Furthermore, I think one should be very cautious in disallowing a title that a community or individual apply to themselves. “We are the only true Christians, and all the rest are not really Christians”, is IMO not a way forward.
With these provisos I am fascinated when Mormons are being regarded as merely another Protestant denomination.
- Mormons are henotheists (monolaters; they worship one god, whilst accepting that there are other deities. In fact, they themselves can become gods, creating and populating their own universe. The god they worship was once like us).
- The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are blended in heart and mind like extremely close friends, but are not one being. They are three distinct beings united in purpose and will but not in substance. Jesus Christ and the Father have glorified immortalised bodies and the Holy Ghost a spirit body.
- The wife of the Father is Heavenly Mother or the Mother in Heaven. God the Father is the father of human spirits; the Heavenly Mother is the mother.
- The Father was twice “born”; once as a spirit, and again as a mortal man. After living a mortal life, the Father died, was resurrected, and achieved his godhood. The Heavenly Father and Mother then gave birth to the spirits of humanity through a sexual union. Jesus, the Son, was the first born of these spirits.
- The Mormon church is the “only true and living church.” Below Jesus as the head of the church is a single man chosen as “Prophet” who holds the title of President of the Church. They believe in apostolic succession restored through Joseph Smith. Non-Mormon clergy have no heavenly authority and sacraments performed by such clergy are void.
The regarding of Mormons as simply another Protestant denomination appears due to the reticence of many Mormons to be straightforward about some of the above points, and the tendency to make Mormon beliefs sound more akin to other Protestant teaching, as well as development of Mormon teaching to be closer to these other Protestant teachings.
Please take care in your comments.