Are Mormons Closer to Muslims or Christians?

Posted on August 20, 2012 by


Eliza Wood (@elizawoodproduc) recently wrote an article Are Mormons Closer to Muslims or Christians?

From the Article are a few quotes that we need to correct.

While many Americans might not be willing to consider electing a Muslim candidate for president in 2012, in reality Islam is about as close to Christianity as Mormonism.

This is the old argument that members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day saints aren’t christian. We could go round and round about the doctrine of trinity and how that was an idea from the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. Mormons believe in Jesus Christ from the the new testament. Here is a scripture from the Book of Mormon to illustrate my point.

2 Nephi 25:26

And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

The next quote from Ms. Wood is an important one to focus on!

Both Islam and Mormonism have teachings from the Christian Bible and believe Jesus was “a prophet,” but they had prophets after Jesus that they believe to be more authentic and current than Jesus. Jesus’ teachings were a bit archived in both because Muhammad and Joseph Smith were both visited by angels who told them to receive new orders from God. Both have respected Jesus’ messages but moved forward with other teachings and practices that are not consistent with Christianity.

Mormons never ever refer to Jesus Christ as a Prophet, but as our redeemer and savior. The author is either ignorant about LDS beliefs or is purposefully trying to distort LDS beliefs to make the point that Mormons are closer to Muslims. See above scripture 2 Nephi 25:26

Oddly enough, both religions had a split after their prophet’s death with one side believing that the faith should continue though the prophet’s descendents and the other side rejecting that. For Muslims, this caused the bloody divide between Shiites and Sunnis that we hear so much about in the press. For Mormons, this caused the divide between the Later Day Saints, which make up about 99 percent of Mormons, and others.

99% of Mormons splitting with others is really a stretch to compare to Sunni Muslims as a majority at only (85%) splitting with the Shiite Muslims. The Catholic church during the protestant reformation had large numbers of people split from the church, comparing the protestant reformers who left the church might be more similar to the Muslim split.

Neither Islam nor Mormonism is a close enough relative to ever be confused with Christianity. If a Christian of any denomination inadvertently walked into a Mormon tabernacle or a mosque, which would be fairly difficult since both allow only members of their faith to enter, there is no way the service could be recognized as a Christian devotion to Christ, but there is plenty of devotion to God going on.

  • First, you are allowed to visit Muslim Mosques, see this link for the proper etiquette.
  • Second, everyone is welcome into Mormon Churches for Sunday worship services and all the activities that take place during the week.
  • Third, the Mormon church has a tabernacle, which was used for meetings like general conference in the past. This is where the tabernacle choir gets its name. Most of the times its open for the public to tour.

At this point we can only speculate that the author might have been referring to LDS Temples when making the comparison to Mosques. LDS temples are sacred places that people need to be prepared to make promises to God when they worship. The LDS church invites everyone to prepare themselves to enter the Temple and enjoy the blessings of attendance, but it would be irresponsible to let people enter the temple unprepared to keep covenants with God that they would be making. However there is no similarity to Muslim mosques because the general public is allowed to visit mosques.