What Are the Central Beliefs of Mormonism?


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Mormons believe in the basic tenants of Christianity. They believe that Christ is the son of God, that his death on the cross redeems mankind of its sins and allows mankind into heaven to live with God eternally. They also believe that the original church of Christ has been restored.

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Mormons are members of the Church of Latter-day Saints. They refer to God as "the Heavenly Father" and believe that mankind is made in his image. They use the term "Godhead" to encompass God, his son Jesus and the Holy Ghost, referred to in other denominations as the Holy Trinity.

Mormons use the Bible and believe it to be a sacred text. In addition, they have the Book of Mormon, which they believe is another testament of Jesus Christ. It contains the accounts of ancient prophets and accounts of God's interactions with peoples on the American continent. They consider it a sacred text.

The Church of Latter-day Saints believes in modern prophets and apostles. The church is led by the "First Presidency," which is a group of three apostles. They are assisted by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Both women and men are allowed to lead as they are believed to be equal in the eyes of God.

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