This is part of a collection of the questions and discussions I came up with while researching the claims of Mormonism, reading their books and discussions had with their missionaries.
What is the Gospel (Good News)? This was one of the questions I had asked when meeting with three Mormons one evening. The answer was that Jesus is the Christ and that He atones for our sins. But further questioning revealed that this is a universal claim (pertaining to everyone) in their view. Because of His sacrifice all will have a resurrection but there are three heavens that people would attain to based upon works, efforts, and strivings. So almost like Pelagianism, Arminianism, and the New Pauline Perspective, Jesus makes salvation merely possible by dying on the cross. To actually get into heaven or stay “in good standing” with God is totally up to you and your abilities or works. There was nothing about living a life of gratitude within the grace of God. Like most the other groups mentioned above, grace is dangerous and if we are totally free and 100% righteous due to the substitution of Christ, then they see no point to righteous living in this life. There must be works factored into the equation of salvation for them so as to stir up good works and to maintain discipline.