Essay about Mormon

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Mormons What is Mormonism? Who is a Mormon? And what place does Mormonism have in the religious tradition of the United States today? This paper will attempt to give readers a better understanding of the Mormon religion by detailing the history of the religion from its beginnings to today. It will also describe what a typical church or “temple” (as Mormons call their place of worship) service is like. It will also describe any holidays the Mormon people celebrate that correspond with the Christian holidays of other Christian sects. It will not attempt to judge the Mormon religion, as either good or bad, as has been so frequently done in the popular media. Rather than judging it, this paper will attempt to achieve a greater …show more content…
It is a sacred text in and of itself. (All About Mormons Website) The Book of Mormon states that seven years earlier the angel Moroni appeared before Joseph Smith and told him of a book written on gold plates and buried in a hill outside Manchester, New York. Then, on September 22, 1837, after other visitations from Moroni the plates were turned over to Smith. Over the next twenty-four months, Smith and a few trusted associates, using special, ancient, "seer" stones, "translated" the Egyptian hieroglyphics of the plates into English. When they had finished this arduous task, Smith reported that holy fire consumed the plates. (Scott, “Mormonism and the American Mainstream.” The newness of the sacred religion of Smith is one of the reasons many individuals find the Mormon religion so difficult to understand and accept, often referring to it as a cult. Even in the evangelical context of its day, Mormonism was regarded with suspicion. Joseph Smith and his followers provoked ridicule for Mormonism's seemingly magical if not superstitious origins, and opposition as a heresy that dared to claim itself "the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth." (Scott, “Mormonism and the American Mainstream.”) The idea of a new revelation by God in such relatively recent times is profoundly upsetting to many individuals, and religions frequently cast the Biblical era as an era ‘back then’ when miracles were

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