I’m a Mormon
I am a Christian, and belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (L.D.S. or Mormons for short). We believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. We believe that we must be saved by faith on Jesus Christ, and that faith without works is dead. We read the Bible and also the Book of Mormon, which is scripture written by prophets in the Americas during roughly the same era as the Bible, and recounts the story of Christ’s visit to the American continent after His resurrection.
The Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith, who in 1820 as a boy of fourteen saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in a vision. He was told that the authority to guide Christ’s Church had been lost with the death of His Apostles, along with many precious truths and doctrines. During the next two decades, he experienced a number of angelic ministrations and was visited by the resurrected Peter, James, and John, who gave him the authority to restore Christ’s Church to the earth again.
Our Church today has a living prophet and twelve Apostles, who hold the same keys and authority as the ancient prophets and Apostles of the Bible and receive revelation from God to guide the Church. We also believe that members of the Church should pray to God directly to be guided by the Holy Ghost in our lives. We have a lay clergy, so all offices and positions in the Church are filled by unpaid members. Individual members also speak and teach lessons during weekly meetings and Sunday School.
Some of the important things we do in our Church are service for the needy, preaching the Gospel throughout the world, and essential ordinances like baptism by immersion, the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, and marriage for eternity. Family is very important to us, and we try to spend lots of time together and also learn about our ancestors. We attend church every Sunday at our chapel, but we also have temples where we go to be sealed to each other so that we can be reunited and live together as families after death.
When I was twenty-one, I spent a wonderful year and a half in Chile, teaching people about my faith and inviting them to be baptized. I love answering questions about my church. If you wish you can also find more in-depth coverage of our beliefs at Mormon.org.