Being that the Mormon religion is currently in the national political spotlight, it would be helpful to know just what the Mormon religion teaches.
Joseph Smith, whose name is appended to the Articles of Faith, is the prophet and revelator through whom was restored to earth the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in these the last days, the dispensation of the fulness of times, declared and predicted by prophets in earlier dispensations. The question of Joseph Smith’s divine commission is a challenging one to the world today. If his claims to a divine appointment be false, forming as they do the foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called the Mormon Church) in this the last dispensation, the superstructure cannot be stable . . .
The above-quoted statement refers to Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Mormon faith. According to the statement, Smith was a prophet, and the Mormon faith stands or falls with Smith.
So, just what did Smith teach his followers?
God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted Man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens. . . for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity, I will refute that idea, and will take away and do away the vail, so that you may see.
These are incomprehensible ideas to some; but they are simple. It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth the same as Jesus Christ himself did . . .
. . . and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you, – namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one, – from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power. . .
. . . In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it.
According to the above-quoted statements made by Joseph Smith, Jr., the religion that he founded is a polytheistic religion, meaning that the followers of Smith’s religion believe in the existence of more than one God.
Indeed, back when the LDS church opened its temple in Oklahoma City, the church took out full-page ads in Oklahoma newspapers, in which the church spelled out its beliefs. In those ads, the LDS church stated its belief that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three separate Gods in essence.
The above-stated teachings of Smith and the LDS church inspire some people to proclaim that Mormonism is a cult.
Whether or not Mormonism really is a cult is for the individual reader to decide.