America's largest producer of nuts, they also own Bonneville International Corp., the countries 14th largest radio chain, and the Beneficial Life Insurance Co., with assets of $1.6 billion. The LDS church owns the world largest beef ranch, Deseret Cattle and Citrus Ranch outside Orlando, Florida sitting on 312,000 acres of land worth more then 850 million dollars. How did they make so much money? »
To understand the Mormons and the Mormonism, we first need examine the history and beliefs of this fast growing religion.
Short History of Mormonism
The history of Mormonism begins with Joseph Smith Jr., who is the first prophet and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints.
Joseph Smith parents were Joseph Sr., and Lucy Smith, Joseph Jr., was their fourth child born in Sharon Vermont in December 23 rd , 1805. Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy started their marriage with a 1,000 dollar dowry at the family farm in Vermont. The thousand dollars was soon lost and Joseph Sr. tried to sell a shipment of Ginseng to China, Ginseng grew wild in Vermont, but no one in China was interested in Vermont Ginseng. Joseph Sr. was forced to move his family from Vermont to Palmyra New York.
In Palmyra while Joseph Jr. was a youth, a traveling magician and diviner came to town and offered his services. The traveler claimed he could find buried treasure and water. The diviner used “Peep” (Seer ) stones, magic stones that gave him divining power. His fee was $3.00/day. He worked for the farmers trying to find buried treasure on their property. Joseph Smith Jr., became spent time with the man as he searched for buried treasure.
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During this same time in Palmyra, there was a religious stirrings. William Miller, a Baptist lay minister and farmer, born 1782, taught in the year 1818 that in 25 years would be the return of Christ in 1843. His family would later move Lower Hampton , New York , close to the Vermont State border. Both the Seventh Day Adventist and Jehovah Witnesses would be off shouts of Millerism. Joseph Jr., comments on the religious movements taking place during this time in the Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith History 1.
In 1820, when Joseph Smith Jr., was 15 years old he claims to have had his first vision. Where God the Father and Jesus appeared to Joseph and told him, that all the creeds of Christianity were an abomination in their site and he was to join none of them. His discussion of this vision caused him to be persecuted by those around him.
I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me…..When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, ….One of them spake unto me, callin me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him….I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right….and which I should join….I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt …. Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith-History 1:17-19
It was not until 1823, when Joseph Jr., was 18 years old did me meet, the angel Moroni, the glorified son of one Mormon, the man for whom the famous book of the name is entitled. Moroni appeared to Joseph three times and told him to find Gold-Plates, on a hill in Palmyra but to wait 4 years before taking them. The angel warned Joseph to not show the tablets to anybody. Discover the "REAL" history of Mormonism »
During this same period Joseph Jr. was also becoming proficient in “Peep” stones. This was in part thanks to the traveling Magician who was looking for buried treasure with the help of his “Peep” stones. After time no treasure was found and the magician left town, but Smith had picked up his skills. And Joseph used “Peep” stones to locate some tools. Joseph acquired a reputation and was hired by Josiah Stoal of Chenango county in New York State who heard about Joseph divining abilities. Some of the details are recorded in Pearl of Great Price- Joseph Smith History.
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In the year 1823 my father's family met with a great affliction by the death of my eldest brother, Alvin. In the month of October, 1825, I hired with an old gentleman by the name of Josiah Stoal, who lived in Chenango county, State of New York . He had heard something of a silver mine having been opened by the Spaniards in Harmony, Susquehanna county, State of Pennsylvania; and had, previous to my hiring to him, been digging, in order if possible, to discover the mine. After I went to live with him, he took me with the rest of his hands to dig for the silver mine, at which I continued to work for nearly a month, without success in our undertaking, and finally I prevailed with the gentleman to cease digging after it. Hence arose the very prevalent story of my having been a money –digger. During the time that I was thus employed, I was put to board with a Mr. Isaac Hale, of that place; it was there I first saw my wife (his daughter), Emma Hale. On the 18 th of January, 1827 we were married, while I was yet employed in the service of Mr. Stoal…….. Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith History 1:55-57
Before Joseph marriage to Emma Hale, he was found guilty of “glass gazing” the original court bill of 1826 charging of him this offense. Rev. Wesly P. Walters found documentation for this suit recently, in 1971 in the basement of the courthouse.
These records proved the charges against Joseph Smith and were an embarrassed the LDS. One of the witnesses testifying against him was Isaac Hale, father of Emma his future wife. Isaac refused to allow his daughter to marry Joseph Smith, so in January 1827, 21 year-old Joseph and Emma eloped with Joseph to Palmyra , New York .
The question is Mormonism Christian the answer you will be given will be depend on who it is given by. Whether it be one of the Mormon faith or one of the Christian faith. There are many different ways to which the question can be phrased and that is also what the answer will depend on.
In accordance to the Mormons they are the only religion on earth that one should abide by or otherwise one will not be saved. According to the Christians the Mormon doctrine has been twisted to meet the needs of the individual leaders themselves as stemming back to the one that began this religion which is Joseph Smith.
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So is the Mormon church a Christian denomination as we know it?
The answer is no because it denies what the Christian doctrine is actually based on. This basis is on the most important aspects of the Bible. To begin with the mormon religion does not recognize the deity of Christ being the Father, the son and the Holy Ghost as one. The Mormonism beliefs are that they are three separate entities. Secondly if there is no such thing as salvation by grace it puts a question mark as to what was the purpose of Christ dying on the cross?
Finally the third is the resurrection of Christ is not something that is believed or taught in the Mormon religion. The general consensus of the Mormon is that the holy Bible has become corrupted over the years and is not as valid as what people would believe it to be.
If one must ask a Mormon if he is a Christian and his sense of the word is that being a Mormon makes him one. Then his answer would be yes. If he were asked if those who were of another faith and claimed to be Christians, would they be so. The answer you would get back is probably not because they don't believe in the doctrines of the Christian Church. (which is the Mormons according to them).
Then the question arises is a possible for a Mormon to become a Christian? The answer to that is maybe possibly or should even be yes as anybody that comes before Christ and confesses their sin and accept him as their personal savior is a Christian. However if the individual was to remain in the Mormon church following their doctrine then no they would not be classed as what Christianity is based on in the world today
When the Christians look for a stance in their support of rejection of the Mormon church they refer to several scriptures that are very clear in the holy Bible concerning different spirits and Gospels. What makes it even more astounding is the account that the Bible gives is almost an exact description of how the Mormons came to be.
Most people are aware that the Mormon Church was founded by Joseph Smith who was to have had a vision where God and Jesus told him that he was to start a new religion. From a few simple followers it took off in a flurry and that there are now thousands of followers of the Church of latter-day Saints.
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