Mormons: An Open Book

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With the growth and exposure of Mormonism across the country and world, more and more people are curious about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although most Americans have an opinion about Mormonism, many of them admit they don't really know what Mormons actually believe. Using scriptures, quotes, facts, engaging visual images, and even some humor, this one-of-a-kind book is designed to openly explain the beliefs, practices, history, and culture of Mormonism. Chapters answer such questions as ...
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Overview

With the growth and exposure of Mormonism across the country and world, more and more people are curious about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although most Americans have an opinion about Mormonism, many of them admit they don't really know what Mormons actually believe. Using scriptures, quotes, facts, engaging visual images, and even some humor, this one-of-a-kind book is designed to openly explain the beliefs, practices, history, and culture of Mormonism. Chapters answer such questions as “Are Mormons Christians?” “What happens inside LDS Temples?” and many more. Chapters address topics such as LDS beliefs and marriage and family, the position of women in the Church, and LDS views about politics and America. There are even sections that dispel some common myths and misconceptions about Mormonism.
Written from the perspective of those who know and live the religion, the pages of Mormons: An Open Book invite you to come in, learn about, and better understand a growing body of faith in America and across the world: Mormonism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609088118
  • Publisher: Ensign Peak
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 464,881
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Mormon Beliefs

1 Ten Facts to Know When Meeting a Mormon 8

2 The Message of Mormonism 10

3 Are Mormons Christian? Latter-day Saints and the Gospel of Jesus Christ 19

4 What Is the Purpose of Life? 29

5 LDS Priesthood Authority and Ordinances 39

6 Mormons and Marriage 50

7 Mormons and Family 57

8 What Happens inside LDS Temples? 67

9 LDS Scriptures and Sources of Truth 77

10 The Mormon View of the Afterlife 87

Part 2 Mormon History

11 The History of the LDS Church in Thirty Seconds 96

12 The Joseph Smith Story 98

13 The Book of Mormon 110

14 Latter-day Prophets 122

15 Temple Square 134

Part 3 The Mormon Way of Life

16 Mo-cabulary: Understanding Mormon Vernacular 138

17 What Does It Take to Be a Mormon? LDS Standards 147

18 Mormons and Sex 157

19 Mormon Women 164

20 LDS Teenagers 173

21 The Organization of LDS Church Congregations 182

22 A Peek inside a Mormon Worship Service 190

23 Mormons and Missionary Work 194

24 Mormons and Money 203

25 Mormons, Politics, and America 212

26 The Weird and Wonderful World of Mormon Culture 220

Notes 226

Photo and Image Credits 245

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    This book is exactly what the title claims: An Open Book. I have

    This book is exactly what the title claims: An Open Book. I have read other books on Mormonism that have attempted to explain the beliefs of the church but have missed the mark in terms of clarifying the reasons for certain practices and traditions. This one is far above the rest. Firstly, the quality of the paper, the graphics and layout of the book, and the eye-appealing photographs make it a delight to hold and peruse. The "Mormyths" boxes on pages throughout the book address specific "myths" about the religion that most people have wondered about at times. The information is accurate and presented candidly and humorously with no apology for the doctrines that others may view as different from mainstream Christianity. It gives references from the Bible that tie these seeming oddities to the Judeo-Christian tradition and help to make sense of why Mormons participate in practices that seem odd to mainstream Western Christians. If you are a non-Mormon with honest questions or curiosity about the faith (but don't want to commit to asking missionaries about it because you are perfectly happy with your own religion, thank you very much) this is the book for you! It details clearly and concisely everything you want to know from the viewpoint of an insider who is a practicing member of the faith without being preachy or trying to convert. If you are a Mormon who has tried to explain your faith to friends with different beliefs (but feel like they were more confused after your explanation than they were before) this is the book for you!

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