So What's the Difference - Mormonism
While not intended to be inclusive, the following chart provides a basic summary for comparison and discussion.
Worldview Mormons / Latter Day Saints
Authority The Bible, the Word of God Book of Mormon (direct quotation of
The only infallible source of truth 86% of the King James Bible, plus)
Teaching of Joseph Smith - the
supreme authority. No closed canon,
God speaks through leaders today.
Only source of Bible, Word of God Bible is a resource, but not primary.
truth 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16
Core Beliefs 1 Corinthians 15:1-3 Jesus Gods (there has been an eternal
was crucified, died, buried succession of gods.)
& rose from the dead. Joseph Smith & successors are
Ephesians 4:4-6 - one Body God's mouthpiece.
(church composed of all Keep the commandments.
believers), one Spirit, one Temple / Missionary service
hope of your calling (heaven),
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God & Father of us all.
Salvation by Faith in Jesus Alone General (for mankind) - faith in
John 3:16; 14:6 Jesus for forgiveness of Adam's Ephesians 2:8-9 sin which all inherit.
Romans chapter 3, 10:9,17 Individual - works of personal service
thru Latter Day Saints Church
Life of faith Loving God & Others (Luke 9:27) Works / "valiant service" of the Latter
characterized by Living for Jesus (the walk) & Day Saints Church.
imitators of His life
Ephesians chapters 4 thru 6 Blacks not permitted in church until
Colossians 3:1-4:6 1978.
Telling others of Jesus 2 Cor. 5 Polygamy practiced.
Afterlife belief Millennial kingdom - Jesus will 3 Realms:
return & reign for 1,000 year as Celestial - highest level for the faithful
promised. Revelation 20:4 where they become gods.
Heaven, paradise, the New Terrestrial - place of second chance for
Jerusalem - eternal the unfaithful and backslidden. Will
Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation never see the current God the Father.
chapter 21 & 22. Telestial - for the wicked after they've
Hell - place of eternal suffering been cleansed in hell. Will never see
for those who rejected God & Jesus or the current God the Father.
Jesus. Revelation 20:10-15