Mormon Beliefs and Practices and Church Structure

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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.

Mormon Beliefs and Practices and Church Structure

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.

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  • 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.

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