Key Tenets of Mormon Faith
By The Associated Press – 9 hours ago
Key tenets of the Mormon faith:
_Nature of God: God once was a mortal who became an eternal being after a great trial.
_Jesus Christ: Christ was God's first-born spirit child, his only earthly child and the only perfect mortal.
_No Trinity: Mormons reject the idea of the Christian Trinity — God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as one ethereal being. Instead, they believe the three are separate beings joined in a common purpose.
_Pre-existence and the afterlife: Before their mortal birth, humans existed in pre-mortality and were born in the spirit world to heavenly parents. Mormons also believe in the resurrection and teach that most people will receive some measure of salvation and have a place in a three-level eternal kingdom.
_One true church: Mormons say their faith is not Protestant, Catholic or Orthodox but holds a unique place as "restored New Testament Christianity." Founder Joseph Smith said God told him none of the existing churches were practicing Christianity as it was intended.
_ A living prophet: Mormons believe the head of their church is a living prophet, seer and revelator who can communicate with God.