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Since the creation of The Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter-Day Saints, there have been many controversies concerning the similarities and differences between Mormonism and Catholicism, Christianity and Protestantism.

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Hannah Griffin Mr. Butler World Religions 4-8-03 Since the creation of The Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter-Day Saints, there have been many controversies concerning the similarities and differences between Mormonism and Catholicism, Christianity and Protestantism. Other than the obvious, that Catholicism, Christianity and Protestantism believe that there are no more prophets, and Mormons believe that there are still prophets walking the earth today, differences between the faiths range in varying ways. The Church's founder, Joseph Smith, was born a Protestant and put his beliefs into the foundations of Mormonism. Other than this, the faiths are very different. Mormonism differs from other faiths in several different ways, making it one of the most unique religions in Western Culture. To begin with, Mormonism is the only religion to send their members out to spread the word of the church door to door. Typically young men, they introduce themselves as Elder someone. ...read more.

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Another uniqueness that brings blessing and relief to many mormons is the idea that practically no one is forever damned to hell and that all people who have ever existed will share in heavenly "glory" within the 3 heavens that exist to mormons. The lowest heaven, The Telestial Kingdom, is where evil-doers, criminals and liars reside. Their sins have been forgiven and now live in the eternal presence of the Holy Ghost. The middle heaven, The Terrestrial Kingdom, is where good non-Mormons and Mormons who were not completely faithful to the church. They have the presence of Jesus Christ. Finally, the top heaven, The Celestial Kingdom, is reserved for completely devout Mormons. These people become gods and rulers of their own universes. Being at this level also allows men to keep their families with them. (Distinctive Beliefs of the Mormon Church) Another brief differences between Christianity and Mormonism are their beliefs in God, Jesus Christ, Salvation and marriage. ...read more.

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An extremely individual idea, native of Mormonism is called "sealing", or a spiritual marriage. "Sealing means that a 'marriage covenant between a man and his wife is made for time and all eternity,' not like most marriage covenants that are regarded "until death shall them part'" (Nash, 29). These small diversities make The Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter-Day Saints different from other religions. All these difference make Mormonism different to predominant religions in North America. Mormonism is growing phenomenally in the US, illustrating that people see something new and unique in the church. Comparing The Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter-Day Saints to other religions is unfair, even "Gordon B. Hinckley, the current president and prophet of the Mormon church, says (in a booklet called What of the Mormons?) that he and his co-religionists 'are no closer to Protestantism than they are to Catholicism.'" (Distinctive Beliefs of the Mormon Church) Through unique differences, the Mormon Church has managed to establish itself and escape religious persecution, which they used to suffer, and become accepted in the world. ...read more.

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