Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormonism

What's the difference between Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormonism?

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Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses are two well-known religions in the United States. While there are significant differences between the two faiths, there are also similarities. For example, the religions were founded within approximately 50 years of each other in the 1800's on the American East Coast, both began with founders who were dissatisfied with orthodox Christianity, and adherents of both faiths participate in missionary activities.

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Yet Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe the same things about God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. They disagree strongly on the nature of the afterlife, on the importance of religious holidays, and they have different sacred books.

The chart below is intended to help the reader to organize the convictions of these two religions and links lead to more in-depth articles.


Jehovah's Witnesses
(main page)


(main page)

Religious Authority

The New World Translation (NWT)
of the Bible

The Book of Mormon
The Doctrines and Covenants
The Pearl of Great Price
The Bible (KJV)

Bible Sections

"Hebrew Scriptures" and "Christian Greek Scriptures"

(See Jehovah's Witnesses texts)
"Old Testament" and "New Testament"


Jehovah The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three distinct beings who are "one in purpose";


Rejected Mormons reject the Trinity
but accept a "Godhead"
  Also see: The Trinity in Christianity
See Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs

See Mormonism beliefs

Identity of Jesus Christ

Son of God, Word of God, God's first creation, Archangel Michael

Son of God, Savior, originally one of the spirit beings that all humans used to be (see Jesus Christ). Has a physical body.
  Also see: Jesus Christ in Christianity

Holy Spirit

God's active force (impersonal) A spirit being who is a separate being from God and Jesus.
  Also see: The Holy Spirit in Christianity

Results of Fall

Physical and spiritual death
entered the world
Denied (see Human Nature)

Free will

Free to do good or evil Free to do good or evil

Purpose of Christ's Incarnation

Teach about God, provide a model for right living, die sacrificially for human sin Teach about God, provide a model for right living, die sacrificially for human sin

Means of Christ's Execution

Crucifixion on an upright stake
(no crossbar)
Crucifixion on a cross

Resurrection of Christ?



Both faith and works;
works emphasized.
Both faith and works; works emphasized
  See Jehovah's Witnesses main page
See Mormonism main page

Second Chance After Death?

YesYes, during a period of "learning and preparation" after death
Souls of wicked are annihilated, a select few Witnesses go to Heaven, other Witnesses enjoy a paradise earth for eternity

All spirits go to the spirit world, undergo preparation, then rejoin with bodies in the resurrection (see Afterlife). The good spend the intervening time in spirit paradise, while the wicked go to spirit prison.
Exists in the sense of a place of the dead (Jesus went there), but hellfire does not exist; idea was invented by Satan to turn people from Jehovah.

The wicked enter an unpleasant "spirit prison" prior to judgment; after that, only the most obstinately wicked (like Satan) will be consigned to "Outer Darkness" for eternity.

Place of Worship

Kingdom Hall Chapel or Temple
Meaning of SacramentsSymbolic acts commanded by Christ
Ordinances are covenants between man and God and a means of grace. Some of them are necessary for salvation.

Number of Sacraments

Two: Baptism and Lord's Supper Include baptism, confirmation, the sacrament (Lord's Supper), laying on of hands, ordination, temple endowment, and marriage sealing.


The watchtower No official symbol; cross is not used; the angel Moroni raising a trumpet is seen atop Mormon temples (See Mormon symbols)


Memorial of Christ's Death only Easter, Christmas, national and local holidays, birthdays, celebrations of events in Mormon history
  Also see: Easter in Christianity
See Jehovah's Witnesses symbols

See Mormon symbols

Involvement in Politics

Minimal Full

Blood Transfusions

Rejected Accepted


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