ORIGINAL MORMON BELIEFS were
first based on the Bible and the revelations from God received by Joseph Smith,
and the Book of Mormon. At his martyrdom on June 27, 1844, the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saint (sometimes referenced as LDS) split into three
different churches. The first was headed by James J. Strang. Joseph had received
four revelations that upon his impending death that he would appoint his
successor and that successor would have to be ordained under the hands of angels
like Joseph. About a week before his death Joseph wrote a Letter of Appointment
appointing James J. Strang as his successor. This letter is now in Yale
University Library. The same hour that Joseph was killed, James claimed to be
ordained under the hands of angel(s) to the same Prophetic Office held by
Joseph. Sidney Rigdon was next to claim standing at the head; but, his followers
soon recognized he had not been called to that office and abandoned him for
another man. About two months after Joseph's death, Brigham Young announced in
the official church journal (The Times and Seasons, Vol. 5, p. 618) that Joseph
would never have a successor and that the Twelve were to stand at the
head--usurping the power of the priesthood as only a Prophet of God is
authorized by God to stand at the head. On 12/24/47, at a general conference in
Council Bluffs, Brigham admitted that only a Prophet could stand at the head of
the church; but, God had not called him to that office. So, "It was moved
and seconded that Brigham Young should be our First President."
A man-made Prophet that introduced numerous false doctrines into his
church. He even taught that God had a father, grandfather, etc.; and that Adam
was actually God and Eve a wife from another planet. James J. Strang fulfilled
all of the duties of a Prophet, Lawgiver, Seer, Revelator, and Translator. He
translated the Book of the Law of the Lord which is the most important book of
Scripture and was contained in the plates recovered by Joseph Smith. His
teachings supported those of Joseph Smith. James J. Strang was the only man that
claimed a valid calling from God and a valid ordination under the hands of
angel(s). More information on this subject is available in the page "LDS
Prophets." The followers of James J. Strang have held fast to the original
beliefs of the Bible, Book of Mormon, 1835 Doctrine and Covenants, the
revelations of James, and the teachings of Joseph and James.
This site is maintained by Samuel E. West, elder, in the (Original) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (known as Strangites after the death of Joseph Smith). The purpose of this site is to offer an understanding of true Mormon identity, beliefs, church, and an opportunity to correspond, question, and investigate those people commonly known as Mormons. This site is dedicated to those earnestly seeking spiritual truth.
They believe the Bible to the extent that it has been translated correctly. They recognize the Book of Mormon as another testimony of Jesus Christ. True Mormons believe the Book of the Law of the Lord translated by James J. Strang. Mormons are strict Christians. Their devout way of life caused them great persecutions by the ruffians that lived on the western borders of Missouri, Illinois, and Michigan. They have no fixed creed; as they believe revelation from God is the fountain of knowledge. The Bible testifies that when God stops speaking to man it is due to sin and disbelief.
Pursuit of salvation should be the subject of greatest concern. Jesus is to return very soon, "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Thess. 1:8) The Bible tells that most people on the earth will soon be destroyed by fire, pestilence, and plagues more horrible than the mind can imagine. It also provides the only escape from this desolation; often called Armageddon.
This mortal life is like a snap of the fingers when compared to eternity. The Bible tells only a very few, in the last days, will find the gate into the kingdom of God. We owe no greater debt to ourselves and our families than to exert every effort required to find salvation; and spiritual truth. Here are the real Biblical answers to life, death, heaven, hell, and eternal life. Most Christians are not aware of either the true nature of hell, or that Jesus went to hell for three days after He died. Hell is a hidden place for those spirits that knew not God and obeyed not the gospel. Jesus spent three days preaching the gospel to these spirits; so they might share in the promise of salvation with all who obey the will of God.
They believe that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the only true and living God; and that His only begotten Son Jesus Christ is the only pathway to salvation through the gospel. They believe the gospel of Christ precisely as it is given in the Bible.
They believe the organization of the kingdom of God and Church of Christ is the same in all generations; having officers with divine authority to act in the name of God. These had authority to bind on earth and in heaven. From baptism to marriage, families were united in death, the resurrection, and for eternity. Were you only married, "until death do you part"? Why? In 325 AD, Constantine reorganized the Christian Church; and adopted the gods, authority, rest day, doctrines, rites, and festivals of paganism.
True Mormons accept the teaching, throughout the Bible, that only those called of God (by prophecy) and "anointed" (ordained) by one holding divine authority are the only ones empowered to minister in the name (authority) of God. They believe in all the gifts of the Holy Ghost; including the gift of prophecy.
They believe in strict obedience to the laws of God; including the ten commandments, love of God and man, and the same seventh day Sabbath given to Adam and Moses, that was to be kept as a perpetual covenant.
The Mormon church divided after the murder of Joseph Smith. James J. Strang was the only man to claim both an appointment from Joseph Smith and an ordination at the hands of angels; as required by the law of God. Brigham Young split from the church and led those who would follow him to the great salt lake valley. We are commanded to "prove all things, hold fast that which is good."
You may return to this Home Page at any time during your study of this site. Your questions and suggestions are welcome. Only through improved communication will non-Mormons and the various groups of apostate Mormons come to an understanding of true Mormon Beliefs and have a sure foundation for salvation and eternal life.