Salvation in Mormonism

Definition: Salvation in Mormonism
faith in Christ, good works, baptism, and temple ordinances (for entrance to the celestial kingdom; all are saved from hell)

Like other Christian faiths, Mormons define salvation as "redemption from the bondage of sin and death, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ."[#860] However, Mormons differ from mainstream Christianity in identifying multiple levels of salvation or "degrees of glory."

Because Mormons believe that originally people lived with God as spirits before being sent to this world, salvation in Mormonism means returning to God after this life.

Mormons believe salvation is attained through a combination of faith in the Atonement of Christ and good works, with emphasis on the good works.

In Mormonism, salvation can be achieved by:

  • believing in God and Jesus
  • doing good (being kind, fair, loving, etc.)
  • developing moral character
  • repenting of sins and attaining forgiveness through the Atonement of Christ
  • being baptized and participating in other Mormon ordinances
  • spreading the Mormon faith


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Title Salvation in Mormonism
Last UpdatedJanuary 31, 2021
MLA Citation “Salvation in Mormonism.” 31 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022. <>