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Pew Study on Mormons in America

As the “Mormon moment” extends into 2012, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life today released a groundbreaking new survey, the first ever published by a non-LDS research organization to focus exclusively on members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their beliefs, values, perceptions and political preferences.

Entitled “Mormons in America: Certain in Their Beliefs, Uncertain of Their Place in Society,” the survey was conducted between Oct. 25 and Nov. 16, 2011 among a national sample of 1,019 respondents who identified themselves as Mormons. The results validate a number of long-held stereotypes (most American Mormons are white, well-educated, politically conservative and religiously observant) while providing a few interesting surprises (care for the poor and needy is high on the list of LDS priorities, while drinking coffee and watching R-rated movies aren’t as taboo among the rank and file as you might think).

Pew Study on Mormons in America“While this survey comes amid a contentious election campaign, it is not solely or even chiefly about politics,” said Luis Lugo, Pew Research Center director, in the published survey’s preface. “Rather, we hope that it will contribute to a broader public understanding of Mormons and Mormonism at a time of great interest in both.”

For example, in one very interesting section of the new survey, respondents were asked several questions about what is essential to being a good Mormon. According to the survey, 80 percent said “believing Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ” is essential to being a good Mormon, 73 percent said “working to help the poor,” 51 percent said “regular Family Home Evenings,” 49 percent said “not drinking coffee and tea” and 32 percent said “not watching R-rated movies. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Keystone of Mormon Religion

 

The Keystone of Mormon Religion

 

Jesus Christ is the keystone of the Mormon religion. For without Christ, we could not be saved. Because of Christ’s immense suffering on all God’s children behalf, we can repent of our sins and be forgiven. Mormons firmly believe that it is through the atonement of Jesus Christ that provides the means for us to return to our heavenly home. Without His sacrifice, we all would be lost forever. “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Mormons also believe that while in Gethsemane, Christ experienced every emotion we would ever experience. Every pain, heart ache, guilt, both physical and emotionally was placed on our Savior’s shoulders to bear alone, bleeding from every pore in such extreme anguish. Despite this inconceivable task, our Lord and Savior triumphed! It is through Him that we need not suffer the pains of this world alone, and through Him that a way is provided for us to return to our heavenly home. As a people who love and worship Jesus Christ, we desire to strive our best to become more like Him, and keep the commandments which He has set to show our love and appreciation for His sacrifice.

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