Is Mormonism True: 17 Points of the True Church

There is a story occasionally repeated on websites about 5 friends who were searching for the true church of Christ.  Together they compiled a list of 17 points that this church would embody based on the Bible.  After going their separate ways in life, they caught up years down the road and found that each one of them had independently found the church that they had been looking for: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Now whether this is truth or fiction, or some blend of the two, is irrelevant.  If true, it is indeed a remarkable story of faith and dedication on the part of these individuals.  Even if it’s fiction, it provides a nice backdrop for the list below, while not affecting the veracity of the points outlined.

17 Points of the True Church of Christ

  1. Christ organized the Church (Eph 4:11-14)
  2. The true church must bear the name of Jesus Christ (Eph 5:23)
  3. The true church must have a foundation of Apostles and Prophets (Eph 2:19-20)
  4. The true church must have the same organization as Christ’s Church (Eph 4:11-14)
  5. The true church must claim divine authority (Heb 4:4-10)
  6. The true church must have no paid ministry (Acts 20:33-34; John 10:11-13)
  7. The true church must baptize by immersion (Matt 3:13-16)
  8. The true church must bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands (Acts 8:14-17)
  9. The true church must practice divine healing (Mark 3:14-15)
  10. The true church must teach that God and Jesus are separate and distinct individuals (John 17:11; 20:17)
  11. The true church must teach that God and Jesus have bodies of flesh and bone (Luke 23:36-39; Acts 1:9-11; Heb 1:1-3)
  12. The officers must be called by God (Heb 4:4; Ex 28:1; 40:13-16)
  13. The true church must claim revelation from God (Amos 3:7)
  14. The true church must be a missionary church (Matt 28:19-20)
  15. The true church must be a restored church (Acts 3:19-20)
  16. The true church must practice baptism for the dead (1Cor 15:16&29)
  17. “By their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt 7:20)

These are important points and Biblical verses to consider.  While this list is certainly not exhaustive of every characteristic that the Church of Christ will have, it does provide an excellent starting point.  In addition, there are numerous churches which meet one, five, or even ten of these criteria, but I have found none that fulfill all 17 except for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church.

Don’t take my word for it.  Take the list above and use it as a starting point to begin your study of the characteristics of the true church of Christ.  Once you have studied and pondered about it, I would then invite you to pray and ask God whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed the true church.  He will answer.

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12 Comments to Is Mormonism True: 17 Points of the True Church

  1. I absolutely love this website but at first I have to admit I thought it was anti- because of the “crazy Mormon Beliefs” until I started reading.
    I also watched some of your videos and read your comments to people on them. You are a smart LDS person! I seriously commend you and look up to you! I think I actually commented on one of your posts on a video. Anyway I think you really are great for being nice and keeping your cool and telling the people the truth about the Church!! 8)

  2. Nikki on April 3rd, 2009
  3. I believe that he used “Crazy Mormon Beliefs” title just to keep it close and familiar to everybody :-)

  4. Thang Nguyen on May 19th, 2009
  5. I BELIEVE IN THE BOOK OF MORMON AND IN THE HOLY GHOST I BELIEVE IN ALL THING AND IN OUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S PLAN AND I WILL BE READY WEN HIS SECOND COMING. I LEARN A LOT OF THE BOOK OF MORMON AND THE HOLY BILBE AND I KNOW DIS IS THE TRUE CHURCH ON EARTH.

  6. emma moe on August 14th, 2009
  7. I LOVE READING THE BOOK OF MORMON MAH LIFE WAS BAD WITHOUT THE BOOK OF MORMON AND WEN I GOT THE BOOK OF MORMON I READ IT MADE MEEH CHANGE HOW MAH WAYS WAS IN THE PASS IT TALKS ABOUT HOW DID ADAM N EVE PERTOOK OF THE FOOD OF KNOWGEGE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL SO THEY GOT CHEST OUT OF THE GAREAN EDEN AND THAT WHAAT YOU CALL THE FALL OF ADAM AND EVE,

  8. emma moe on August 14th, 2009
  9. FAITH IS SOMETHING THAT U CAN NOT SEE BUT YOU CAN FEEL IT AND YOU BELIEVE IT

  10. emma moe on August 14th, 2009
  11. Everything about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) is true. Everything just fits perfectly, its all connected, its logical and i just know it is true through revelation from the Holy Spirit. I love God and Jesus and what a wonderful plan God has created for us. Jesus gave his life for me, and I will give my life to him, proclaiming my faith and the truth of this gospel.
    Thankyou!

  12. Gabrielle on September 5th, 2009
  13. We don’t have to prove that the Church of Jesus Christ is true, because it is true and perfect!

  14. stripling_warrior on September 29th, 2009
  15. The 17 Points of the True Church question unfortunately is fiction or a made up myth. Floyed Weston told a Stake President in the San Jose Stake when he was pined down on this question while conducting a fireside and told the President that he made the whole thing up? It’s a great story with a wonderful idea but why? I truly enjoyed it when I went on my mission in the mid 70’s along with other missionaries and my nephew while serving in the San Jose mission found this myth out in 2008 while tracking down the Stake President who asked Floyed Weston about the story. Deseret Book I believe no longer sells the story on CD but I still have it. I quess he made money off of me as well as others. The church is still true but be gentle as a dove but wise as a serpent. Don’t put your trust in the arm of flesh rely on the Rock.

  16. Clay Pendleton on November 15th, 2009
  17. i know that the book of mormon is true
    it will prove it in my faith in the lord and jesus crist his son.

  18. reynald de leon on November 16th, 2009
  19. The story of the seventeen points of the true church was related by a man named Floyd Weston. Last I knew, he was living outside Las Vegas, NV. He was getting older so he may not be living. But I have met him on a few occasions and know that his story is real.

  20. Steve Sharp on December 27th, 2009
  21. This is a true story. My husband happens to be friends with someone who was one of the five guys.

  22. Brittany pelland on February 18th, 2012
  23. I was struggling a little bit with questioning things but as soon as i read this and investigated it i was put at ease and a calming came over me THIS IS THE TRUE CHURCH thanks for sharing

  24. John on May 2nd, 2012

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