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Mormons are a religious group that combines ideas found in Christianity with revelations created by their founder, Joseph Smith. The majority of Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, which has more than fifteen million members worldwide.
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Key Facts & Information
- There is another Mormon denomination, the Community of Christ, based in Independence, Missouri, with around 250,000 members.
- The religion was officially established in 1830 with the publication of The Book of Mormon.
- The LDS church is now most present in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Europe, Philippines, Africa, and some parts of Oceania.
- Even though Mormons adopt many Christian beliefs, they also have their own philosophies, values, and practices.
- Although Mormons view themselves as Christians, a large number of Christians don’t perceive Mormonism as an official denomination.
- Mormons believe that Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected and that he is a divine being. They believe that God sent more prophets after Jesus’ death and that the first church has been reestablished in the modern day.
- Mormons are guided by four texts: The Christian Bible, The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price.
- The LDS church believes that Adam and Eve lived in Jackson County, Missouri, after being expelled from the Garden of Eden.
- Mormonism believes that there are three levels of heaven: celestial, terrestrial and telestial. People in the celestial kingdom will live in God’s presence.
- Mormons do not uphold the Christian idea of the trinity (God existing as three persons). Rather, they see the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as three individual gods.
- The LDS church views Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, as a prophet.
- Mormons follow a strict healthy lifestyle and are not permitted to consume liquor, tobacco, espresso, or tea.
- Mormons value family life, honorable deeds, respect for authority and evangelist work highly.
- Mormons wear special garments as part of rituals, such as undergarments that have religious importance. These are worn by adult Mormons when making sacred promises to God.
- Joseph Smith Jr. was born in Vermont on December 23, 1805. Aged 14, he claimed to have had a vision from God and Jesus that advised him not to join any Christian denominational places of worship.
- Then, aged 17, Smith asserted that he saw an angel named Moroni.
- Moroni told Smith that he had been chosen to interpret the Book of Mormon, a sacred text dating back to around the fourth century and named after Moroni’s father, Mormon.
- Moroni stated that this spiritual book contained data about the ancient people who lived in the Americas, and that it was engraved on golden plates close to Palmyra, New York, near Smith’s home at the time.
- Smith likewise declared that he saw John the Baptist while translating the Book of Mormon and taught him to reestablish the church by preaching the genuine gospel.
- After the Book of Mormon was published, Mormonism spread and developed quickly. Smith created Mormon communities in Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois.
- Smith was censured and oppressed by many for spreading his new ideas and beliefs. In February 1844, he and his brother were imprisoned for treason. In June 1844, he and his brother were killed in prison by a group of anti-Mormons in Carthage, Illinois.
MORMON WESTERN EXPANSION
- A large number of Mormons followed Brigham Young, who became Smith’s successor. Young directed an enormous gathering of oppressed Mormons from Illinois in a quest for religious freedom. In 1847, he and his fellow pioneers arrived at Utah’s Salt Lake Valley.
- During the 1850s, Young organized the relocation of around 16,000 Mormons from Illinois to Utah.
- He founded Salt Lake City and was made the first governor of the Utah Territory. He was made President of the Church and maintained this title until he died in 1877.
- Scholars think that Young heavily impacted the religious and political landscape of the American West.
- The headquarters of the LDS church are in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s led by a prophet who acts as president of the church for life.
- The congregation’s progression comprises The First Presidency (president and two advisors), The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The First Quorum of the Seventy, Stake Presidency, Ward Bishopric, and Individual Member.
- Youngsters in the congregation are regularly baptized at 8 years old. Those aged 12 and over can enter a ministry known as the Aaronic Priesthood. Those over 18 can go into the Melchizedek Priesthood.
- Despite the fact that the LDS church prohibited the act of polygamy in 1890, Mormons have historically married numerous spouses.
- Recently, the congregation recognized that Joseph Smith had up to 40 wives, some aged just 14.
- Nowadays, Mormons dislike polygamy and decide to wed only one life partner.
- However, a few fundamentalists who have parted from the congregation, remain polygamous.
- Mormonism has recently entered popular American culture.
- Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney brought Mormonism to the attention of American politics in 2012.
- The famous comedy musical, The Book of Mormon, also examines the religion, but has had varied responses from the Mormon community.
- A 2011 Pew Research survey found that around 62 percent of Mormons consider Americans to be ignorant about their religion. Almost half stated that Mormons face a great deal of discrimination.
- Mormonism is believed to be a quickly developing religion. Some specialists estimate that if present trends are maintained, there could be 265 million Mormons worldwide by 2080.
- Mormonism is a moderately new faith and so is still striving to carve out a place for itself as a significant world religion, but it is likely to be a main contender in the future.
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