Teachings Of Joseph Smith

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

Saints has a number of teachings that sets it apart from other Christian

religions. Joseph Smith was instrumental in establishing the unique

doctrines.

Nature of God

Joseph

Smith saw God the Father

and Jesus Christ in a vision. Because of the vision the Mormon Church

teaches that God and Christ have bodies like a man and that God and

Christ are two distinct beings.

Joseph Smith taught that man is made

in the image of God and that He is the Heavenly Father of all mankind.

God is concerned about His children and hears and answers their prayers.

God wants mankind to progress and become like Him. His son, Jesus Christ

is our example of what God is like and of His love for man.

Jesus Christ

Joseph Smith wrote, "And now, after

the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony,

last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even

on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that

he is the Only Begotten of the Father."1 Joseph Smith

also testified that Christ was the Savior of the world and it was only

through Him that mankind could be saved.

Members of the Mormon Church are taught to pray in the name of Christ and

follow His example.

Plan of Salvation

The Prophet

Joseph Smith taught that

all mankind existed as spirits and lived with God in heaven before they

were born. The purpose of life is to be tested, to become like Christ,

and eventually return to live with God.

Concerning the resurrection Joseph Smith

said, "I will merely say that all men will come from the grave

as they lie down; whether old or young, there will not be added unto

their stature one cubit, neither taken from it." He also taught

that children who die are sinless "having been redeemed by the

blood of the Lamb." 2

While Joseph Smith was studying the Bible

he said, "It appeared self-evident from what truths were left,

that if God rewarded every one according to the deeds done in the body,

the term ‘Heaven,’ as intended for the Saints’ eternal home, must

include more kingdoms than one." 3 When he asked

God about it He revealed to Joseph Smith that there are three degrees

of glory, which a person can receive, comparative to the sun, moon,

and stars, the highest being the celestial.

It is the goal of every Mormon to reach

the celestial kingdom and dwell with God, this is achieved through repentance,

keeping the commandments, and enduring to the end.

Families

Families are central to God's plan. Joseph

Smith taught that family relationships can extend beyond the grave. Families who live

worthily and are sealed in a Mormon temple can be together forever.

Because of the teachings of Joseph Smith

the Mormon Church places a great emphasis of family history work. Believing

that it is every member's responsibility to seek out and do the temple

work for their ancestors.

The Book of Mormon

Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from ancient gold plates. It is a record of

the inhabitants of the Americas. It is also another testament of Jesus

Christ. The purpose of the Book of Mormon is "to the convincing

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