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Questions and Answers

Q. How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible?
A. The Holy Bible testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ. It is a collection of sacred writings containing God’s revelations and accounts of His dealings with His children in the Holy Land.
The Book of Mormon is a record of the teachings and revelations from Christ and God to the ancient people of the Americas.
Q. How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?
A.  In 1820 Joseph Smith, then 14 prayed about what church to join and which church was true. In answer, God and Christ appeared to him. Through messengers later sent to Joseph Smith the location of The Book of Mormon was revealed and he translated it from reformed Egyptian to English by the power of God.
Q. Who wrote the Book of Mormon?
A. The Book of Mormon was written by ancient American prophets. These prophets lived from 2000 B.C. to about 400 A.D. and taught of Jesus Christ. It is called the Book of Mormon because Mormon, an ancient American prophet who lived around 400 A.D., compiled most of the record.
Q. Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?
A. The Book of Mormon tells of the resurrected Jesus Christ and His visit to His faithful followers in ancient America. After His visits to His disciples in the Old World, He descended out of heaven and appeared to His followers in ancient America.
Q. What is the Book of Mormon?
A.  The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets.
Q. What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?
A. As you study the scriptures, you will grow closer to God and be better able to live righteously. Scripture study will bring you more joy, hope, and understanding of God’s plan and your place in that plan it.
Q. Who started /founded the Mormon Church?
A.  In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth.
Q. Where did the name “Mormon” come from?
A.  The name ‘Mormon’ is a nickname because of the Church’s belief in the Book of Mormon (ancient scripture revealed to and recorded by prophets in the Americas during the same time the Bible was being written in the Old World.)
Q. What do Mormons believe?
A.  When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He organized His Church so that all people could receive His gospel and return one day to live with God, our Heavenly Father. After Jesus Christ died, was resurrected and ascended to heaven, His Apostles continued to receive revelation from Him through the Holy Ghost on how to direct the work of His Church. However, after they were killed, members changed the teachings of the Church that He had established. While many good people and some truth remained, this Apostasy, or general falling away from the truth, brought about the withdrawal of the Church from the earth.  In 1820, Jesus Christ began to restore His Church in its fullness to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Mormons believe the Bible and Jesus’ teachings in revelations to modern-day Apostles and Prophets. Mormons believe that their church is the same as the original church Jesus established when He was on the earth
Q.  Are Mormons Christians?
A.  Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), said: “We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more and more widely recognized. Once upon a time people everywhere said we are not Christians. They have come to recognize that we are, and that we have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church.
Q. What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?
A. Mormons treasure the Bible as the word of God, as revealed to prophets in the Old World. It is a close companion, neither overshadowed by nor superseded by, the Book of Mormon, which provides a consistent message of the divinity of Jesus Christ and of His mission and role in our eternal progression.
Q. Who are the Mormons?
A.  Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was organized in 1830. As of 2010 the Church had a worldwide membership of approximately 14 million people. The Church headquarters in Salt Lake City Utah.

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