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Compare Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormonism

Mormonism and the Jehovah's Witnesses are two well-known religions in the United States. The two faiths have much in common: they were founded within approximately 50 years of each other in the 1800s on the American East Coast; both began with founders who were dissatisfied with mainstream Christianity; neither believe in the Trinity; neither use the cross symbol; and adherents of both faiths participate in missionary activities.

Yet Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe the same things about God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. They disagree on the nature of the afterlife and on the importance of religious holidays and they have different sacred books. The chart below is intended to organize the main similarities and differences of these two American-born faiths.

 Jehovah's WitnessesMormonism (LDS)
religious authorityNew World Translation of the Scriptures; eldersBible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price (all equally); continuing revelations
textsNew World Translation of the ScripturesChristian Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price
Godone God: JehovahGod the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate individual beings
Trinityrejected (only Jehovah is God; Son is God's first creation; Holy Spirit is God's active force)rejected (Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three distinct beings who are "one in purpose")
JesusSon of God, Word of God, God's first creation, Archangel MichaelSon of God. Savior. Originally one of the spirit beings that all humans used to be. Has a physical body.
Holy SpiritGod's active force (impersonal)A spirit being who is a separate being from God and Jesus.
results of the FallPhysical and spiritual death entered the world
free willfree to do good or evilFree to do good or evil.
purpose of Jesus' lifeteach about God, provide a model for right living, die sacrificially for human sinteach about God, provide a model for right living, die sacrificially for human sin
death of Jesuscrucifixion on an upright stake (no crossbar)
 Jehovah's WitnessesMormonism (LDS)
resurrection of Jesusaffirmedaffirmed
salvationaccurate faith and good works ("learning about Jehovah and obeying his requirements")faith in Christ, good works, baptism, and temple ordinances (for entrance to the celestial kingdom; all are saved from hell)
second chance after deathyesYes, during a period of "learning and preparation" after death.
afterlifeHeaven for 144,000 chosen Witnesses, eternity on new earth for other Witnesses. All others annihilated. No hell.All return to spirit world instruction before resurrection. Then Mormons to heaven with God and families; others rewarded apart from God; hell for those who still reject God.
hellExists as a place of the dead (Jesus went there), but hellfire does not exist; idea was invented by Satan to turn people from Jehovah; unsaved souls are annihilatedThe wicked enter an unpleasant "spirit prison" prior to judgment; after that, only the most obstinately wicked (like Satan) will be consigned to "Outer Darkness" for eternity.
house of worshipKingdom Hallchapel (for weekly worship); temple (for ceremonies)
doctrine of sacramentssymbolic acts commanded by Christordinances are covenants between man and God and a means of grace; some are necessary for salvation
symbolswatchtower (cross rejected as a pagan symbol)No official symbol; cross is not used; the angel Moroni raising a trumpet is seen atop Mormon temples.
holidaysMemorial of Christ's death, celebrated annually. All Christian or other religious-based holidays are rejected as unbiblical and pagan.Easter, Christmas, celebrations of events in Mormon history.
politicsminimal involvement
 Jehovah's WitnessesMormonism (LDS)
blood transfusionsrejectedaccepted

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Title Compare Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormonism
Last UpdatedFebruary 13, 2021
MLA Citation “Compare Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormonism.” 13 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022. <>