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.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an influential entity, and its strictures reach far and wide. The Church provides a great deal of reading material, both religious and secular, and some top-notch institutions for higher education. It has developed one of the foremost genealogical records in existence, as keeping track of family history is a vital part of the religion. This section provides information about Mormon education and books, genealogy, and culture.
- The practice of genealogy for Mormons is used partly so they can perform proxy baptisms for the dead. In the 1990s, the use of proxy baptisms for Jews who perished during the Holocaust caused a great deal of controversy. Read more about that episode from CNN.com or PBS’s special on the Mormons.
For Mormon education …
is a product of Brigham Young University, which lays out various options for Mormon higher education. You’ll find links for BYU, BYU Idaho, BYU Hawaii, LDS Business College, and Institutes of Religion. Look for general admissions information, high school preparation details, college financing suggestions, and more. You may also want to take a look at BYU’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies
For Mormon books …
is a publisher and retailer associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offering an abundant collection of Mormon books and other material. Purchase Scripture on this site as well.
allows you to listen to audio of Mormon Scriptures on its site. Either read or listen to the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.
For Mormon music …
provides a large selection of Mormon music available for free download. Easily search the site for the song you want and preview the song before downloading it. The music is available in many different languages.
For genealogy tools …
was created because of the importance of family in the Mormon faith. Although this is a Mormon endeavor, FamilySearch.org has become a tremendous tool for anyone tracing his or her family lineage. Search the database using a number of possible criteria. There are also specific databases for Jewish and African-American genealogy on this site, although all religions and ethnicities can be searched with the main search engine at the top of the page.
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