Mormons’ beliefs are listed on thirteen statements, which are known as the Articles of Faith (Evans, 2009). The basic principles of the religion are on the fourth statement. This statement elaborates on the elements of religion from a Mormon’s perspective. These principles include faith in Jesus Christ, which Mormons believe is a gift given to man by God. Faith can further be enhanced by reading the book of God, listening to the testimony of others and constantly praying. The second is repentance, which in Mormonism is vital in maintaining a pure soul. The third is Baptism, which is a way of cleansing one’s sins and the fourth is opening up oneself in order to receive gifts from the Holy Spirit (Evans, 2009).
Mormons believe an individual’s life begins when he or she is born; however, spiritually it begins when one gives his life to Christ. Mormons believe in eternal life of the soul and they believe that after physical death an individual will resurrect. Mormons believe that at the point of death, all spirits go to the ‘spirit world’ where they will remain until resurrection. Mormons believe that heaven exists and it is the reward for living a righteous lifestyle. People who live in sin and do not repent are banished to hell for eternity ‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints, n.d).
Mormons encourage childbirth and bringing life to the earth, this ideology is based on the biblical statement of going into the world and multiplying (Mormon Women, 2010). Family is an important part of the Mormon religion and families who can not conceive either adopt or seek assistance from a fertility clinic. Mormons are against abortion and believe that a child should only be conceived under matrimonial conditions.
Mormons celebrate local and national holidays along with Christian holidays. Mormon celebration of holidays is dependent on their