11 Facts About Mormonism


Mormonism is the religious tradition and theology of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity started by Joseph Smith in Western New York in the 1820s and 1830s.

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However, scholars and theologians within the Latter Day Saint movement, including Smith, have often used "Mormonism" to describe the unique teachings and doctrines of the movement.

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Cultural Mormonism is a term coined by cultural Mormons who identify with the culture, especially present in Utah and Idaho, but do not necessarily identify with the theology.

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Doctrines of Mormonism began with the farmboy Joseph Smith in the 1820s in Western New York during a period of religious excitement which is known as the Second Great Awakening.

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Mormonism said an angel first showed him the location of the plates in 1823, buried in a nearby hill.

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Also, Mormonism teaches that the intelligence dwelling in each human is coeternal with God.

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Mormonism describes itself as falling within world Christianity, but as a distinct restored dispensation; it characterizes itself as the only true form of the Christian religion since the time of a Great Apostasy that began not long after the ascension of Jesus Christ.

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In Mormonism, an ordinance is a religious ritual of special significance, often involving the formation of a covenant with God.

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In Mormonism, the saving ordinances are seen as necessary for salvation, but they are not sufficient in and of themselves.

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Since its origins in the 19th century, Mormonism has been compared to Islam, often by detractors of one religion or the other.

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Mainstream Mormonism is defined by the leadership of the LDS Church which identifies itself as Christian.

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