Category Archives: Mormon Doctrines and Theology

Crash Course Mormonism: Kingdoms of Glory

By Eric Johnson After a person dies and the millennium is complete, judgment will take place and humans will be assigned to one of three kingdoms of glory for eternity. Those kingdoms are the celestial, the terrestrial, and the telestial kingdoms. Telestial kingdom This is compared in D&C 76 to the glory is that of the lesser, even […]

Crash Course Mormonism: Word of Wisdom

By Eric Johnson The Word of Wisdom is a special commandment found in Doctrine and Covenants 89 that leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claim was given by God. It teaches, among other things, that no “hot” drinks should be consumed and that alcohol and tobacco should be avoided. As far as […]

Crash Course Mormonism: Sacrament

By Eric Johnson Similar to the Protestant version of the “Lord’s Supper” or “communion,” the sacrament in Mormonism is passed out at the Sunday service in LDS chapels. It is comprised of bread and water. Latter-day Saints are supposed to repent of their sins at the time the sacrament is passed and remember the covenants they […]

Crash Course Mormonism: Baptism, Water

By Eric Johnson Mormonism teaches that baptism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is vital for a person to not only join the membership but also to receive salvation. Getting immersed into water–typically at a local LDS building–is known as baptismal regeneration. Verses from the Bible are often cited to support this teaching, […]

Crash Course Mormonism: Repentance

By Eric Johnson According to Mormonism, repentance is the process by which a church member receives forgiveness. The goal is ceasing all sin. As a church manual reports, “Our Father in heaven does not sin, and He does not allow people who sin to live with Him. To live with Him, we must repent of our sins. To repent means […]

Crash Course Mormonism: The Gospel

By Eric Johnson According to Mormonism, the Gospel includes all doctrines, principles, laws, ordinances, and covenants that are necessary for a Latter-day Saint to receive exaltation, also known as eternal life. The “restored Gospel” began with Joseph Smith and can be found only in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Seventh President Heber J. Grant stated […]

Crash Course Mormonism: Forgiveness

By Eric Johnson Forgiveness of sins according to Mormonism is available to those who repent and then are completely obedient to the covenants made at baptism, in sacrament services, and at the temple. Let’s take a closer look at all that is required. The Standard Works According to the Doctrine and Covenants, there are several aspects to receiving […]