The History of the Mormon Religion


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

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The History of the Mormon Religion

Mormonism is a fairly young religion. It was founded by Joseph Smith in the first half of the 19th century, which was a time of great religious fervor in the United States; the area of upstate New York where Smith’s story began was known as the “Burned-over District” because of the vigorous evangelism that occurred there. Smith, who was supposedly visited by various divine spirits, attracted a substantial group of followers. This section traces Mormon history from its founding under Joseph Smith to its journey out West. We will also trace the history of and offer some contemporary information about polygamy and fundamentalist groups below.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • This part of the guide contains a cross-section of sources. You’ll find historical information about Mormons written by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and you’ll see sources from Hollywood movies and television shows. We wanted to show you how certain facets of Mormonism are perceived in different media; note that some of these sources may be biased toward a particular perspective.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ, the Church of God, the Church of the Latter Day Saints, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (no hyphen)were names of the church at different points throughout the 1800s, but are no longer official today.
  • As you will learn in this section, Mormons no longer practice polygamy. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not consider polygamists to be Mormon. You will find, however, that these groups are sometimes referred to as “fundamentalist” Mormons by the media.

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Mormon News, Current Events, and Contemporary Issues

Mormonism has existed for more than 175 years now, but recently it has spent significant time in ... read more »

Connecting With the Mormon Community

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Mormon Blogs

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Exploring Mormon education, arts, and culture

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