In my profile, it says I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We're more commonly known as Mormons. We believe that in the spring of 1820, a fourteen year old boy named Joseph Smith went to the privacy of the woods to pray to know which church was true. There, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him in a vision and told him that none of the churches were true because they had been altered after Christ's death. Joseph told people about his vision, but he was only mocked. That night, an angel named Moroni visited Joseph in his bedroom and told him where to find the gold plates, a record of what was happening in the Americas before Christ's birth, during his ministry, and after his death. Joseph translated the gold plates through the power of God into what is now the Book of Mormon. We believe that our church is the only true church in earth, because once Christ and his apostles were killed, the priesthood was gone from the Earth and church's decisions weren't guided by God. The church and the priesthood was restored through Joseph Smith.
The Book of Mormon and the Bible go hand in hand, we love both books. The Bible tells of what was happening in the Middle East, while the Book of Mormon tells what was happening at the same time in the Americas.
We also believe that we lived with our Heavenly Father as spirits before we came to Earth. We believe that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings. We believe that families can be together forever, not just "till death do we part." We believe in baptizing children when they're eight, when they're old enough to be accountable for their sins. We don't baptize babies because they are to little to be accountable for their sins, and Adam and Eve only will be punished for the fall. We believe in marriage between a man and a woman. We don't hate gays, exactly the opposite, in fact. We just don't agree with their lifestyles. We believe in saving physical intimacy for marriage. We believe that revelation is still received today. We don't drink alcohol, coffee, or tea, and we don't smoke.
This is the most important part: Mormons are Christian. We have faith in Christ, we believe in Christ, we love Christ.
Please, please, please don't write any hateful comments to me about this. My religion is as dear to me as yours is to you. I completely respect your beliefs. I would love to answer ANY questions you have about this, if you comment them.
Thank you for listening. If you want to know more, visit mormon.org or lds.org.