Intro: Mormon Documentaries
Mormons are a religious group that has been the subject of much curiosity and speculation. Though they are not well known to the general public, Mormon documentaries have been gaining popularity recently. This is likely due to the unique nature of the Mormon faith, which differs from other major religions in various ways. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best Mormon documentaries out there and explore what makes them so interesting.
Who are the Mormons?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS, is the official name for the Mormon church. They are most often referred to as Mormons because it is a term that has been used throughout history by both members and non-members alike. The Mormon population is concentrated in North America, but there are also many Mormons in South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. There are over 15 million members worldwide. Mormonism was founded in the early 19th century by Joseph Smith after he claimed to have received visions from God.
As the name suggests, Mormons believe in Christ as their savior and follow his teachings. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of Christianity's most successful new religions. Its founder, Joseph Smith Jr., was born in Sharon, Vermont, in 1805. He grew up during a time when churches were being established all across the Northeast. Many major denominations had sprung from the same roots - Protestant groups that believed the Roman Catholic Church had too much power and wealth. They also felt that many people within religious organizations often failed to live according to the laws set forth in the Bible.
In 1820, when Smith was 14 years old, he had a religious experience that would ultimately change his life. It happened in a grove of trees located near his home in upstate New York. He later described it: "I looked into the sky and saw two personages: one pointing to the other said 'This is my beloved son; hear him."' Joseph Smith realized that God and Jesus Christ were separate beings-the former with a physical form, and the latter without one (although he believes Christ took upon himself a body through the Virgin Mary). Smith knew these personages must be God and Jesus because they resembled each other - both had glorified bodies of flesh and bone, powers of judgment, authority, and respect. It's believed that Jesus, who was resurrected with a perfect, glorified body of flesh and bone, appeared to the boy Joseph Smith in answer to his prayer for guidance after he had read from the Bible where Jesus taught that God "is a Spirit". When Smith told others about this experience, many were skeptical. He soon came to believe more fully that God has a physical form - an exalted man with flesh and bones - because he saw him again three years later in another vision. This time, Jesus Christ appeared along with God, surrounded by angels.
However, they weren't alone-about 20 other persons milled about as well! Joseph Smith now knew that there are many exalted beings just like God the Father and Jesus Christ, each with an infinite number of resurrected bodies. They are all destined to mingle together in the hereafter, enjoying eternal life at one with God.
Today, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that God is a glorified personage having a body - made of flesh and bones - but without blood because it was banished from his system through the process called Mormon masturbation.
1. Joseph Smith American's Prophet - Mormons Documentary
One of the most popular Mormon documentaries is Mormonism: a history. This film, which was released by PBS and is consequently freely available on YouTube, goes into detail about the origins of Mormonism and its founder, Joseph Smith. The documentary features insightful interviews with experts of Mormon history, as well as historians from other religions who offer analysis on how the Mormons compare to their faiths. Mormonism: a history does an excellent job of covering all aspects of Mormon history in depth, while also highlighting some more trending topics like the Mormon church's political influence and historical connections to polygamy.
Perhaps one reason Mormonism: a history has become so popular among Mormons and non-mormons alike is because it provides an unbiased look at this cult's history.
2. History of Mormons - Mormons Documentary
In this video, we'll take a look at the history of Mormons.
We'll talk about Joseph Smith and his visions that led to the creation of Mormonism, as well as how it's grown into one of America's most prominent religions. We will also discuss polygamy and what it meant for members in different periods throughout Mormon history.
3. The Secret World Of Mormonism - Documentaries about Mormonism
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church, has been shrouded in secrecy for decades. With only a few insiders willing to talk about their personal experiences - until now.
With unprecedented access inside this little-known religion, THE SECRET WORLD OF MORMONISM goes deep into the church's culture and beliefs with never-before seen footage and interviews with over 100 Mormons from all walks of life. The film reveals shocking information about Joseph Smith Jr., founder of Mormonism; explores the world's reaction to Mormon doctrine--including Mitt Romney's presidential bid; and uncovers what keeps members in this insular community where dissenters are excommunicated.
4. Why I Left The Mormon Church - Mormons Documentary
Mormonism is a religion that has been criticized by both outsiders and insiders for its practices. This documentary explores the facts about how Mormons are taught to think, the beliefs they have, and what Mormon culture looks like. It also discusses why many people who were raised as Mormons leave it behind in adulthood.
5. A Matter of Principle Mormon Polygamy Documentary 1990 - Mormonism Documentary
Mormonism is a religion that has long been known for its high-demand for marriage and family. But what most people don't know is that in the 1800s, it was common for Mormon men to have more than one wife - polygamy. This film from 1990 explores the history of this practice and how Mormons today are trying to balance their faith with their polygamous past.
Conclusions: Mormons Documentaries
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