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Mormonism For Dummies Paperback – February 25, 2005
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Get the facts on temples, tithing, missions, and caffeine
Mormon doctrines, rituals, and history, demystified at last!
Mormonism, or the LDS Church, is one of the world's fastest growing religions. But unless you were raised a Mormon, you probably don't have a clear picture of LDS beliefs and practices. Covering everything from Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon to tithing and family home evening, this friendly guide will get you up to speed in no time.
THE DUMMIES WAY®
Explanations in plain English
"Get in, get out" information
Icons and other navigational aids
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun
How the LDS Church differs from other Christian churches
What Mormons believe
What happens in Mormon temples and meetinghouses
The history of the LDS Church
LDS debates on race, women, and polygamy
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About the Author
Jana Riess, PhD, has a doctorate in American religious history and is religion book review editor at Publishers Weekly. Christopher Kimball Bigelow is a writer and editor. Both are Mormons.
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This book is a pretty good summary of all things Mormon. It covers such diverse topics such as what Mormon's believe, how they view the role of God and Jesus, what a typical Mormon lifestyle is like, how Sunday services are conducted, why Mormons do not partake in such things like alcohol and tobacco, and the governing organization of the Church itself. There is also historical information presented as well from the foundations with Joesph Smith's revelations, the early persecutions of Mormons and their difficulties with the federal government, and their exodus to the west to what is now Utah.
The book also admits some of the more controversial aspects of Mormonism such as Brigham Young's racist viewpoints (the Church did not allow black men to join the priesthood until 1978) and the Church's stance against gay marriage.
I found this book to be an excellent, well-written, and informative overview of many aspects of Mormonism. I would recommend this book to those interested in learning about it.
This book on Mormonism has provided that for me. It has nice comparative charts on the differences between Mormonism and mainstream Christianity, information on some of the origins of their beliefs and provides resources for further reading. NO religion is totally right or wrong. What most people are looking for is a basic understanding. Even if you found the book to be inaccurate, it can STILL give information to initiate a conversation with a follower of Mormonism, and all that follower can do is explain their view from THEIR experience. At least it leave fertile ground for discussion. And, if you are interested in reading more or visiting with them, you can if you wish. I highlighted so many areas on my Kindle Fire to discuss with my best friend, who also likes to discuss different philosphies and religion.
If you're moving to SLC, this is an indispensible tool.
faith. Because I have asked Mormons questions over the years, I have gleaned a lot of information, but I did not know
enough to ask even more pertinent questions.
This easy to read, user-friendly book helps one understand more about the beliefs of the Latter Day Saints and appreciate their culture better.
Who doesn't love Donny & Marie and the Osmond Brothers, not to mention the former NFL great Steve Young, a direct descendant of Brigham Young.
As a born-again Christian, I can connect better to my Mormon friends.