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Published: Thursday, Aug. 29 2013 2:40 p.m. MDT

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Funny --

The exact same thing can be said about Mormons and Muslims as well.

As-salamu alaykum
Peace be unto you, Peace be upon you.
My Peace, I give unto you.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

I can't decide whether Jews or Mormons should be more offended by this simplistic comparison.

Kaysville, UT

When I think of Jewish people, I feel like I am thinking about my cousins and have a true fondness and affection for them. The Jewish celebration of the Feast of the Tabernacles has many parallels to our Thanksgiving; family gathering, feasting, giving thanks. We both honor our dead, try to serve God and lead good lives. I appreciate their contributions to our scriptures, laws and culture. America once had a Judeo-Christian cultural foundation that was the source of our strength. My ancestors, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror and others honored and protected the Jewish people and the important strengths they have brought to the world. God bless you, my Jewish brothers and sisters.

Kirkland, WA

Sweet but ... Abby must be a VERY recent graduate of BYU. This is a little simplistic ... although I agree there are many comparisons of Jews & Mormons.

layton, UT

RE:Jews and Chritians believe that God created all that exists ex nihilo (out of nothing). Mormonism is quite different in its cosmology, claiming that God fashioned the universe out of preexisting material. God is eternal in some forms of LDS theology, but so is preexisting matter, including the material used by God to create human beings.
@ dietary restrictions. Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. (Col 2:16-17)
I had a friend who had her husband go war and she kissed his picture every day upon his return she still kissed his picture even though she had the real(ality) person there.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Here's another similarity: A recent study found that while atheists and agnostics know more about religion than does any relgious group, Mormons and Jews know the most among religious people.

spring street

There are also many comparisons between Jews, Mormons, and Muslims.

@ PLM: Many cultures - including Native Americans, Pagans, and Buddhists - honor their dead, hold feasts of Thanksgiving, serve God or the gods, and try to lead good lives.

There are more similarities between people than there are differences. It would be nice if we could focus on that as a general principle instead of an itty bitty principle.

Brigham City, UT

In 2008, 78% of Jews voted for Mr. Obama; 78% of Mormons voted for Mr. McCain; in 2012, 69% of Jews voted for Mr. Obama. It is true the numbers are shifting. And the same could be said of Muslims.

Baton Rouge, LA

@ A Scientist,

"I can't decide whether Jews or Mormons should be more offended by this simplistic comparison."

I'm certain the types who look to be offended will have no problem here, regardless of their background.

mountain man
Salt Lake City, UT

I notice this article didn't mention many similarities. I've taken Jews, Muslims and Mormons to lunch. They all want to be good, honest people. They don't want to kill others. They all want to take care of the poor.
One does not believe Christ.. One believes Christ was a prophet like the other prophets and one believes Christ is the savior of the world and is the son of God.

Eldersburg, MD

Ancient Israelites made covenants with God through His Priesthood authority with the Law of Moses or the lesser law. This was a "schoolmaster" to come to Christ that arose due to disobedience leading to 40 years in the wilderness.

Faithful Jews and Gentiles received same covenant after the ministry of Jesus Christ as mentioned in Mark 14:24, "And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.". Testament is better translated to "covenant".

This covenant was restored using the same patterns of the Bible by Priesthood authority through a living prophet to fulfill the promise made to Abraham for his posterity. The purpose was to restore Christ’s church to gather the 12 tribes of Israel preparatory to the second coming of Christ.

God’s Church and religion is bound by the same Priesthood authority and covenants, though its form and doctrine on the earth has varied based on the faith of those who are called. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and His course is one eternal round. Evil divides religion to draw people away from truth.

sandy, UT

Large families, dietary restrictions and modest dress are a few of the similarities author Rabbi Perry Tirschwell noted in his article, “Our Friends the Mormons” that ran on The Jewish Press.com on Aug. 29.

Landau describes searching Google for "Modern Orthodox bridesmaids dresses" or "Jewish bridesmaid dresses" and "Tasteful bridesmaid dresses," but the results only brought up dresses listed at $400 or more that were far too modest, "covering everything from clavicle to wrist, to ankle."

WOW "too modest" for a Mormon and a Jew? They could have dressed like Muslim brides! Now that's modest

Somewhere in Time, UT

latter-Day Saints have always known that there are many similarities and connections between Mormons and Jews. It is the Jews who are just beginning to learn this.


The people that we commonly refer to as, "Jewish" aren't really Jews. Jewish and Jew are two different things. Jew refers to those who are actually descendants and Jewish refers to those who came from Rome, whose descendants presently occupy the land of the Jews. Pretty much like the Europeans who came here from Europe who now refer to themselves as Americans.

Occupying the land of another nation does not automatically change the Natal Nationality of a people.

We are more like the Moslem's in our practices because, essentially, this gospel is what the Moslems embraced before they were forced, by orders from Pope Nicholas V to become Christians, by reducing them to slavery. It states:

In 18 June 1452: Pope Nicholas V issues Dum Diversas, a bull authorising Alphonso
V of Portugal to reduce any "Saracens (Muslims) and pagans and any other unbelievers" to perpetual slavery.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

One thing I have noted is that the LDS generally (not always but generally) have a better understanding than many other Christians of the religion's Jewish roots.

I am sometimes surprised that good, faithful Christians of my acquaintance have little knowledge of the Jewish faith.

Overall, I have found that the better I understand the Old Testament (Judaism as practiced at the time of Christ and before), the better I understand the New Testament and Book of Mormon.

mid-state, TN

Jews and Mormons could be more similar.

Rabbis from the Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative (USA) denominations are happy to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.


Glendora, CA

My brother-in-law is Jewish. He is like a brother to me, and is my favorite brother-in-law. We can joke about a lot of things and not get offended. My favorite joke to him is that he has to take care of his "Mormon American princess" wife. He loves that one.

Bountiful, utah

I found the Mormons and Messianic Jews have a lot in common theologically- It really surprised me.

Eldersburg, MD


"ex nihilo" is popular in Jewish and Christian sects, but not all believe in it. Science proves that matter cannot be created out of nothing and Mormon doctrine is compatible.

Christianity, Judaism, and Mormonism were mentioned as separate religions. Mormons couldn't be more Christian with the Savior Jesus Christ being at the center of everything we do. But, it also has a close resemblance to Judaism with temple building and other facets.

Separating Mormons from the word Christian has been a false rumor since the days of Joseph Smith, along with the whole “cult” association. All one has to do is attend a Sacrament meeting on Sunday in a Mormon Chapel and see plainly that devotion to Jesus Christ and living His Gospel are at the core of beliefs and practices.

Some of this is from negativity with differences between Creedal and Reformation Christianity. Another one is jealously from proselyting success. Most Christian sects say that God has done His work and all we can do is believe in Him as the Heavens are closed in these days. Mormons know God is unchangeable and Christ's Church was restored by the same patterns in the Bible.

Pleasant Grove, UT

While there are a lot of cultural and communal similarities and shared values, there are still vast differences when we look at actual theology. While many of our scriptures are shared by Mormons, we don't recognize or accept most of theirs. E.g., New Testament, Book of Mormon, D&S, Pearl of Great Price. Similarly, they don't give any accord to our Talmud. When it comes to the actual theology, there's very little in common.

That said, we like our LDS neighbors and neighborhood even though we recognize that we'll never really be a part of the community.

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