Religion in Utah

For many residents of Utah, religion still plays a large role in their lives. While Native Americans were here this region was settled by members of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (nicknamed Mormons). Like much of the growing citizenry of the United States, many of Utah's early settlers were converts to the Mormon faith and were predominantly from western Europe and the United Kingdom. Many other religions have also established a valuable presence in the State of Utah.

To begin, this page will focus on the beliefs of the originating religion that still represents approximately 55% of the residents of Utah, and more information about other religions may be added in the future.

Who are the mormons?

Read more about who the mormons are and their story as it relates to Utah on our Utah History Page

What do members of the Church of jesus christ of latter day saints believe

God Loves You and is the Creator of All

All people have been created by, and are loved by, a Heavenly Father. God knows each of us individually and is aware of our personal needs, and will assist us in this life. As we reach out to him in prayer He provides spiritual impressions, comfort, and answers to our questions. God is the father of each person's spirit and we lived with Him prior to coming to this earth. He created the earth as a place where all could learn and progress. Upon birth each person has been caused to forget their time where they lived with God, so that each of us can learn to follow Him, in faith.

Jesus Christ

Jesus is the Son of God, and was sent to this earth to teach us His Father's way to find happiness in this life, and in the world to come. The teachings of Jesus Christ, as recorded by God's prophets in holy scripture, are a guide that enables us to return to live with God after this life. Questions such as “What happens after this life?” and “Can families be together forever?” are answered by the teachings of Jesus Christ. These and other important answers are found in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other scripture expressly revealed by God to his followers on the earth. Learn more...

The Purpose of Life On Earth

We were all provided an opportunity to come to this earth, to obtain a physical body, and to freely learn to make our own decisions. We are here to learn from the outcome of each choice we make. This process enables us to return to God with greater understanding of what it takes to be a stronger, more wise, and a more compassionate person.
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Articles of Faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has published this short list of their core beliefs.

1 - We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

2 - We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

3 - We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

4 - We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

5 - We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

6 - We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

7 - We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

8 - We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

9 - We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

10 - We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

11 - We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

12 - We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

13 - We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.