Not every piece of doctrine or event in Church history is faith promoting. In fact, some of them can be downright disturbing. Missionaries who discover these harsh truths while on their mission often express that they feel tricked. By educating yourself early, you can make the decision for yourself.


Joseph SmithJoseph SmithFAQ
Our entire religion rests on whether or not Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. You had better be ready to answer any question about him.
Book of AbrahamBook of AbrahamFAQ
Those who fight against the church like to use this as their ‘proof’ that Smith wasn’t a prophet. Know the facts so you can assist those with a fragile testimony.

PolygamyPolygamyFAQ
Plural marriage is more than just polygamy – learn about polyandry and child brides.
Black MormonsBlack MormonsFAQ
Mormons are often accused of being racist, but what’s the Church’s true relationship with those of African descent.
ScienceScienceFAQ
Many people distrust religion because it seems to fight against science. Know where the church stands on these issues.

Gordon B. Hinckley - Former president of the LDS church“…we have nothing to hide. Our history is an open book. (…) the fact is the history of the church is clear and open and leads to faith and strength and virtues.”

~ Gordon B. Hinckley – Dec. 25, 2005

28 Responses to "What do Mormons Believe?"

  1. Terry Holland Posted on June 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    For all your pretended concern with the truth, you’re being awfully deceptive. Your intention isn’t to prepare missionaries and you’re not doing this in a faithful context. Your intention is to make fewer kids go on missions. I respect that you’re posting the facts about the church in order to get information out there, but it’s cowardly of you to misrepresent your motives. Please don’t disingenuously reply that your intentions are pure; I won’t be fooled.

    And don’t take this post down, unless you want somebody setting up a website accusing you of whitewashing your own history.

    • Kevin
      Kevin Posted on June 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Terry,

      You know only harm comes from pointing fingers at others without giving a reason. Why don’t you maturely list the reason you feel this article is bias?

    • @Untruechurch
      @Untruechurch Posted on January 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      “I won’t be fooled” says the Mormon. Ahh the irony!

  2. Gotcha Posted on June 13, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    This site is so obviously a fake, it’s lol funny.

    Even the discussions/responses seem contrived. That whiteanddelightsome dude is one sick fake puppy.

  3. Chris Posted on June 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    What parts make you think that the site’s creator doesn’t have good intentions? My son just told me he really wishes he saw this site before he went on his mission. He says it would’ve been very helpful because people do bring up these questions.

  4. Terry Holland Posted on June 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Kevin, I’m going to assume you’re not being intellectually dishonest.

    I’ve gone into more detail on a few of the other pages, but the clearest way to tell this website is not genuine is by looking at the absurd facts and questions that are listed. Highly academic questions about things like Masons and Book of Abraham scholarship that I was asked perhaps once or twice on my mission. Having been on a mission, I know that these questions are not realistic.

    There are many realistic, common, difficult investigator concerns they could address such as, “I don’t feel welcome at church” or “I don’t see why I have to give up having wine with dinner.” But the site creators haven’t addressed those types of concerns. They’ve addressed precisely the same issues that are raised by ex-Mormons, and not the issues raised by investigators. This site does not effectively prepare missionaries, and it is clearly not intended to.

    The other dead giveaway is the very positive response this site has had at reddit.com/r/exmormon. If you’re familiar with that portion of reddit, you will agree that no faith-promoting site would be praised in that forum.

  5. Amy Posted on June 26, 2013 at 9:24 am

    If I had known about these issues before going on a mission, I would have NEVER tried to sell this organization as a religion. Thank you for getting the issues out to the young people of the church before they decide to go on a 2 year brainwashing experience for a dishonest organization that lies to it’s membership. GREAT SITE! I will be sending my nephews here so they can get the full story and decide for themselves.

    • Isaac
      Isaac Posted on June 22, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      you know I really don’t appreciate this unkind statement. What if somebody said that about your religion?

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous Posted on March 12, 2016 at 6:19 am

      Hi Amy,
      As an investigator of the Mormon faith, I feel the way you do. At this point I have doubts about joining their congregation. Their rules for Elders & Sister’s to abide to is bothering me. Feel sad for the young missionaries who instead of being in school are sacrificing their time serving the congregation..
      ANONYMOUS.

  6. Richard Doyle Posted on July 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Yes you are missing something. You should let the (to be) missionaries know that Jospeh Smith practiced Polyandry. He married woman who were married to other men. Brigham Young married some of JS’s wives after he was martyerd. I dont see an expnation for the blood atonement either. Or BY’s comment to the saints about marrying someone who is african american. BY stated that if one marries a balck person they are damned (Journal of Discourses).

    A kittke more detail on the history of the church would be helpful as well.

  7. Ian Posted on August 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Most of this information is true, but I’m inclined to agree that this site takes basically true information and presents it in a way that, while seemingly “matter-of-fact”, is designed to shock readers unfamiliar with its content because it does not go into any detail for why, as Latter-day Saints, these things may have been divinely inspired. The “Polygamy” page contains a classic and insidious example: “11 of Joseph Smith’s wives were already married to other men”. The way this is phrased suggests Joseph Smith took other men’s wives for his own – one must assume sexual – purposes. However, if the authors of the site actually cared about strengthening testimonies, they’d go on to explain the sealing doctrine as it was understood at that early date, which completely changes how readers view “Joseph Smith married other men’s wives!!!” You may fool some, FutureMissionary.com, but not those of us with brains.

    • Judy
      Judy Posted on January 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you for telling the true history about our church. Thank you for helping my brother understand these issues before his mission. He was prepared to help resolve the concerns of many of his investigators on his mission in Dallas. The truth is the truth and will stand on its own when exposed to he light of day. Even if the information hurts our feelings, integrity demands knowing what is real. Faith is built on what is real. The truth about Joseph Smith and his polyandry, polygamy, etc. hurts because it was never taught by the LDS church before, but, like Christ said, the truth will set you free.

  8. Ticky Posted on August 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Terry,

    Faith-promoting does not mean truth-promoting. Some think that truth is more important than faith and some think the reverse. I served in Germany and the mission was not even close to the sugar-coated message I received growing up. It would have been nice to know the real side of a mission and to know actual answers to questions. Instead I spent 2 years depressed out of my mind because I could not convert people. I felt like I had failed everyday of my mission because reality did not match the primary stories I was feed.

  9. Rich Posted on August 13, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Its the tone of this website that is biased. Its not what is presented, but how. Tone completely changes meaning.
    “Will she wait for me?
    Statistically your chances are super low. In fact, she’s far more likely to marry your friend who decided not to go on a mission. However, it does happen occasionally.”

    While all of that is true, it is said in a way that discourages missionary service. If you weren’t trying to disuade people, you would have left the sentence starting “In fact, she’s…” completely out. Sure, its a fun fact, but there are a thousand other facts that you could have given. You just so happened to choose the one that shows a benefit of not serving a mission.

    • Isaac
      Isaac Posted on June 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      I agree, there’s is definitely a a biased website I am offended as a member of the church, and this site seems to be intended to offend and discourage people.

  10. Terry Holland Posted on August 15, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Ticky,

    I don’t oppose proliferating these truths in general. What I oppose is Mormons who no longer believe pretending they believe, and pretending that their intention is to prepare future missionaries in a faithful context. What they are really doing is presenting the most uncomfortable facts about the LDS Church. That’s fine, but they should just own up to it. To the creators: grow up and don’t hide behind anonymity and a pretended believing identity.

  11. Nicene Posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Fact: All LDS followers believe in the “The articles of Faith”, Yet you insist on calling yourselves Christian

    Fact: All Christians Believe in the Nicene Creed, Not part of or some, But all of it.

    Fact: There are 3 sects of Christianity: Catholicism, Orthodoxism & Protestantism

    Fact: Christians do NOT believe in the “Articles of Faith” Period!

    So for Mormons to say they are Christian but they do not believe in the Nicene Creed is the same as Christians saying they are Mormon but they do not believe in the “Articles of Faith”, You believe it has a whole or you dont! There is no half or partial believing. Calling yourselves Christians does NOT make you such, Christianity has a long history which hasn’t changed, Talmage can write about apostasy, But he was never there to witness his claims. This is the simplest explanation that one can give, And to challenge it shows ignorance.

  12. Charles Posted on February 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Nicene,

    Christianity is based on fellowship with Christ and nothing else. You act as if the defining moment in Christianity was the writing of this creed and not the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    • Steve
      Steve Posted on February 7, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Charles, which Christ are we talking about? The Christ who has a brother named Satan..the Christ who was conceived by sexual means..the Christ that had a family…Other then the name “Jesus”, the Mormon and Christian Jesus are two completely different beings.

  13. Genny Posted on April 5, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Terry, I would discuss all of these issues and more with missionaries, and I have. There is no way that anyone with a strong bible background would buy any of this stuff. It’s no wonder the church tries to keep this stuff from its members. They would have a lot fewer members. There is an amazing, overwhelming batch of strange facts and history in this church. Personally I don’t know how you get a single convert. One has to completely turn the brain off to buy one spec of it.

  14. Lee L. Posted on April 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Nicene,

    FACT: Jesus didn’t write the Nicene Creed
    FACT: The Nicene Creed isn’t in the Bible or any other book of scripture
    FACT: Early writings and coptic texts clearly show that early Christians didn’t teach the Nicene Creed dogmas, yet many of them had been taught by Peter and Paul
    FACT: The Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul were Christians, even though they didn’t teach the tenets of the Nicene Creed
    FACT: The Nicene Creed was adopted by a popular vote that was far from unanimous. What if the other voters had had a stronger showing that day? Would God have rearranged His law to keep with those ballots?
    FACT: Jesus has the power to save even if I don’t know exactly what substance his body is composed of, or where He is right now, or if He decided to get married or not in this world or the next. The idea of a 3-in-1 God is irrelevant to grace and salvation. Mormonism is a great faith, and we may not have everything just perfect. But, I can guarantee that Catholicism doesn’t have it perfect, that the 1,000 different Protestant denominations that contradict one another don’t have it perfect, and that the Nicene Creed isn’t perfect, either. Luckily, Jesus IS, and He loves all of us in spite of our infighting enough to save us if we have faith in Him. God bless you in the path.

    • Bill
      Bill Posted on April 18, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Well said.

  15. Terry Holland Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I would point out to anyone who still looks at this site that I was right when I accused the site’s creators of lying about believing in the church. They’ve since updated their “Who are we?” page.

    • Elder J
      Elder J Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks so much for being such a vocal member of this little community. To be clear, when you made the accusation, you were incorrect. After much study and prayer, we no longer believe. That’s why we’ve updated the ‘Who are We’ page – to be honest with our users. :)

  16. Norton R. Nowlin, M.A. Posted on November 6, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    I was an active convert Mormon elder for 30 years, from 1970 until 2000, doing mainly missionary work in the USA, Japan, and Okinawa. In that time, I knew Bruce McConkie, LeGrande Richards, and Marion Romney personally. I didn’t realize that the Mormon doctrine and theology that I was parroting during that time was blasphemy. In 2000, I read the history of the Adam-God Doctrine, read the journal of N. John Nuttall, Brigham Young’s personal secretary, and realized that Young had placed the “Lecture Before the Veil,” his doctrine of Adam being the Mormon god of this earth, and Eve, his celestial wife having all the spirit children that would eventually come to the earth. That was the beginning of my thorough investigation of the transitive world of Mormon theology. In 1984, the Melchizedek Priesthood Study Guide, “Search These Commandments,” was published. The Study Guide was published under the direction of Apostle Gordon B. Hinckley, the culprit of the Mormon Murders in 1985 committed by Scott Hoffman in SLC. If Gordy Hinckley had testified against Hoffman in the federal trial, Hoffman would received the death penalty, but Hinckley lied about his association with Hoffman and refused to testify against him. Anyway, in the 1984 Melchizedek Priesthood Study Guide, there was a “Lesson 21,” a lesson that is only published by the Mormon Church once every 25 years. The title of “Lesson 21″ was, and is, “Man May Become Like God,” and it is a recitation of Joseph Smith’s “King Follett Discourse,” the essence of true Mormon theology. In it is the damning information that will turn-off every investigator being taught the lies about the BOM told by full-time Mormon missionaries, like I was for so many years. The reason that investigators don’t know to ask the Mormon missionaries about the “King Follett Discourse” is because they know nothing about it. But that is about to change.

    Since I have realized how much I need the saving, redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, and, as a Christian, have given myself to the Lord Jesus after the Holy Spirit bore witness to me,, in the year 2000, of the pagan blasphemy of Mormonism, I realize what I must do for Jesus. In the 30 years that I served Satan in Mormonism, I lied to 65 souls, struggling Christians, persuading them to accept Mormonism. For this I am extremely ashamed, and, like the Apostle Paul, I am a chief sinner. I realize that trying to persuade TBMs that Mormonism is Christian heresy is very difficult. So, I am allying myself with several large Christian congregations on the East Coast, West Coast, and in Southwest USA to get the information out to every individual and family being taught by Mormon ward and full-time missionaries about “Lesson 21,” which shouts the canonized Mormon doctrine and theology that the Mormon god, with a capital G, was a human man, and that all Mormon elders are commanded to strive to be as great as the Mormon father god, as Lorenzo Snow thought he was; and to become gods, with a capital G, to create their own planets and to procreate spirit children to populate their earths. Do think a struggling Christian would want to hear anymore about Mormonism if he, or she, knew what Gordon B. Hinckley, the liar, denied on the Larry King Show in 1999? King asked Hinckley if the Mormons believed that God the Father was a man, and Hinckley replied, “We don’t know much about that.” You Mormon missionaries had also better read “Lesson 21,” because when the individuals and families, to whom you are lying about Mormon doctrine, find out about the real theology of Mormonism, they are going to ask you to leave. How will they find out? You leave that to the real Christian communities around the country. We will be a sly a serpents, but as innocent as doves to find out where you are going every day. We are the watchers, who will see that “Lesson 21″ is distributed throughout the USA before the coming of the Lord Jesus. There’s a lot a soul-saving that must be done before he returns to reign vengeance on those who blaspheme the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

  17. Anonymous Posted on November 9, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    You all want to know the truth about the prophet Joseph smith and B’Y,and also about the the polygamy stuff’s right? But you guy have all for gotten that God thus his things in his own way. Who are you to judge the kind of life they lived as a matter of fact they left a very huge legacy how about about you who is judging remember that God said do not touch my anointed one,your abusive words are now touching the anointed one, my brethren let think of leaving our own legacy and stop the judgement!!!!!! Do you know what Moses,David,Paul,ect did ,now why judge the anointed one of the latter days

  18. Norton R. Nowlin, M.A. Posted on June 10, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    If anyone would like to receive a PDF copy of “Lesson 21-Man May Become Like God,” please contact me at my email address and I will promptly send it out. Please use “Lesson 21″ to acquaint struggling Christians about polytheistic Mormon theology before they are deceived by the full-time Mormon missionaries.

  19. Norton R. Nowlin Posted on March 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    For those individuals reading this commentary, who would like to have a PDF copy of “Lesson 21 – Man May Become Like god,” please contact me at the following email address, written in a different form, (nrnowlin AT Yahoo . com)

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