The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Official logo since 2020 featuring the ''[[Christus (statue)|Christus]]'' statue 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 99,000 volunteer missionaries. As of 2012, the church was the fourth-largest Christian denomination in the U.S. As of 2023, the church reported over 6.8 million U.S. members.

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 informally as 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. Provided by Wikipedia
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    A study of the articles of faith : being a consideration of the principal doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. by Talmage, James E. (James Edward), 1862-1933

    Published 1949
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    Journal of discourses /

    Published 1964
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    The Book of Mormon : an account /

    Published 1950
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    The Book of Mormon : an account /

    Published 1949
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    A rational theology as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints / by Widtsoe, John Andreas, 1872-1952

    Published 1952
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    Children's songbook of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Published 1989
    “…Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints…”
    Musical Score Book
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    Far West record : minutes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1844 /

    Published 1983
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    The Family Historian A Creative Writer. World Conference on Records: Preserving Our Heritage (Salt Lake City, Utah, August 12-15, 1980). Series 111 / by Flack, Dora

    Published 1980
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    A comprehensive history of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints, century I... / by Roberts, B. H. (Brigham Henry), 1857-1933

    Published 1930
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    Things Are Happening A Survey Report of North American Family History Activity. Series 340 / by Bennion, Roy B.

    Published 1980
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    A Community College Family History Program The North Carolina Experience. Series 352 / by Stirewalt, Maurice R.

    Published 1980
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    The Book of Mormon : an account written by the Hand of Mormon upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi. Translated by Joseph Smith, jun.

    Published 1961
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    Essentials in church history : a history of the church from the birth of Joseph Smith to the present time / by Smith, Joseph Fielding, 1876-1972

    Published 1966
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    The doctrine and covenants, of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints containing the revelation given to Joseph Smith, Jun., the prophet, for the building up of the kingdo... by Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844

    Published 1890
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    The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints : containing the revelations given to Joseph Smith, jun. ... Divided into verses with references /

    Published 1911
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