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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, informally known as the LDS Church or Mormon Church, is a restorationist, nontrinitarian Christian denomination that is the largest denomination in the Latter Day Saint movement. The church is headquartered in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah and has established congregations and built temples worldwide. According to the church, it has over 17 million members and over 72,000 full-time volunteer missionaries. The church was the fourth-largest Christian denomination in the United States as of 2012, and reported over 6.8 million US members as of 2022.The church was founded as the Church of Christ in western New York, in 1830 by Joseph Smith during the Second Great Awakening. Under Smith's leadership, the church's headquarters moved successively to Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. After Smith's 1844 death and a resultant succession crisis, the majority of his followers sided with Brigham Young, who led the church to its current headquarters in Salt Lake City. Young and his successors continued the church's growth, first throughout the Intermountain West, and more recently as a national and international organization. Church theology includes the Christian doctrine of salvation through Jesus Christ, and his substitutionary atonement on behalf of mankind. The church has an open canon of four scriptural texts: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C), and the Pearl of Great Price. Other than the Bible, the majority of the church canon consists of material the church's members believe to have been revealed by God to Joseph Smith, including commentary and exegesis about the Bible, texts described as lost parts of the Bible, and other works believed to be written by ancient prophets, including the Book of Mormon. Because of doctrinal differences, many Christian groups consider the church to be distinct and separate from mainstream Christianity.Members of the church, known as Latter-day Saints or Mormons, believe that the church president is a modern-day "prophet, seer, and revelator" and that Jesus Christ, under the direction of God the Father, leads the church by revealing his will and delegating his priesthood keys to its president. The president heads a hierarchical structure descending from areas to stakes and wards. The church has a volunteer clergy at the local and regional levels; wards are led by bishops, who are drawn from the membership of the wards themselves. Male members may be ordained to the priesthood, provided they are living the standards of the church. Women are not ordained to the priesthood, but occupy leadership roles in some church organizations.Both men and women may serve as missionaries. The church maintains a large missionary program that proselytizes and conducts humanitarian services worldwide. The church also funds and participates in humanitarian projects independent of its missionary efforts. Members adhere to church laws of sexual purity, health, fasting, and Sabbath observance, and contribute ten percent of their income to the church in tithing. The church teaches ordinances through which adherents make covenants with God, including baptism, confirmation, the sacrament, priesthood ordination, endowment and celestial marriage.The church has been criticized throughout its history. Modern criticism includes disputes over the church's historical claims, treatment of minorities, and finances. The church's practice of polygamy was controversial until it was curtailed in 1890 and officially rescinded in 1904. History The history of the church can be divided into three broad time periods: (1) the early history during the lifetime of Joseph Smith, which is in common with all churches associated with the Latter Day Saint movement, (2) a pioneer era under the leadership of Brigham Young and his 19th-century successors, and (3) a modern era beginning around the turn of the 20th century as Utah achieved statehood. Beginnings Joseph Smith formally organized the church as the Church of Christ, on April 6, 1830, in western New York; the church's name was later changed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.: 627 n. 73  Initial converts were drawn to the church in part because of the newly published Book of Mormon, a self-described chronicle of indigenous American prophets that Smith said he had translated from golden plates.: 57, 72, 90 Smith intended to establish the New Jerusalem in North America, called Zion.: 122  In 1831, the church moved to Kirtland, Ohio,: 97  and began establishing an outpost in Jackson County, Missouri,: 162 : 109  where Smith planned to eventually move the church headquarters. However, in 1833, Missouri settlers violently expelled the Latter Day Saints from Jackson County.: 222–227  The church attempted to recover the land through a paramilitary expedition, but did not succeed.: 141, 146–159 : 322  Nevertheless, the church flourished in Kirtland as Smith published new revelations and the church built the Kirtland Temple,: 101  culminating in a dedication of the building similar to the day of Pentecost.: 310–319 : 178  The Kirtland era ended in 1838, after a financial scandal rocked the church and caused widespread defections.: 328–338  Smith regrouped with the remaining church in Far West, Missouri, but tensions soon escalated into violent conflicts with the old Missouri settlers.: 357–364 : 227–230 : 97–98  Believing the Latter Day Saints to be in insurrection, the Missouri governor ordered that they be "exterminated or driven from the State". In 1839, the Latter Day Saints converted a swampland on the banks of the Mississippi River into Nauvoo, Illinois, which became the church's new headquarters.: 383–384  Nauvoo grew rapidly as missionaries sent to Europe and elsewhere gained new converts who then flooded into Nauvoo.: 409 : 258, 264–65  Meanwhile, Smith introduced polygamy to his closest associates.: 334–336 : 437  He also established ceremonies, which he stated the Lord had revealed to him, to allow righteous people to become gods in the afterlife, and a secular institution to govern the Millennial kingdom.: 120–122  He also introduced the church to a full accounting of his First Vision, in which he claimed that two heavenly "personages" appeared to him at age 14. This vision would come to be regarded by the LDS Church as the most important event in human history since the resurrection of Jesus.On June 27, 1844, Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois,: 393–394  while being held on charges of treason. Because Hyrum was Joseph's designated successor, their deaths caused a succession crisis,: 143 : 398  and Brigham Young assumed leadership over a majority of the church's membership.: 556–557  Young had been a close associate of Smith's and was the president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Smith's church. Other splinter groups followed other leaders around this time. These groups have n.... Discover the The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day popular books. Find the top 100 most popular The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day books.

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    The Plan of Salvation

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    "The plan of salvation is God’s plan for the happiness of His children. It is centered on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. If you will follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, you will ...

  • History of Joseph Smith, the Prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints synopsis, comments

    History of Joseph Smith, the Prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Joseph Smith & B. H. Roberts

    History of Joseph Smith, the Prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints is a semiofficial history of the early Latter Day Saint movement during the lifetime of foun...

  • Ensign, May 2012 synopsis, comments

    Ensign, May 2012

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Addresses from the 182nd Annual General Conference. SATURDAY MORNING SESSION As We Gather Once Again | President Thomas S. Monson And a Little Child Shall Lead Them | President Boy...

  • The Book of Mormon synopsis, comments

    The Book of Mormon

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of ...

  • Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints synopsis, comments

    Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    Orson Spencer

    Author and theologian Orson Spencer was a prominent early intellectual of the Church of the LatterDay Saints: in this book, he explains the spiritual tenets of Mormonism in a serie...

  • Unveiling Grace synopsis, comments

    Unveiling Grace

    Lynn K. Wilder

    A gripping story of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism for thirty years, found their way out and found faith in Jesus Christ.For thirty years, Lynn Wilder, once a t...

  • The Articles of Faith A Series of Lectures on the Principal Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints synopsis, comments

    The Articles of Faith A Series of Lectures on the Principal Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    James E. Talmage

    <b>The Articles of Faith: A Comprehensive Guide to the Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints:</b> Explore the world of one of the world's fast...

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    Ensign, May 2013

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    "Contents Saturday Morning Session Welcome to Conference These Things I Know A Sure Foundation We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father The Savior Wants to Forgive “This Is My Work ...

  • Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual synopsis, comments

    Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    This manual is a resource to help seminary teachers prepare lessons from the scriptures. It provides 160 lessons that contain teaching suggestions, doctrines and principles, and sc...

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    Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    There are many reasons why one should want to come to the temple. Even its external appearance seems to hint of its deeply spiritual purposes. Much more is this evident within its ...

  • Ensign, November 2012 synopsis, comments

    Ensign, November 2012

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    SATURDAY MORNING SESSION Welcome to Conference | President Thomas S. Monson Can Ye Feel So Now? | Elder Quentin L. Cook I Know It. I Live It. I Love It. | Ann M. Dibb An Unspeakabl...

  • History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints synopsis, comments

    History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    Joseph Smith Jr.

    This history was produced by assignment from Church leaders at the beginning of the 20th century. The History editor was B. H. Roberts, a prominent LDS leader. Roberts' assignm...

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    Holy Bible

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    The 2013 edition of the Holy Bible contains all of the study aids contained in the 1979 edition and includes revisions to the study aids, several new photos, updated maps, and adju...

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    For the Strength of Youth

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    OUR DEAR YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN, we have great confidence in you. You are beloved sons and daughters of God and He is mindful of you. You have come to earth at a time of great o...

  • Book of Mormon Seminary Home-Study Guide synopsis, comments

    Book of Mormon Seminary Home-Study Guide

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    "The homestudy seminary program is designed to help you strengthen your understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ and apply its teachings in your daily life through a study of th...

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    Preach My Gospel

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    This is the standard curriculum for all mission presidents, fulltime missionaries, and ward missionaries. It may also be used by leaders and members in stakes and wards. It describ...

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    The Book of Mormon Teacher Manual

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    This manual is a resource to help seminary teachers prepare lessons from the scriptures. It provides 160 lessons that contain teaching suggestions, doctrines and principles, and sc...

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    Teaching, No Greater Call

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Part A: Your Call to TeachThe Importance of Gospel Teaching in God’s Plan Part A: Your Call to TeachPrepare Yourself Spiritually Part A: Your Call to TeachImprove upon Your Talents...

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    The Word of Wisdom

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Because our physical condition affects us spiritually, our Heavenly Father gives us commandments designed to improve our physical and spiritual health. As part of the Restoration o...

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    Gospel Teaching and Learning

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    The Church Educational System (CES) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints operates under the direction of the Board of Education and the Boards of Trustees of The Churc...

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    The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    "God is your Father in Heaven. He knows you personally and loves you more than you can comprehend. He wants you to be happy in this life and in eternity. To accomplish this purpose...

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    HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

    Joseph Smith Jr.

    This book contains an introduction by B. H. Roberts The timeperiod covered in this sixth volume of the HISTORY OF THE CHURCH is less than one year from the 1st of September, 184...

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    The Book of Mormon Student Manual

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    This manual was written as the course curriculum for homestudy seminary students. It contains writing assignments for each of the 32 units. It also contains insights, images, and d...

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    The Gospel of Jesus Christ

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    The gospel of Jesus Christ is our Heavenly Father’s plan for the happiness and salvation of His children. It is called the gospel of Jesus Christ because the Atonement of Jesus Chr...

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    Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    1985 publication First Presidency Preface; hymns; section on using the hymnbook, and indexes of authors and composers; titles, tunes, and meters; tune names, meters, scriptures, to...