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Joseph Smith, Jr.


Mormonism (LDS)

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Church, LDS Church

Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805–1844)

Thomas S. Monson (1927–), the church’s President, “prophet, seer and revelator"

Fayette, New York, USA (1830)

Salt Lake City, Utah (USA)

include Brigham Young University (BYU), LDS Business College

include Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (formerly FARMS)

include the Bible (King James Version, Inspired Version [Joseph Smith Translation]), the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, Gospel Principles

include Ensign, Liahona, Friend, New Era, Deseret Morning News

Music and the Spoken Word

Mormonism’s aberrant doctrines and practices are numerous. For example, it claims that God restored true Christianity to the earth through Joseph Smith, Jr. and that all other churches are apostate. Mormonism teaches that there are many gods (including the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost — each one a distinct god), and that worthy humans may advance spiritually to one day become gods themselves. Eternal life is ultimately dependent on one’s good works. Baptism for the dead is a provision for those who left this life without having heard the Mormon gospel.

The church’s practice of polygamy (into the early 20th century), as well as its denial of the priesthood to males of African descent (until 1978), are just two of the many controversies which surround it.

In recent years the Mormon church has sought to persuade the public that it is a mainstream Christian religion, downplaying many of its distinctive doctrines and practices.

13 million

Albania, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Democratic Republic), Congo (Republic), Cook Islands, Corsica, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Micronesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Niue, Norway, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Present in most of the world’s nations, with the main exception of communist or predominantly Muslim countries.

include Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian (East), Aymara, Bengali, Bikolano, Bislama, Bulgarian, Cakchiquel, Cambodian, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Efik, English, Estonian, Fante, Fijian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Guarani, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Ilokano, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kekchi, Kiribati, Kisii, Korean, Kuna, Laotian, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Mam, Maori, Marshallese, Mayan, Mongolian, Navajo, Neomelanesian, Niuean, Norwegian, Palauan, Pampango, Pangasinan, Papiamento, Persian, Pohnpeian, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua-Bolivia, Quechua-Peru, Quiche, Quichua, Rarotongan, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Shona, Sinhala, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tongan, Trukese, Tswana, Turkish, Twi, Tzotzil, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Waray, Welsh, Xhosa, Yapese, Zulu

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