Mormon Beliefs

The Mormon religion is approximately 150 years old, having been found in the middle 1800's in the United States. Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith, an American who was born and raised in the Northeast United States. The church's headquarters moved West to Salt Lake City, Utah a few decades after it was founded.

The formal name for the Mormon community is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (i.e. LDS). As their name suggests, Mormons profess to follow Jesus Christ of the New Testament, and some adherents even accept the label "Christian."

Mormon doctrines, however, are often very different from orthodox Christian teaching. For example, Mormons don't believe in the Trinity, they do believe that God the Father has a physical body (this is different than Christian teaching), and furthermore they deny the eternal nature of Christ and the deity (or "Godhood") of the Holy Spirit.

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Thirteen Articles of Faith

Basic Mormon beliefs are expressed in the "Thirteen Articles of Faith," which were listed by Joseph Smith when he was asked about the basic beliefs of the Church.

Godhead, Not Trinity

Unlike Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christianity, Mormonism does not include belief in a Trinity, in which the one God consists of three persons. Mormons do, however, believe in a "Godhead." {1} (See the article for explaination.)

God, the Heavenly Father

Mormonism is unique, however, in its belief that God has a physical body.

Jesus Christ

Mormons do not agree with mainstream Christians that Jesus is the eternal Word of God or God himself.

Holy Spirit

Mormonism departs from mainstream Christianity in teaching that the Holy Spirit is a "one in purpose with the Father and the Son, but is a separate being" rather than an aspect of God or part of a Trinity.


Because Mormons believe that people originally lived with God as spirits before being sent to this world, salvation in Mormonism means returning to God after this life.

Death and Afterlife

Mormons believe that all humans who die will live eternally.

Human Nature and Purpose of Life

Mormons view humans as ultimately spirits, who lived with God as spirits before they were born on earth. References: 1. The Holy Spirit

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TitleMormon Beliefs
UpdatedNovember 10, 2015
MLA Citation“Mormon Beliefs.” 10 Nov. 2015. Web. Accessed 21 Oct. 2016. <>