Who Are the Mormon's?

Who are the Mormon's?
HUM 130
February 6, 2011

Who are the Mormon's?
Who are the Mormon’s and what is their purpose? That answer has changed over the years as the religion has adjusted to modern times and laws. “We are all spiritual children of a loving Heavenly Father who sent us to this earth to learn and grow in a mortal state. As Mormons, we are followers of Jesus Christ. We live our lives to serve Him and teach of His eternal plan for each of us” (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2010). Whereas followers have a strong sense of family values, they appear to have wavered from traditional forms and beliefs of Christianity.

To understand the Mormon beliefs one must understand the beginnings of the faith. Joseph Smith Jr. was born and raised in New York; his family was large and very religious. When it came time for his baptism to become a member of the Church of Christ, he was unsure if the teaching of the Church were true. He turned to the Bible and found a passage in the book of James 1: 5 that read; “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” He took this as a sign and went to a grove to pray where he had a vision. This was the foundation of the Mormon faith.
The Book of Mormon is a volume of Holy Scripture comparable to the Bible and is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of America, translated from the Plates of Nephi by Joseph Smith. This record is published in many languages as a new and additional witness that Jesus Christ is the son of the living God and all that come onto him and obey his laws will be saved (Smith Jr., 1981). Joseph Smith believes that the Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth.
Gold and Silver plates of ancient writings were revealed to Joseph Smith on a hill in Manchester, Ontario County, New York, after repeated visions of an angel telling him to return to this place year after year. He...