Mormons/ Latter Day Saints

Mormons / Latter Day Saints (LDS), was founded by Joseph Smith less than two hundred years ago.The Church’s full title is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”. Smith claimed to have personally communicated with God and Jesus Christ who told him that they were unhappy with all the current churches and that they are going in the wrong direction. Joseph Smith claimed that they instructed him to create a new church which Joseph called it “the only true church on earth”. They believe they are the restored Church from the original Church established by Jesus Christ 2000 years ago.

The Mormons go by the teachings of the Bible and of the Book of Mormon and other scripture. The Book of Mormon is said to have been given to Joseph Smith in the the form of Golden Plates to translate. Smith says that an angel guided him to the location of where the Golden Plates were buried . The book is said to have been written by “reformed Egyptians”. These people are said to have traveled to North America and wrote the book over a period of 1,000 years. Mormons believe that there are different levels or kingdoms in the afterlife: The Celestial Kingdom, The Terrestrial Kingdom, The Telestial Kingdom, and outer darkness. Where a person will end up depends on what they believe and do in this life.  I also found out that Mormons have secret handshakes and names that they must keep secret and not tell anyone. These names and gestures are said to be able to get you into Heaven. During my research I came across a fact that Mormons believe that God lives on a planet called “Kolob”. It is also said that Earth once orbited Kolob but fell and now orbits the Sun.

A strange belief that I found was that Mormons believe that there are multiple worlds with multiple Gods. They believe that God created many planets with many people and each planet has its own God. They also believe that  if you obtain the highest level of heaven you can also become a God of your own planet. In the LDS Church it is mandatory to give 10% of your income to the church. Mormons claim that if you want to be accepted into the highest kingdom of Heaven (The Celestial Kingdom) you must give an honest sum of money. This, in my view, is shocking. Here we have a church demanding money from it’s members. That means, if a person is earning 30,000 a year they must hand over 3,000 to the church. I read an article that says that the church has an estimated net worth of 30 billion! WOW!! That’s a tasty bit of money! The Church has around 14.1 million follower so with tithing mandatory, the church is picking up a large amount of money.

The Church also has a controversial history surrounding Polygamy or Plural Marriages. This is where a person is entitled to have more than 1 spouse. Joseph Smith, himself, had over 30 wives and  many children. Polygamy was a key part of the church and Joesph Smith claimed that polygamy was essential to be accepted into the highest level of heaven. The Book of Mormon condemns polygamy while other LDS doctrine accepts it. Controversy followed when polygamy became a social cause and writers began to publish works condemning polygamy. The U.S then banned polygamy forcing many Mormons to emigrate. In 1910 polygamy was stopped and members were told they would be excommunicated if they were found to be still performing it. Controversy also surrounded the Mormons and Black people. The Mormons believe that black people are descendants of Canaan and are cursed. The 3rd President of the LDS Church once said that the only reason black people were allowed on Noah’s Ark was so that Satan would have representation on Earth. In 1978, Mormons lifted the law withholding black people from becoming priests in the church.

The Mormons are a strange bunch I can tell you. It was a hard religion to research them as I kept coming across contradictions and false information. There is so many interesting and crazy facts about this crowd but I have decided I won’t go into detail because it would take me forever! Some other cool facts include , Mormons believing Satan created Dinosaur fossils to deceive people. The LDS Church is also against tea, coffee, tobacco and drugs. That’s all I have on the Mormons/Latter Day Saints. Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you learned something interesting! If I am incorrect on any matter please do leave a comment and I’ll fix it.

Steve

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