Mormonism – Distinguish Between Truth and Error
When trying to learn about Mormonism you may have wondered, “how do I know what information about Mormonism is accurate and true?” There are so many different conceptions of the Mormon faith that trying to get a straight answer can seem almost impossible. Yet, the question is a good one—how can one discern which voices to listen to and which voices are simply deceptive? The Internet provides incredible access to thousands of websites full of information, but not all of the information is as good as other information, and not all of the information is true.
Whether you are interested in learning a lot about Mormonism, or you are just curious because you heard something in passing and you wanted to find out a little more, we have some tools to help answer your questions. The truth is, before you can really make an informed decision on the Mormon religion, you need to understand some of the most foundational or basic beliefs professed by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (AKA Mormons). And that is where we fit in.
The purpose of this website is to provide basic understanding of basic concepts in Mormonism. In other words, we have created this website to equip you for your own journey through the milieu of ideas and opinions you will encounter. Because you simply can’t believe all of the voices; they can’t all be right.
What kinds of tools do you need?
- Depending on your own religious (or irreligious) background you will need to understand some of the basic tenants of Christianity including its central figure Jesus Christ and the purpose and use of scripture within the Christian context.
- You will need to understand Mormonism’s founder Joseph Smith in the context of his role in Mormonism and the claims that he made to be a prophet.
- You will need, at the very least, a working understanding of the vocabulary and jargon used by Mormons, including how they understand and use some of the basic vocabulary of Christianity.
- You will need to understand the role of prayer from the Mormon perspective. Mormons believe that you can actually communicate with God on a personal level. Understanding how and why they believe this will help you see how they understand truth.
- And finally, you will need to understand some of the attitudes and feelings that are characteristic in Mormonism in order to provide context.
These tools should provide you with the foundational knowledge you need to begin studying Mormonism. But these are only tools. In
the end, as you well know, you will have to decide what you think on your own. And when it comes to an issue as hotly debated as Mormonism, this deserves study, time, and thought. It is easy to dismiss a religion (any religion) if you don’t know much about it, but on an issue as important as religion, one has an obligation to find out more before making the final verdict. Rather than being uninformed and ignorant, your verdict should be well-informed and knowledgeable.
The Mormonism Conversation
After all is said and done, whether you agree with the tenants of Mormonism or not, you will be able to understand the conversation better, you will be able to better interact with Mormons themselves, and you will develop an appreciation of what Mormonism contributes to the religious, theological, and philosophical conversations of our era.
While this is not an official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, you can visit the official site here.