Mrrout wrote:but i would like to know who those seer or saint of the mormoon faith are, because i don't know them, and i'm always happy to learn.
Well I'm not quite sure what Frey
meant by those terms (hence my asking about it), but I can still at least mention who's considered to be the most important in our church outside of the Christ and the major Biblical figures (who have already been listed by him).
I guess the most logical person to start off with would be our founder, Joseph Smith Jr.
To sum up him and his accomplishments very
briefly: we believe he was a prophet, much like the ones found in The Bible
. He saw and spoke with God and his son Jesus Christ, was instructed to teach the people, was given revelations which were written down and we have today as a part of our scriptures, making up a large part of the Doctrine & Covenants
. He received divine authority from heavenly messengers, set forth what were to be the teachings and ordinances performed, passed down his authority to others, and was killed by a whole lot of people who didn't like us very much. In addition to that we believe that through the gift of God he translated a record of a group who came to the American continent before the Europeans. This record contained an abridged history of the people, their dealings with God, a few wars here and there, and ending with a description of the fall of their civilization. This is called The Book of Mormon
, and along with The Bible
, the revelations to various church leaders contained in the Doctrine & Covenants
, and other miscellaneous writings in The Pearl of Great Prince
, makes up what our church uses as scripture. It should be noted though that we do not
consider this a closed canon, and are willing to accept other revelations that may come as scripture as well.
The other particularly famous leader of our church is Brigham Young
, who we also believe, like all other presidents of our church, to be a prophet who received guidance and revelation from God on how the church is to proceed. He is famous for leading the members of the church out west in an attempt to escape persecution after the death of Joseph Smith. Eventually he established a major city by the Great Salt Lake in Utah called Salt Lake City, along with many other smaller settlements throughout that area. In more modern times, the man who was prophet for most of my life was Gordon B. Hinckley
, who passed away fairly recently. Our current prophet's name is Thomas S. Monson
As for major figures in the Book of Mormon
, it would honestly probably just be better to get a copy of the thing and read it
But to quickly list some of the figures in there: Nephi
is the first writer in the book, and other important figures around his time are his father Lehi
and younger brother Jacob
. There's a few more generations in there where not much happened. Later, King Benjamin
doesn't have a lot of space in the book dedicated to him, though he was still an important figure. He appears in the book of Mosiah
, as do Abinadi
. Alma and his son, Alma the Younger
(yes, Alma is used as a boy's name in the Book of Mormon), are both major prophets, and the longest book in the Book of Mormon is even named after Alma the Younger. Then there are other prophets and leaders such as Captain Moroni
. Samuel the Lamanite
was preaching shortly before the time of Christ's birth, and there was another Nephi
at the time of Christ's death. There is then a record of Christ visiting this people, and we believe it's likely others as well, after his resurrection. Many generations later Mormon
appears as the civilization is falling. The record as a whole is named after him because he's the one who abridged most of the records, and at times inserts his own commentary as well (you can practically hear the fanboy squeels when he's talking about Captain Moroni). The account of the end of Mormon's life, along with the rest of the abridging work, is finished by his son Moroni
(take a wild guess who he was named after). He offers some final words and advice at the end, then sealed up the record until it was retrieved many, many
years later by Joseph Smith.
While that's hardly all the important figures in there, goes into almost no detail about them, and doesn't even touch
our teachings and beliefs, I think that's about what you asked for. I'm perfectly willing to go into more detail about anything you may be curious about though. I used to be a missionary, so it's not like it's anything I haven't done before.
And while I apologize to those of you who don't think the above is necessarily on topic for a Hellsing
fancomic fan-forum, in my defense it is on topic for this particular thread. That and Mrrout literally asked for it, so there