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1 Mormonism Mormonism Gregory Mann Axia College University of Phoenix Mormonism
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2 Mormonism In 1827, a man named Joseph Smith had seen visions of an angel named Moroni, which told him not to join any church or any denomination. This same angel came to Smith again and told him where to find some Golden Plates hidden in the ground and that these plates were to be translated (this was later the Book of Mormon). The angel appeared to Joseph Smith again and around 1829, told him to give the angel back the golden plates for safe keeping and Joseph Smith took the translation (the Book of Mormon) (Let Us Reason, 2009). After the translation of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith also received alleged visitations from John the Baptist, who conferred the order of priesthood on Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdrey. There was another visitation, except this time it was from Peter, James and John, who conferred the order of the priesthood of Melchizidek on Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdrey. Smith then formed the Church of Christ in 1830 (Let Us Reason, 2009). Within this paper, the beliefs of the Mormons will be contrasted with the beliefs of the Christian. Although Mormons do hold they are Christians; most Christians do not hold that Mormons are Christian, but are a sect all their own, with their own scriptures and polar beliefs. This paper will also contain a short interview with a Mormon believer and a summary of the questions and answers from that interview. What Do Mormons Believe? The Mormon Church believes in three distinct things: the Apostasy, the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. Their beliefs are summarized in the 13 Articles of Faith. Within this part of the paper, the Apostasy, the Restoration and The Book of Mormon will be covered; as well as the 13 Articles of Faith.
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3 Mormonism The Apostasy While Jesus Christ was on the earth, he gave his apostles the authority to be his priesthood, or to act in His name. After Christ’s death , resurrection and ascension into heaven, his apostles did the work of Christ and were His priests. After the martyred deaths of the apostles, there were no more priests and there was a falling away from the truth of Jesus Christ. This time period, according to the Mormon doctrine, is the great Apostasy. This Apostasy lasted for hundreds and hundreds of years, until the appearance of Joseph Smith (Bruner, 2010). The Restoration After the Apostasy, Jesus called a new prophet to act in His name; that was Joseph Smith. Christ had called Joseph Smith to organize and direct his new church of the latter days. This time after the Apostasy, Christ’s church, authority and the gospel were restored, therefore this time period was called the Restoration (Bruner, 2010). The Book of Mormon
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2011 for the course HUM 130 taught by Professor Georgegreaves during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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