How Old is That Religion? Mormonism & Sikhism

Have you ever seen a commercial linked to the Church of Latter Day Saints? Have you come across the word ‘Sikhism’ and wondered what the term was all about. In this article, you will get a chance to learn about both religions, including three facts on each belief system.

Mormonism: In 1830, a man by the name of Joseph Smith founded the religion that would later attract more than 12 million adherents, who believe in the God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost (seen as three separate individual beings). Mormonism, also referred to as the Latter Day Saints, is listed as starting in New York. A Mormon also believes that human existed as spirits before their life began, where salvation is marked with a return back to God. This is thought achieved through faith in Christ, good deeds, ordinances, and evangelism.

3 Facts About Mormonism

1) The official Bible used in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the King James Version of the Bible.

2) One of the key components of the LDS Church is the missionary work that adherents participate in. When women turn 21 and men turn 18, they become eligible to engage in missionary work, while older couples may choose missionary labor in various parts of the world. Missions take place all over the world in regions that governments are open to preaching. An estimate taken in 2008 acknowledged more than 52,000 missionaries serving at 348 mission sites.

3) The Articles of Faith is a document that illustrates Mormon beliefs. They were created by founder Joseph Smith and expressed in a letter sent to John Wentworth , the editor of the Chicago Democrat. The letter was dated in 1842.

Sikhism: Around 1500 AD, Punjab, India became the location where Guru Nanak founded Sikhism, a religion followed by more than 23 million people. Those connected to the belief system follow One God (Ik Onkar, Nam) with a purpose to overcome the self, “align life with the will of God,” and to become what is referred to as a “saint soldier,” one who fights for the good of their people. Another aspect of the religion sees reincarnation play an important role, where one wishes to at some point merge with God.

3 Facts About Sikhism

1) Throughout the world, around 75% of Sikhs reside in the Indian state of Punjab, which is believed to make up 60% of the state’s population.

2) When a child is born, the Guru Granth Sahib (a holy scripture) is often opened to a random point, where the child is given a name that uses the first letter located at the top left-hand corner of the left page.

3) The celebrations or commemorations that Sikhs enjoy throughout the year are called Gurpurabs, which pay homage to the lives of Sikh gurus. Usually, the dates of the holidays fall on the date of a birthday or association of Sikh martyrdom.