Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “Mormons”) believe and act on a living faith in Jesus Christ. To Latter-day Saints, the Savior is the Source of all that is good, all that is real, all that brings hope, joy, comfort, relief, peace, purpose and eternal life. While the post-modern worldview may attempt to delete Him or dilute Him, Latter-day Saints affirm and testify that Jesus Christ is more than a man, a sage, a model of moral excellence, a wise prophet. He is literally the One through whom all the light and goodness in the world comes to us, by virtue of His sacrifice and His alignment with the purposes and designs of our Heavenly Father, God the Father–namely,”to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”
Latter-day Saints (“Mormons”) understand that Jesus Christ came to earth in the meridian of time, as foretold by prophets, to carry out an infinite and eternal mission that He was fore-ordained to complete and of which you and I were pre-mortally aware–that of becoming our Savior and Redeemer! He came to provide what we ourselves could not accomplish or provide on our own. He came to overpower justice with love and sacrifice, enabling mercy to bear sway and to have its effect in leading us back to our heavenly home, with justice satisfied. Mormons believe, as do other Christians, that this Atonement was carried out by Jesus Christ–who was sinless, and who voluntarily gave His life that we might be forgiven for our sins. Those who accept this gift and who accept the Savior, then, are overcome with His mercy and love in a way that is transformational and that elicits a new heart and a new birth through Him and His ordinances–beginning with baptism.
In addition to these Christian beliefs, Latter-day Saints (“Mormons”) believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ–which includes faith in Christ, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins (by one in authority), receipt of the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end of mortality–has been restored in its pure, undiluted form in our day! That is to stay–and this is a remarkable statement and truth–that Jesus Christ Himself literally re-established His Church in our day, and has handed back His authority (or keys) to administer the gospel to the world. Though there are many churches, there is only one that makes this claim and that can make it truly: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Peter, James, and John, apostles of the Lord during His ministry, the last to hold his authority or keys to act in the Savior’s name–appeared to Joseph Smith, a prophet in our day, and conferred the priesthood authority upon him. Since then, it has been conferred on others within The Church of Jesus Christ. A living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, is Christ’s living oracle today, and holds all of the keys or powers and authority to administer the gospel riches to the world. We testify to you that this is true and invite your sincere investigation of these truths for yourself through study and prayer.
What do Latter-day Saints (“Mormons) believe?, more specifically?
Mormons believe that God the Father is the Father of our spirits, literally. Mormons believe that our lives started in an existence prior to this one and that our spirit bodies needed physical ones to progress. Earth life offers us that opportunity. Once tested here through the real lab experiences of life, faith is developed in conjunction with our use of agency. As we increase in faith and seek the Lord and His purposes, we come to remember who we are and are enabled, through the gospel ordinances, to enter the kingdom of God and through the plan of happiness and Atonement of Jesus Christ central to it, to progress eternally.
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is a separate and glorified Being, the Son of the Father.
Mormons believe that Satan is real, and that as Lucifer, he was cast out of God’s presence for rebellion against His plan. He and his spirit associates are able to tempt us during our sojourn on earth, but God’s power is stronger than Satan’s, and we are each able to withstand any opposition he and his ministrants send our way, through faith in God and our free will.
Mormons believe in modesty and virtue, in wholesome fun and activity, in putting the Lord and family first, and in integrity in all areas of life. Mormons strive to live with pure motives, and as disciples of Christ, repenting and growing daily, and partaking of His emblems weekly in a Sacrament Meeting.
Mormons serve in callings in the Church of Jesus Christ without monetary pay. They serve as leaders of young men and women, children; they teach in quorums and classes; they lead large and small groups. Bishops, or pastors, also serve without pay, and have full-time jobs just like anyone else, while shepherding the flock. Mormons are called to positions of service by revelation and not by vote or through man’s choice. Such inspiration and revelation is the hallmark of the Church of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ leads His Church.
Latter-day Saints “Mormons” believe in the sanctity of the family as the fundamental unit of society, and also hold, as taught by Jesus Christ, that families can be sealed together forever–and not just until death–through sacred ordinances performed in holy temples (“Mormon temples”-temples of The Church of Jesus Christ).
Mormons believe that the Savior will come again to the earth, as King of Kings, and that after a Millennial reign, the earth will be renewed and receive a celestial glory; the redeemed will dwell thereon in the presence of eternal Family and loved ones who have followed Jesus Christ.
While it would take many volumes to share all Mormon beliefs, there are a number of teachings that are essential to the faith. On this page, you can also find an additional listing of links to beliefs to explore. We welcome your feedback and sincere questions.