What Do Mormons Believe?

The tenets of Mormonism originate from a series of golden plates that founder Joseph Smith claims to have translated. Key aspects of Mormon faith are the beliefs that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that he appeared in the Western Hemisphere.

Joseph Smith created the Book of Mormon, the fundamental document of the faith, from golden plates that he claimed contained a second testimony of Jesus Christ and records of his appearances to people in the Western Hemisphere. The Church believes that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are all separate beings and that humans continue to exist eternally after death. The Church also follows the Old and New Testament, and the King James Bible is its official version of the text. As with other faiths, Mormonism has internal divisions that differ slightly in their views and practices.

Plural marriage was practiced by the Church until 1890, when pressure from the U.S. government put an end to it. Contemporary practices of Mormons include a prohibition against alcohol, caffeine and tobacco; sending missionaries from door to door; and the wearing of particular religious garments in certain circumstances. Some common misconceptions about Mormonism are that the faith discriminates against women and believes that God lives on a planet called Kolob.