ABC News Glosses Over Mormon Beliefs

Tonight ABC World News With Diane Sawyer had a very shallow report on Mormonism which they called “What Do Mormons Believe?”  However, they glossed over Mormon believes by telling us almost nothing about them.

ABC didn’t tell us that the god of the Mormons is not the Creator of all that exists, but is rather a former man who got promoted to be the god of planet Earth.  They didn’t say that Mormons believe that their god has a physical body unlike the Christian God who is a spiritual being.

World News neglected to point out that Mormons believe that there are many gods ruling their own planets across the universe.  They didn’t tell us about the belief that good male Mormons will get to be the god of their own planet after they die and that they will then begin to sexually procreate children with their celestial wives who they married in a Mormon Temple while on earth.

They failed to point out that Christians believe in only one God, while Mormons believe that there are many gods.  Christians are monotheistic, Mormons polytheistic.

ABC stated that “After Jesus’ resurrection, according to the Book of Mormon, he visited America.”  However, they failed to tell people the difference between the Mormon Jesus and the Christian Jesus.  Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Creator of the Universe in human flesh and that He was conceived by a virgin.  Mormons believe that Jesus is the son of the local god of planet earth and that He was conceived when their god had sex with Mary.

These Mormon beliefs are not difficult to discover.  Most Mormon missionaries will admit to them if directly asked.  So why didn’t ABC tell us about them?

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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20 Responses to ABC News Glosses Over Mormon Beliefs

  1. Stacy Harris says:

    Religions (not to mention atheists and agnostics) differ on the “identity,” if you will, of “the Creator of all.”

    As Mitt Romney likes to say, Mormons are indeed Christians, the full name of the sect being Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.

    Had the entire newscast been devoted to the subject and beliefs of the LDS church, it still could only have skimmed the surface.

    Catholics and Protestants differ in their practices and beliefs (causing some Protestants to insist that Catholics are not Christians) so why should Mormons not differ both Catholics and Protestants?

    Sorry, but in manners of religion, “my way or the highway” not only doesn’t fly, it is condescending.

  2. Steve Simms says:

    Thanks for the comment, Stacy. However, you missed my point. I am in no way saying that Mormons (or anyone else) must believe “my why or the highway.” I am saying that Mormon beliefs differ greatly from Christian beliefs. Yes, Catholics and Protestants differ some, but they agree in the vast majority of their doctrine. They agree that there is only one God, that God is the Creator of the Universe, and that He is spiritual, not physical. They agree that Jesus Christ is God in human flesh and that Christ was born of a virgin (a woman who had not had sex, even with a god). They agree that God does not have wives.

    People have the right to believe whatever they choose. However, people also have the right to point out where their beliefs differ from the beliefs of others.

  3. Marc says:

    YOU sir are so off there is no point in even correcting you as You have a Huge hate to LDS people anyone can tell this by your false writing but ill try … Mormons are Christan’s without a doubt the NAME is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of latter day saints… Joseph Smith is NOT or never was the god of the Mormon church You are extremely ignorant. If you want to know what Mormons Believe and not the hate and lies that are being written check MORMON.org .. but something tells me you do not have the sense to see the truth…

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thanks for the comment, Marc. I appreciate your passion.

      Mormons are fine people. I am only talking about beliefs here, and everybody has a right to believe what they want to.

      I never said that Joesph Smith is the Mormon god. (I’ve read that Adam is the Mormon god, do you know if that is correct?)

      Also, I have another question for you. It is my understanding that Mormons believe that all the Christian denominations are wrong and that they are the one and only true church. Is that a true belief of Mormonism?

      Thanks again for engaging in conversation. All the best to you.

  4. Coco says:

    Steve, Adam is not the Mormon god. If you are sincerely seeking correct answers, please go to Mormon.org to get correct information on what Mormons truly believe.

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thanks, Coco. I went to Mormon.org and saw 13 articles of faith and a section about Jesus. However, none of that addresses the beliefs I have mentioned. I have talked with several Mormon missionaries over the years and they have admitted to the above beliefs. So why doesn’t the web site address those beliefs? If there is an elder who would like to address these questions, I’d be interested in hearing from him. Do Mormons belief that other planets are ruled by other gods than the god of planet earth? Do they believe that their god has a physical (tangible) body? Do they believe that good male Mormons will be the god of their own planet? Do they believe that Jesus was conceived by sexual relations between their god and Mary? (A Mormon missionary answered that question by saying: “Of course, because the Holy Spirit doesn’t have seed,” implying that the Father does.) I don’t know why missionaries would admit to these things if they don’t represent true Mormon belief. Do you?

  5. Sid says:

    All make very good points. I had an LDS missionary tell me I’m the greatest American he has ever met. I also read the Bible and read about a guy having sex with his daughter and it being right with God. My suggestion is you do your own research and then pray to your God of choice to see if what you read, heard, or pondered is true. Let the Spirit be your guide. I have to be honest and say this isn’t my original idea. It comes from a guy named Moroni. Have a great day and God Bless you all!

  6. Sorry
    Guys the LDS still believe in Polygamy — they are sealed in the temple to several wife’s,which they believe will belong to them after death in “Heaven” — Only men can have several partner’s — this is true — they will admit this — you should tell the world that Polygamy still is practiced — if you want the real true practices go to http://www.utlm.com

  7. Marie says:

    Thank you Steve for your article, well said! NBC rock center also went the same route on their Mormonism piece last night. On the other hand and in case you havent seen it – a very interesting, unshallow piece about Romney and mormonism is the bbc two news documentary “the mormon candidate”.

  8. Steve Simms says:

    Thanks for the links, myrna and Marie.

  9. Steve Simms says:

    Marie: I just watched the hour BBC documentary, “The Mormon Candidate,” that you told me about. It was very interesting and went in much more depth than ABC did. However, I was disappointed that even the BBC did not examine the doctrines that Mormons believe and how they have changed the meaning of many words such as God, Heaven, and Jesus Christ. I wonder why the media won’t expose some of the unusual teachings in the three books that Mormons say are equal to the Bible — the Pearl of Great Price, The Doctrine of Covenants, and the Book of Mormon.

  10. Steve Simms says:

    I copied this from the LDS church history page:
    “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.”
    ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.)

  11. Michelle says:

    Well I study the Bible. I sure don’t and am not gonna pretend to understand it all. The one thing I am absolutely sure of is There is only ONE true God. God of everything and anything. Jesus Christ was not just a good man He was an awesome God. Now I’m lead by the Holly Spirit which is the most wonderful gift of God that I could receive outside of the ultimate sacrifice of our God that died on a cross and saved my life. Which has ensured my place in eternity. I don’t care what denomination you come from or believe in its your freedom. Be careful of what man teaches you from the Bible read it for yourself this is my prayer for everyone. As far as Steve Simms I have had the great privilege of studying with him and know one thing for certain he has nothing BUT love for every man and woman of every walk of life and has taught me nothing but the love that Christ stands for. I have also learned by watching him lead by example how to pick up my cross and TRY to live my life as a Christian woman. One more thing if you don’t know this man personally don’t assume to know him by words on a page, come see for yourself Sunday mornings at 10;45 at Berry St Nashville Tn. It might just be the awakening someone needs. In Christs love may God bless you all.

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  13. Steve Simms says:

    I just found this quote by Mitt Romeny on the ABC New web site. “My church’s beliefs about Christ may not all be the same as those of other faiths.” This confirms my point that Mormons believe in a different Jesus than Biblical Christians do.

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