Many people have varying ideas about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It has been said that the Mormons are a cult out to destroy the beliefs of the other Christian churches. Some believe that they are not a true Christian church, that they hide their beliefs from investigators of their religion, and they keep important details of their religion secret until after you have become a member. It is also said that they are not Christian because they use The Book of Mormon instead of the Bible. Cults that are formed today do not believe in Jesus Christ as the savior. Christian churches are the only ones that claim Jesus to be the savior.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was founded around 1850. If a cult had any intentions to undermine the beliefs of other religions, lead people to kill themselves or others, and turn people away from Christianity, they would not wait more than 150 years to do so. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not hide its beliefs. They have no problem explaining their beliefs and scriptures to other people. They send Missionaries around the world to teach people about the correct views of the church. The Temple ordinances are hidden because they are sacred and meant to be for only special instances.
All of the members must follow the laws of the church to be found worthy to participate. Mormons do not know anything about them until they attend for the first time. The Book of Mormon is not a replacement Bible to the Mormons. It goes along with the Bible and consistently concedes many things found in the Bible. In the Bible a latter day prophet is discussed and it is said that he will restore the true and correct church. Joseph Smith, who translated ancient scrolls with a third grade education, was this latter day prophet.
He received inspiration from God that the true church Jesus created was no longer on Earth. After translating the scrolls, he began teaching and finding new members to help him restore the true church to the Earth. This is why Mormons believe that their church is the only correct and true church. The Mormons have been ridiculed for many years because of their different practices. Although many people who are uninformed about the church believe it is wrong, it still continues to grow. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is now the second wealthiest church in the world.
It gains new members everyday, and is continuously growing stronger.