How well do you know Mormonism? Test your knowledge with a handful of basic facts we’ve gathered about its history, beliefs, and contemporary happenings! We’ll be posting a new ‘quiz’ every week or so – which means be on the lookout for our next edition. Here we go!
1 – Who sits in the judgment seat at the end of time?
“Joseph Smith holds the keys of this last dispensation, and is now engaged behind the vail [sic] in the great work of the last days…no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith.” – Brigham Young, Great Salt Lake City, October 9, 1859
2 – Where shall the righteous LDS dwell?
“The Righteous to Dwell in Everlasting Burning.”
“…they shall rise again to dwell in everlasting burnings in immortal glory, not to sorrow, suffer, or die any more; but they shall be heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. What is it? To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of a God, and ascend the throne of eternal power, the same as those who have gone before.”
3 – Who holds the keys to the priesthood in the LDS Church?
Male members of the LDS Church.
“Keys. President Joseph F. Smith said: “What is a key?’ It is the right or privilege which belongs to and comes with the priesthood to have communication with God. Is not that a key? Most decidedly. We may not enjoy the blessings, or key, very much, but the key is in the priesthood. It is the right to enjoy the blessing of communication with the heavens, and the privilege and authority to administer in the ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ…”
Note: See p. 410 in the non-electronic version of this reference.
4 – What is the meaning of hell according to LDS doctrine?
“That part of the spirit world inhabited by wicked spirits who are awaiting the eventual day of their resurrection is called hell.”
Note: See p. 349 for the non-electronic version of this reference.
5 – How many years of food storage must the Mormon have?
From www.lds.org it says;
“We have been counseled to store food, clothing, fuel, and other necessary items, such as those needed for first aid and sewing, to take care of our families’ needs for a year…The Lord has counseled, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30)…”
Update! As of 9.20.2011 the official website of the Church has stated everyone should have a three month supply. See ProvidentLiving.org.
6 – Which parts of the Bible, according to Joe Smith, have been translated incorrectly?
There has never been any hard and fast rule as to what has been incorrectly translated and what hasn’t. It really depends on the individual Mormon’s interpretation as to what they might believe has been translated correctly, and what hasn’t.
Joseph Smith said in the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, Joseph Smith, p. 207;
“I believe the Bible as it read when it came from the pen of the original writers. Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors.”
7 – What’s the definition of a polytheist?
www.dictionary.com “The worship of or belief in more than one god”
8 – Where does it say in the Book of Mormon that baptisms for the dead aren’t necessary?
2 Nephi 9:38; “And, in fine, wo unto all those who die in their sins; for they shall return to God, and behold his face, and remain in their sins.”
9 – Are there any Greek words in the Book of Mormon?
Yes. They actually begin right in 1st Nephi. We counted 7,354 Greek and/or Latin words.
See our Greek and Latin Word Chart for more info.
10 – Does the Book of Mormon say Jesus is God? If so, where?
The title page of Book of Mormon declares; “Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.”
11 – What is the time frame of the Book of Mormon?
600 BC to 421 AD
12 – How many visions did Joseph Smith have?
There are at least 11 different versions of Smith’s first vision in the grove of the woods. Click on link for more info.
13 – When did Joseph have the revelation about polygamy?
Journal of Discourses 1:64; “It was given to our Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, Joseph Smith, on the 12th day of July, 1843.”
Also see Fawn Brodie’s book “No Man Knows My History”, pp. 183-186 states the first time Smith had a revelation about polygamy was in 1831. This is also documented in “Mormon Polygamy, A History” by Richard S. Van Wagoner, p. 3 and “Mormon Hierarchy Origins of Power” by D. Michael Quinn, p. 617.
Essentials in Church History, pp 281-282 also verifies the date of 1831.
14 – What are the conditions for people to lose salvation for good?
1-If you’re a murderer D&C 42:79
2-If you’re an apostate of the Church; D&C 85:11
3-If you’ve blasphemed the Holy Ghost; D&C 132:27
15 – Why was Joseph Smith arrested and jailed in Carthage? List all charges.
Both Joseph and Hyrum were charged with riot for the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor and treason for declaring martial law in Nauvoo, and polygamy. See Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Trials of Joseph Smith, p. 1346for more info.
16 – When was polygamy outlawed in the US?
Polygamy was officially outlawed through The Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887.
17 – When were blacks included in the priesthood?
June 1, 1978
18 – When did the LDS Church change its name & what was it before?
Church of Christ – April 6, 1830
Church of Latter-day Saints – May 1834
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – April 1838
See Chronology of the Church’s Name for more info, and exact references.
19 – Name the cities where the Church had temples before Salt Lake City.
Kirtland, OH – March 1836
Nauvoo, IL – April 1846
St. George, UT – April 1877
Logan, UT – May 1884
Manti, UT – May 1888
SLC, UT – April 1893
20 – How many changes have been made to the Book of Mormon?
Last count there were 5.280 grammatical changes which doesn’t include any typographical changes. For more info, see The 5.200+ Changes to the Book of Mormon.