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Are Mormons "Christians?" What is the truth about Mormons and drinking coffee, coke and alcohol? Why don`t Mormons watch "R" rated movies? Are there still Mormons who practice plural marriage? Why are Mormons married in a "Temple" and why are only a few people allowed to attend? What's the difference between a "Mormon" and a "Latter-day Saint?"

Experience in the area

I am the author of the book: "Complete Idiot's Guide to Mormonism" (Penguin), which has now been read by more than 10,000 people. I have spoken on topics pertaining to the history of Christianity and Mormonism around the world, and have taught Mormon doctrine for more than 20 years, and am a former Methodist (practicing Baptist), convert to the Mormon Church. Without sounding "preachy," I can help clarify points of concern regarding Mormons as Christians, and can help others understand principles of belief behind the Mormon Church--as well as speak somewhat concerning the context of the New Testament (and the Book of Isaiah).


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New Era, The Friend, Wall Street Journal, Computer World, Internet Week, others.

What do you like about this subject?

As a "convert" member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have the unique opportunity to look at the Church's doctrine and history from a former outsider's point of view. This could be useful to those who are not in the church, but might be interested--at any level.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

My goal is to help demystify the ambivalence many people have toward the LDS Faith, its context and place in Christianity.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The LDS Church IS a Christian faith. Its principles are defined by Jesus Christ's teachings and life, and He stands at the head of our church. We do not worship Joesph Smith or Brigham Young. They were early church leaders. God is our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ, is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Mormons DO NOT practice polygamy, and haven't for almost a century. There are people scattered around the mountains in the Utah/Idaho/New Mexico/Arizona regions that choose to interpret their own "feelings" as being justified in plural marriage. However THEY ARE NOT MORMONS.

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Recent Answers from Drew Williams

2016-05-11 Afterlife:

Hi.    Mormons believe that when we die our spirits go to a place of learning and service, far more pleasant than this world. We remain there and learn about God's Eternal Plan, or serve in some capacity

2015-02-05 Joseph Smith:

Mormons believe that Joseph Smith opened the last dispensation of God's kingdom, as he restored the "Pre-Nicean" structure of the Christian Church. Because of Joseph Smith, all of the processes and spiritual

2014-05-24 Racism:

Hi Calvin.    It's sad to hear about racism of any kind in this day and age.    Many people believe that Mormonism had a difficult time of it for a long time, because of a historical position regarding

2013-09-01 Under the Banner of Heaven:

Patrick, I appreciate your questions, and will give them a stab, but first, let me say that Krakauer's book, while very interesting, it offers one perspective (a well-researched one for sure), on the history

2011-12-27 Jesus:

Hi Sandra. I see you're from mississippi. Very cool! I lived in Gulfport for two years when I was in the Navy back in the early 1980s. Just a lot of fun!    Okay, here we go:    #1. Mormons do not pray


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