What is Mormonism?

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are sometimes asked by co-workers, friends and others: "What is Mormonism?"

For New Zealand Latter-day Saint, Catherine Vaughan, "Mormonism is living the gospel the way Jesus Christ Himself did, when He was upon the earth. We have a living prophet and apostles, and worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and as our Saviour."

She continues: "It is more than just believing the doctrines and truths of the gospel. It is living it in all of our actions in our daily lives, and showing that we really have taken upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ, and are striving to become like Him."

 In a Facebook conversation recently, a New Zealand Latter-day Saint asked the question, "What is Mormonism?" And then the writer answered the question in this way: "It is a way of life with the belief that through Jesus Christ we can obtain eternal life." states: "When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He organized His Church so that all people could receive His gospel and return one day to live with God, our Heavenly Father. After Jesus Christ died, was resurrected and ascended to heaven, His Apostles continued to receive revelation from Him through the Holy Ghost on how to direct the work of His Church. However, after they were killed, members changed the teachings of the Church that He had established. While many good people and some truth remained, this Apostasy, or general falling away from the truth, brought about the withdrawal of the Church from the earth (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3Acts 20:29-30). The Apostle Peter prophesied that Jesus would restore His Church before His Second Coming (Acts 3:19-21).

"Jesus Christ began to restore His Church in its fulness to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1820. It has grown to become a worldwide Church with over 13 million members. It has the same teachings and basic organization as the Church established by Jesus in New Testament times."









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