What is Mormonism all about?

I’m a latter day saint. A Mormon. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Though, technically I’m still working on that last one, because I haven’t had my baptism yet. But I consider myself to be a follower of the Church that Jesus Christ created.

I have been a non-active member if you will, for several years, and finally am ready to take the last steps to confirm my membership and be baptized. While in the process of understanding the beliefs, ideology and culture of LDS folks, I have of course been reading the The Book of Mormon. I was already familiar with the King James version of the bible from childhood but the Book of Mormon was new to me.

I have also explored lay-books about the Church and one of my favourites was by Al Fox Carraway, More Than the Tattooed Mormon. Most recently, I finished reading a nonfiction book titled What Is Mormonism All About: Answers to the 150 Most Commonly Asked Questions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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What an excellent read this is! I love that Johanson wrote the book in an easily read Q & A style. Each question starts a new page, even if there were only four lines of text on the previous page. This allows the reader to fly through the pages. So even though there are 200 pages, it is a super quick read which is encouraging.

All of the questions and answers included were clear, concise and informative. I love that they were detailed enough to really get to the roots of what Latter-Day Saints believe and also explored how they are perceived by the rest of America, both laypeople and other religious groups.

Unlike most religions today, Mormonism is a cultural commitment that goes well beyond a short Sunday morning sitting in the church pew. It is a lifestyle adjustment for converts with me but the sacrifices are so so worth it because of everything you get in return.

Some of the questions that the book addresses are: What do LDS folks believe? Do they practice plural marriage? Who was Joseph Smith? What similarities and differences does this belief share with other major world religions? Isn’t Mormonism only practised in the USA?

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