Mormonism: Delving into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
According to statistics gathered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal name for the Mormon Church), more than two-thirds of Utah’s inhabitants are Mormon. The current Church membership is almost 13 million people worldwide, and Mormonism is allegedly the second fastest growing U.S. religion. The Church is the most affluent church per capita in the United States. Despite all these facts and figures, the Church remains shrouded in much mystery and misrepresentation, though the presidential run of Mitt Romney has given Mormonism much more public attention. This guide will teach you about Mormon beliefs, practices, and history; introduce you to Mormon news sources and illustrate the religion’s place in current events; and help you connect with the Mormon online community.
As aforementioned, Mormon beliefs are not well known internationally or even in the United States, where it was founded and where a Mormon is running for president. This section will elucidate Mormon beliefs and practices, as well as the organization of the LDS Church.
- When Mormonism’s founder Joseph Smith was killed, the Mormon movement split. But the followers of Joseph Smith were and are considered part of the LDS(Latter-day Saints) Restoration Movement, the umbrella term.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“the Church”) is by far the largest sect of the LDS Restoration Movement, and it is based in Salt Lake City.
- Members of this denomination go by many names, including Mormons and Latter-day Saints. There are a number of other branches of the LDS Restoration Movement with some, not all, calling themselves Mormon. Making matters more complicated, the Church is opposed to calling sects other than itself “Mormon.”
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the official name of this primary sect. The Mormon Church, the LDS Church, and the Church of the Latter-day Saints are less formal names, and the Church tends to avoid those titles. Here is a link to a naming style guide created by the Church.
- Mormons categorize themselves as Christians.
- Mormon.org, an official Church site, offers free copies of the Bible or the Book of Mormon (scroll down to the bottom of the page). The Church promotes the use of the King James Version of the Bible for English speakers.
- Keep in mind that certain Mormons may not agree with the content found in all of the Web sites we’ve listed here.
provides a very condensed summary of Mormon beliefs in bullet-point format. Watch out for pop-up advertisements, though.
is an official Web site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Primarily for teaching the basics about the religion and finding new members, this site includes testimonials from recent converts to Mormonism. The “Basic Beliefs
” section is a good general resource for anyone who wants an introduction to the religion.
is another official Web site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It provides a far more in-depth approach to all aspects of the religion than Mormon.org. Whereas Mormon.org is geared toward newcomers, this site also caters to longtime members of the Church. The site should answer most of your questions about Mormon beliefs and family values. For the easiest site navigation, use the category headings on the top of the homepage.
created this Web site based on its four-hour production on Mormonism. The site is packed with clear and concise information that both Mormons and non-Mormons will find useful. The FAQ section contains extensive answers to common questions and concerns about the Mormon faith. There are also sections for interviews and discussions. Buy the DVD
or watch the series
on the Web site.
The Encyclopedia of Mormonism
is an extraordinary resource on the religion, compiled by Brigham Young University, a Mormon educational institution. According to the site, it “remains the most encyclopedic coverage of Mormonism ever produced.” Written by various authors, the entries can be accessed on the site in alphabetical order. The only downside of this resource is its overwhelming size. This encyclopedia is best approached when you have a topic in mind that you would like to research further.
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