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The Book of Mormon is not Mormonism

The Book of Mormon teaches against the notions of 'Mormonism'

The Book of Mormon does Not Teach Mormonism
Not all people who believe the Book of Mormon are 'Mormons.'

Many have found the words to be true and everything it claims to be: an inspired record of Israelites with a profound and relevant testimony of Jesus Christ. These people have found the record to be true, yet have no association with the strange theologies many have come to know as 'Mormonism.' But because many have formed biases against the Book of Mormon before ever opening its cover, assurances are required, chiefly: The Book of Mormon is Not Mormonism.

Mormonism is associated with strange practices—strange to the Christian walk—like polygamy, celestial marriage, plurality of Gods, etc.

But the Book of Mormon teaches none of these doctrines, and many who believe The Book of Mormon's authenticity have no association with these practices. It simply does not teach them.

Assuming that all Book of Mormon believers espouse strange doctrines (polygamy, etc.) or that the Book of Mormon teaches these ideas is like assuming that historically all Americans were slave holders and advocated slavery because the constitution encouraged it. Slavery was not practiced by all Americans; some espoused it, most despised it, yet the constitution taught none of it. In the American civil war, some fought for slavery, and many fought against slavery, yet both would go home and read the same bible at night. Yet the U.S. constitution never advocated slavery. Slavery was a historical practice adopted by some outside the country's written constitution. Similarly, practices of 'Mormonism' have no association with the Book of Mormon.

To assume anyone who believes the Book of Mormon must advocate 'Mormonism' is akin to assuming any American citizen must have advocated slavery in its day, or abortion in our day, just because they are US citizens. Because some practiced these crimes, does not mean every citizen advocated, and more importantly the crimes were not advocated by the original 'doctrine.'

Such is also true of the Book of Mormon. Strange doctrines of polygamy, celestial marriage, plurality of Gods, temple ordinances—none of these ideas come from the Book of Mormon. They were all ideas instituted and practiced by men separate from the Book of Mormon's teachings.

Does the Book of Mormon teach of 'a different Jesus' than the Bible?
No. The Book of Mormon teaches of only one Jesus, he is the same who was born of Mary at Jerusalem.

For there is save one Messiah spoken of by the prophets,

And that Messiah is He which should be rejected of the Jews,

…And according to the words of the prophets

and also the word of the angel of God,

His name should be Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 Nephi 11:34-36


Does the Book of Mormon teach there is more than one God?
While some Book of Mormon believing Gentiles have distorted understandings regarding this, the Book of Mormon teaches and advocates this Jesus of the Book of Mormon is the only savior.

And He shall be called Jesus Christ,

the Son of God,

the Father of heaven and of earth,

the Creator of all things from the beginning;

And His mother shall be called Mary;

Mosiah 1:102


For there is one God and one Shepherd over all the earth;

1 Nephi 3:197


Behold, I Am Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

I created the heavens and the earth and all things that in them is;

3 Nephi 4:44


And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them, saying

Arise and come forth unto Me

That ye may thrust your hands into My side,

And also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in My hands and in My feet,

That ye may know that I Am the God of Israel and the God of the whole earth

and have been slain for the sins of the world

3 Nephi 5:14


Principle Mormonism
Concept
Book of Mormon Teaches?? Book of Mormon
Principle
Book of Mormon Teaches??
Yes No Yes No
Salvation Multiple Levels of Salvation   X One Salvation: sin is completely removed or be cast out X  
God God had previous mortal existence   X God has been God from all eternity to all Eternity X  
Adam Adam/God Theory   X Man Returns to God only if Sin is removed. X  
Polygamy Polygamy as Holy Matrimony   X Monogamy only condoned by God; Polygamy Condemned X  
Rituals Secret Temple Rituals   X No Rituals of any kind. X  
Marriage Celestial Marriage   X Marriage is a type and shadow, only given for this life X  
Mysteries Secret 'Mysteries' regarding Salvation   X The plan of Salvation is plain, has been fully revealed X  
Satan Satan/Jesus Brothers   X Jesus was God in the flesh; Satan was an angel who fell X  
Baptism The Dead proxy baptism   X Only the living, capable of repentance, were baptized X  
Grace Partly grace but Extra works like tithing/celestial marriage required to be with God   X Our sin has to be completely removed to return to God, that is by his Grace and our change of heart X  
Jesus God, Jesus, Holy Spirit Separate Conscious Beings   X Jesus was fully God in the Flesh; the human Body of His Spirit. X