Mormonism

In: Religion Topics

Submitted By mmckeithen
Words 1851
Pages 8
The Mormon Religion
As I previously stated, I visited the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple located at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive Kensington, Maryland 20895. The website for the church is http://lds.org/church/temples/washington-dc?lang=eng. I was unable get in contact with a specific point of contact before I visited the church for the first time, so I attempted to attend on a Sunday, not realizing they’re not open on Sundays. I later learned that the church was not a church at all. It was a temple. On my next visit I was denied entrance because I was not Mormon. After realizing there were rules to being permitted entrance to a temple, I contacted my friend who is a Mormon and was also my inspiration for the religion I chose for this assignment and she went to the temple with me in order for me to get an up close and personal experience at the church. The people at the temple were very friendly.
When I first drove up to the temple I noticed that the building did not look the way I was used to church’s looking. I grew up in the south and I am used to somewhat small churches, often constructed by the members themselves. The size of this temple was very intimidating from the outside. It was the largest church I had ever visited or even seen in person. There was beautiful landscaping leading up to and surrounding the temple. The structure of the building was exquisite! The temple was all white and several stories tall. The outside looked to be made of stone and marble. The temple has 6 peaks with 5 being empty and the one to the far left containing a statue that I later learned was of the angel Moroni. Moroni was said to be an ancient prophet in the Book of Mormon who was said to have revealed the location of the “golden plates” to Joseph Smith, from which the actual Book of Mormon was translated. While in the museum type area of the temple,…...

Similar Documents

Appendix E

...in 150 to 250 words each about the religious group you selected: • How does your selected religious group differ from other religious groups (such as in their beliefs, worship practices, or values)? The Latter Day Saint movement (also called the LDS movement or LDS restorationist movement) is a group of independent churches tracing their origin to a Christian primitivist movement founded by Joseph Smith in the late 1820s. Collectively, these churches have over 14 million members. The vast majority of them are Mormons belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and their predominant theology is Mormonism. A minority of Latter Day Saint adherents, such as members of the Community of Christ, believes in traditional Protestant theology, and has distanced themselves from the distinctive doctrines of Mormonism. Other breakaway groups include the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints which support lineal succession of leadership of Joseph Smith's descendants; and the more controversial Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who defend the practice of polygamy. The movement began in western New York during the Second Great Awakening when Smith said that he received visions revealing a new sacred text, the Book of Mormon, which he published in 1830 as a supplement to the Bible. Based on the teachings of this book and other revelations, Smith founded a Christian primitivist church, called the Church of......

Words: 1852 - Pages: 8

Mormon

...Mormons What is Mormonism? Who is a Mormon? And what place does Mormonism have in the religious tradition of the United States today? This paper will attempt to give readers a better understanding of the Mormon religion by detailing the history of the religion from its beginnings to today. It will also describe what a typical church or “temple” (as Mormons call their place of worship) service is like. It will also describe any holidays the Mormon people celebrate that correspond with the Christian holidays of other Christian sects. It will not attempt to judge the Mormon religion, as either good or bad, as has been so frequently done in the popular media. Rather than judging it, this paper will attempt to achieve a greater understanding of the religion in its context in the Christian religious tradition and the American religious tradition. In 1820, according to the Mormon faith, Joseph Smith (1806-1844) prayed to God to ask him for a sign that would tell him what church he ought to join. Instead, Jesus Christ and God appeared to the young man and told him he ought to found what the Mormon Church is today. Smith was fourteen at the time, a farmer from the region of western New York known as the "burned-over district" because of its unrelenting religious enthusiasm. (All About Mormons Website) Mormons believe that this revelation to Smith was similar to that of God to Saul. They refer to Smith as “The Prophet” because his revelation was transmitted......

Words: 2989 - Pages: 12

Eth 125 Week 4 Religious and Ethnic Diversity

...Religious and Ethnic Diversity ETH 125 University of Phoenix Mormonism is a uniquely American religion, have been founded by Joseph Smith Jr., of New York ("The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints", 2013). Mormonism originated in the 1820s, as described by the Church’s website, when Joseph Smith Jr. was confused and frustrated by the various Christian religions and was unable to choose one to follow. He turned to the Bible, which told him to ask God when he lacked wisdom. So he prayed to God, and was visited by the Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. According to one of the members of the governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Bruce McConkie (1958), “Mormonism is indistinguishable from Christianity”. However, there are some distinct differences between Mormonism and other Christian religions, and other religions in general. These differences have led to a history of discrimination and persecution, so much though that the Church today keeps many of its ceremonies, practices, and beliefs private. The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints has had a vast impact on American culture which includes a recent Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. The differences between Mormonism and Christianity are subtle. Mormons believe that their Church is the “True Church of Christ”. According to their scripture study publications, the Christian religion became corrupted during “The Great Apostasy” shortly after Christ’s death and......

Words: 859 - Pages: 4

Mormonism Research Paper

...7 December 2010 Mormonism: Cult or Religious Movement? Mormonism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world today. When it first was founded in 1830 there were only six members. A month later this number had grown to forty members. Currently there are estimated to be over 13,824,854 members in the entire world ("Newsroom "). After observing the belief systems of Mormonism one could argue that it contains more similarities to that of a cult compared to that of a new religious movement. Before comparing Mormonism to a cult, a definition must be laid down. A cult, according to Dr. Walter R. Martin as quoted in Edmond Gruss’s book entitled Cults and the Occult, is “the Adherence to major doctrines which are pointedly contradictory to orthodox Christianity, yet which claim the distinction of either tracing their origin to orthodox sources or of being in essential harmony with those sources. Cultism, in short, is any major deviation from orthodox Christianity relative to the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith” (Gruss 3). Anthony Hoekema calls cults the “unpaid bills of the church” (Hoekema 1). Hoekema also goes on to say that cults sometimes arise because they believe “established churches have failed to emphasize certain important aspects of religious life, or have neglected certain techniques or values.” ( 1) Many times cults either contain all or some of the following ten characteristics. The first characteristic they usually contain is the......

Words: 3253 - Pages: 14

Mormons

...Mormon The Mormons are a religious group the follow Mormonism. Mormonism is the main sect of The Latter Day Saint movement. This Movement is part of the Restorationist Christianity. Restorationist Christianity had its start in the 1820’s with the then leader Joseph Smith. This movement took place in upstate New York. Brigham Young took over after Smiths death and had the movement follow him to Utah. Utah may be the Headquarters for The Mormon Religion but there are more Mormons living outside the United States then in the USA. Most Mormons will call them selves as Christian even though many of their beliefs differ from what is normally considered Christianity. Mormons do believe in the Bible, but the one book that most people associate with Mormons is The Book of Mormon. Mormons believe that returning to God after death requires following the good deeds that Jesus Christ had done. You must also accept his atonement through baptism. Within the Mormon faith there is different several different groups. Latter-day Saints The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, formally known as Latter-day Saints, accounts for over 99% of Mormons. Former Latter-day Saints who seek to disassociate themselves from the religion are often referred to as Ex-Mormons. Fundamentalist Mormons these are the Mormons that broke off of the LDS over the issue of polygamy. Liberal Mormons; Liberal Mormons often times call progressive Mormons will take an revealing approach to LDS......

Words: 518 - Pages: 3

The Differences Between Mormon and Fundamentalist Mormon

...God then banned polygamy known as The Manifesto and said all people practicing polygamy would be excommunicated from LDS Church (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, 1992.) The FLDS believe that banning polygamy was a declaration not a revelation of God; government pressure, not faith, was the reason for banning plural marriage (Jessica Ravitz, CNN.) The FLDS were once members of the LDS Church but broke off when polygamy was banned. The biggest difference now between LDS and FLDS is that FLDS still practice polygamy. FLDS believe that possessing more than one wife on earth will get you into heaven. While LDS no longer believe in polygamy on earth, they believe in polygamy in heaven. The LDS Church allows widowers to marry “for time and eternity,” meaning when the couple dies the man will simultaneously continue his marriages with both women in heaven (merrywives.org, 2008.)After all, plural marriage was one of the doctrines in Mormon Religion; though only FLDS practice polygamy LDS does not deny polygamy was one of the doctrines taught when the religion first began. In conclusion, though the LDS and FLDS share the Mormon name, their views mostly differ when it comes to the Prophet Joseph Smith, The Priesthood, and Polygamy. References Packham, R. (2011). To those investigating “Mormonism” Retrieved from http://www.exmormon.org/tract2.htm Hinckley, G. (2005). Joseph Smith Jr.-Prophet of God, Mighty Servant Retrieved from......

Words: 989 - Pages: 4

Mormonism

...Mormonism Joseph Smith, Jr. in the early 19th century stated the Mormon or Latter-Day Saint movement. It began with the context of Christian Restorationism. The history of the Mormons has been surrounded by controversy and persecution. According to Mormon history When Smith was 14 he wondered which of the Christian sects is the true Christian faith. According to Smith God and Jesus appeared to him in a vision. They told him that none of them where and that they had fallen away from the true faith and advised him not to join any of them. They promised to restore the true faith. Joseph Smith became the first prophet of the Mormons (ReligionFacts, 2010). The Mormon faith differs somewhat to Christianity. They are very much a family oriented religion and children seem to follow their parents into this faith without question. Today there is still controversy surrounding some of the past beliefs of the Mormons and some rogue groups that still follow the old beliefs. The interview for this paper was conducted at The Church of Latter Day Saints in Buckhannon, WV. The inside of the church does not differ much to other new churches built in today’s society. It consists of the Chapel and classrooms. Interviewing one of the members of the church gave me in-site into some of their beliefs. A Mormon church service is three hours long it is divided up into three parts the main worship service, Sunday school and they then breakup into two classes priesthood for men and relief......

Words: 2420 - Pages: 10

Sexism: Gender Discrimination

...aggressive then females, girls have better verbal skills then boys, boys have better visual-spatial ability and boys have better mathematical ability from about thirteen onward. Another interesting piece of information that they discovered that on average these differences were extremely small. (Shaw, 21) Fackerell, Michael. Mormonism - What's the story?, 1991-2005 http://www.christian-faith.com/religion/mormon.html Katz, Bob. Mormon Pioneer of the Desert, 1996-2006 http://www.desertusa.com/mag98/nov/papr/brighamyoung.html Lanius, Roger. The Mormon presence in Canada - Brigham Young, 1991 http://www.lds-mormon.com/canada.shtml Packem, Richard. To Those Who Are Investigating Mormonism, 2005 http://www.exmormon.org/tract2.htm Biblical Discernment Ministries. Mormonism - Christian or Cult, 2003 http://www.rapidnet.com/~Jbeard/bdm/Cults/mormon.htm Leadership U. Is Mormonism Christian?, 2002 http://www.leaderu.com/offices/michaeldavis/docs/mormonism.html Wikimedia Inc. "Mormonism", 2005 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormonism *Online encyclopedia Auther not noted. Religions & Ethics Mormonism, 2005 http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/mormon/...

Words: 950 - Pages: 4

Religion and Ethnic Diversity Paper

...followers. “The overwhelming emphasis in the Mormon scriptures is on earning salvation through obedience to commandments and refraining from sin” (McDowell, 2012). Mormons believe in a heavenly father who has a physical body. They do not believe in one God or the Trinity. They have three Gods: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. When it comes to their belief in sin it is different than the Christian faith. The Mormons believe that every man is accountable for his own sin and all mankind will be resurrected and saved. The Mormons experience with other groups that do not share its beliefs or practices has not been very favorable. “62% of Mormons say the American people as a whole are uninformed about Mormonism. 68% say the American people as a whole do not see Mormonism as part of mainstream American society” (Pew Research, 2012). Mormons are well known for their avoidance in alcoholic drinks, teas, soda, and rated R movies. Mormons are very family orientated and have conservative views on social issues. Mormons have contributed to the American culture. Mormons believe that they are called by God to serve others. They give their time and expertise to church, society, and humanity. “An average American Latter-day Saint provides almost 430 hours of volunteer labor annually.  This equates to approximately 35 hours per month.   In comparison, the average American volunteer provides about four hours of volunteering per month” (DiSanto, 2012). As with any group......

Words: 1444 - Pages: 6

Redefining Stereotype of Mormonism

...Redefining Stereotype in Mormonism Primary sources are the priceless eyes and ears that our future descendants will have when they look to consider our ways, habits, and deeds. When one considers conditions of 19th century or before, one has even fewer primary sources on which to lean. Narrative accounts are often the only source of information for the historian, and so a crucial skill can be the interpretation, and deciphering, of the biases of the original writer. In Female Lives among Mormons, Ward gives the audience a rare insight to the reclusive livelihood and the beginnings of the Mormons Church. The autobiography portrays the culture and values that the Mormons initially practice are against American ideals. From the account of Ward, who lived through the beginnings of Mormonism, the common prejudice and stereotype of Mormonism in modern America is justifiable. One century later, David Brion Davis argued in Some Themes of Counter-Subversion that nativist writing is a common reflection of apparent religious intolerance in nineteenth century America, but he did not take into account that it is an autobiography. He argues that the reason why Mormon is prejudiced because it is “shrouded with secrecy, deemed extraneous forces that are allegedly threatening the heritage of Republican Ideology.” (Davis 209) He also contends that the members themselves are not “individually evil but they were blinded and corrupted by ideology that justified treason and gross immorality.”......

Words: 1096 - Pages: 5

Hum 130 Appendix B

...Axia College Material Appendix B 7 Question Final Project Plan |What religion would you like to consider for your final project? | | |Describe the place of worship you will visit. |Mormonism and I would look around t find the closest Mormon | | |church to visit. | | | | |What do you already know about this topic? | | | |I have a friend who is Mormon and his family practices the faith.| | | | |What resource will you use to find a place of worship for this | | |religion? | | | |I will use the internet since it the best updated resource | | |available to......

Words: 352 - Pages: 2

Mormonism

...Mormonism Many people have capricious ideas about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The history of Mormonism reads much like a fairytale. It began in the early nineteenth century, in upstate New York. In the heart of a period plagued by religious tension and conflicting claims, a young man by the name of Joseph Smith Jr. sought to determine his position with God, and which church he should join. Shortly thereafter, Smith’s prayers were answered. Over the next several years, Smith experienced several substantial manifestations, including one from an angel by the name of Moroni, who told Smith as to where he could find the gold plates that would later become the Book of Mormon. Shadowing these events, Smith played a pivotal role in organizing a church that would later become known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shortly thereafter, devotees moved to an area just shy of Cleveland, Ohio, to a town called Kirtland, and through strong missionary work, the church saw an influx of new members. As the Kirtland community began to grow and prosper a new branch was formed in Missouri. Following the economic collapse of Kirtland in 1837, church adherents moved to join with the splinter group in Missouri, in a place known as Far West in Caldwell County. However, rising religious tensions eventually erupted into conflict, forcing those members of the Mormon Church to move once again. In 1839, the Saints found their selves on the banks of the......

Words: 882 - Pages: 4

Research Prospectus

...Mormonism is a Cult   The issue I intend to research is how the modern religion of Mormonism shows the same qualities as a large cult. When we were choosing topics in class, we had discussed about a paper that a student intended to write about that was very broad. Does religion cause war? When we had to simplify that topic I wrote down something along the lines of why modern Mormons go on religious missions today? At home I had researched the means of why Mormonism is the only religion that continues to spread its works around and so on. But in most of my research a lot of associations of cults and secret groups kept popping up on my screen. Looking into these articles and conspiracies, I found small relationships of Mormonism and cults like forms of practice. What I found that really took my attention was the tie of Mormonism and politics. Fascinating conspiracies of cult-like ideas root from the election of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. The issue of religion itself is included into the constitution and has many controversial issues within.   My topic of religion matters because it is a very sensitive word that takes on a lot of meaning. People dedicate their lives for faith and frown upon certain human interactions like love and controls it. I chose this because I do not understand religion and for some reason it is wrong to question it.    My basic research question stems from Mormonism and cults. Other key words when researching are religion and politics and cult......

Words: 849 - Pages: 4

Mormon Marriage

...a distinctive way of living that has allowed them to emerge from other religions. Their seclusion from other cultures as well as their extreme devotion to their faith has made Mormonism come out as a job full of requirements rather than just simple spiritual theology. In the following composition, I aim to inform everything about their nuptial believes, ceremonies, and demands. With that said, I will back up my claim of why I believe the Mormon society is exceedingly strict due to their pious way of living, their expectation to raise conservative individuals, and their closure to other communities. Mormon´s earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations is an essential part of the society. Take polygamy as an example. When the doctrine was first explained back in the 1840´s by Joseph Smith, majority of the members felt repulsed by the proposal. People where then motivated by verses from the bible stated for them to follow their patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob which were told to have more than one wife. As time went by and a better explanation was given, Latter -day Saints manage to understand it as God´s will. Even though they didn’t quite understand why, they were willing to convict plural marriage because God told them to. Polygamy immediately evolved into an extremely important facet of Mormonism in the 19th century. Despite the fact American citizens and government felt angered for such practice, the Later- day Saints didn’t give up their routine until the......

Words: 892 - Pages: 4

Mormonism

...should lead the people to a new land * So he takes them and head west, heading to different states being persecuted many places * Smith arrested and before he could face charges the jail was taken over and hung outside the jail * The leader then became his apprentice a man named Brigham Young * He takes them from illinois to the new kingdom of god… which will become Utah * Open revelation, continous prophecies * Another writing that comes is called The Pearl of Great Price * Considered to be the life of abraham himself * Doctrines and Covenants * Wisdom from joseph smith apart from the revelations * Mormonism embraces the god of the hebrew people and understand itself as part of that line, and if you embrace the covenant and live a life by it . It you embrace this life then you are spiritually adopted into the community. God lead his people to north america which will play a part not only in the past but in the future. * Variety of after lifes after death * Three primary ways * No hell * Three possible rewards * For those who didn’t do so good they get to live eternally on earth (celestial realm) * Jesus comes back for the second time he will create a kingdom, which is earth like and will be located in North America (Terrestrial Realm) ...

Words: 869 - Pages: 4