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10 Things People Ask Google About "The Mormons" (And the Answers)

17387Remember the days before Google? Before we carried one of the world's most powerful tools–the internet–in our front pocket?

If you had a question about something, you either asked someone (a real-life human being, in-person) or found a book on the subject.

And the questions you were more shy about, you maybe never asked.

The internet, smartphones, and Google have changed all of that. Answers to any question you can imagine are at your fingertips. Which also means a lot more people are asking Google (instead of their LDS neighbors and friends) about "the Mormons."

Today, we'd like to highlight some of the top questions your friends are asking Google about our Church and offer answers to some of the best ones.

Question 1: "Do Mormons drink?"

Answer: No, we don't.

From Mormon.org (an official website managed by the Church):

"Our body is a precious gift from God. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is known as the Word of Wisdom. In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of:
Tobacco
Alcohol
Coffee and tea
Illegal drugs
God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago."

Question 2: "Do Mormons believe in Hell?"

Answer: Yes, we do.

From the official Church web site:
"Latter-day revelation speaks of hell in at least two senses. First, it is the temporary abode in the spirit world (before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ) for those who were disobedient [on Earth]. In this sense, hell has an end. Second, [Hell] is the permanent location of those who are not redeemed by the atonement of Jesus Christ. In this sense, hell is permanent. This is the place where Satan [and] his angels … will dwell eternally."

Question 3: "Do Mormons believe in the Trinity?"

Answer: It depends on how you define it. We believe in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, yes.

From the official Church web site:
"The Mormon view of the members of the Godhead corresponds in a number of ways with the views of others in the Christian world, but with significant differences. Latter-day Saints pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. They acknowledge the Father as the ultimate object of their worship, the Son as Lord and Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit as the messenger and revealer of the Father and the Son. But where Latter-day Saints differ from other Christian religions is in their belief that God and Jesus Christ are glorified, physical beings and that each member of the Godhead is a separate being."

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