October 20, 2011  
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“Mormons” is a nickname (a misnomer, really) for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  People have nicknamed them “Mormons,” because of a volume of scripture called the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  The Book of Mormon is so named, because an ancient  warrior-prophet named Mormon abridged and compiled the scriptural record of his people, a branch of Israelites that had been led away by God to the Americas.

MormonsMembers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are more properly known as “Latter-day Saints,” to distinguish them from the original followers of Jesus Christ, whom the original apostles called “Saints.”  The LDS Church is the complete restoration of that ancient, original church, with its authority, power, and doctrines intact.  The ancient church of Christ was restored in this way to prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

“Mormons” must not be confused with any reclusive sect, especially a sect that practices polygamy.  Some of these sects call themselves “Mormons,” but they are not.  Most have never been Mormons, and those that have been may have been excommunicated for practicing plural marriage.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had over 14 million members by 2011, all over the world.  It was in that year the fourth largest church in the United States and one of few still growing.  Mormons do not cloister themselves or live on reclusive compounds.  They dress according to the styles of the day in the countries where they live, although they try to be modest in dress.

Mormons stand out for several reasons.  Most noticeable is their abstinence from addictive substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea.  The health law of the Church was given in 1832 by revelation from God to Prophet Joseph Smith.  The introduction to the revelation, now found in Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants, is very enlightening.  It says:  “Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation…(D&C 89:4).  No one knew at the time how dangerous these substances were, or the lengths to which designing men would go to make money from selling these substances.

Mormons tend to be “light-brights.”  They have a squeaky-clean, shiny appearance, partially because of their clean-cut lifestyle, and partly because dedicated members have been blessed with the “gift of the Holy Ghost,” the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit.  This imbues them with light.  A person manifesting this light should have been born again, and will strive to live according to Christ’s example.   He or she should be kind and charitable, approachable no matter how high his/her vocation or calling in life.

Mormons are well-known because of their orientation toward happy family life.  The family is central both to the doctrines and structure of the Church, and all things in the Church are organized toward supporting and uplifting the family.  Mormons tend to have larger families than is common in most modern societies.   They are counseled not to postpone or prevent children from coming into the home for materialistic reasons.  Many Mormons go through advanced education with children in tow.  Family prayer, family home evening, and family scripture reading are part of Mormon family life.  But so are hard work, self-reliance, development of talents, emphasis on education, and good wholesome recreation, part of Mormon family life.   Mormon parents hope their children will grow up to be moral people of integrity and honesty, good citizens, and that they will have had the opportunity to gain an education and develop their talents.  It is important to Mormon parents that children not follow blindly the tenets of the faith, but that they gain their own anchoring spiritual witness that Jesus is the Christ, and that His church has been restored.  In keeping with this witness, devoted Mormon parents raise their children to look forward to eternal marriage in a holy temple, and the possibility of serving a full-time mission for the Church.

Mormons may be found in any walk of life, as long as the profession is honorable.  Mormons in politics include…

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Lately, the “Mormon” Church has launched an ad campaign called “I’m a Mormon” in many U.S. cities and Australia.  The campaign is so you can get to know us better.  Following are a few of the ads.

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