Reflections on Pew’s ‘Mormons in America’ Study

Reflections on Pew’s ‘Mormons in America’ Study

In a world where we often are looking for answers to big questions, we search long and hard to find our results. In business for example, companies will spend millions of dollars doing research to find out why their competitors are doing better than they are, or one department will accuse another department of not doing their part and that is why there was failure. When all is said and done, more often than not, the answers are usually found in our own backyard, so to speak.

Mormons in America Pew ForumThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has been a global religion for a number of years now.  Even though it is the fourth-largest religion in the United States,  many here in America are just now starting to understand what it is the ‘Mormons’ believe. Ironically enough, those that are of the LDS faith are now being put in a position to more clearly understand their faith so when they are questioned, they can respond with genuineness and correctness. With the amount of attention that ‘Mormons’ are receiving, in large part because of the political landscape and very deliberate branding campaigns by the Church, getting a better understanding of the ‘Mormons’ is a very hot and trending activity. (more…)

About Mormons: Grace and Works

About Mormons: Grace and Works

It’s the end of 2011, leading up to a U.S. presidential election, and everywhere you turn, Mormons and Mormonism are in the news.  First came the accusation that “Mormons” (actually members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) do not believe in biblical Christianity, because they don’t believe that faith alone is enough to get a person to heaven.  They say that as soon as you introduce the necessity for works, then you’re not a biblical Christian — at least that is the stance of Pastor Jeffress, who created the stir.  In his view, Catholics are not historical, biblical Christians, either.  A little clarification of Latter-day Saint beliefs would help, and we can begin by saying that Latter-day Saints believe that all followers of Jesus Christ, all who call Him Creator and Savior, are Christians.

Jesus Christ grace mormonLatter-day Saints do believe that works are important, that “faith without works is dead” (James 2: 15, 18, 26).  Matthew 19:17 says, “…but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”

Mormons define “works” as repentance, making and keeping covenants, keeping the commandments of Christ, loving God with all our heart, and being charitable. (more…)

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