For example, the formula for water baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and the concept of a triune God as well as other things which are not listed here. Neither of these doctrines we have pinpointed were held nor taught by the Apostles.
Beginnings[ edit ] Adherents believe that Joseph Smith was called to be a modern-day prophet through, among other events, a visitation from God the Father and Jesus Christ. This vision would come to be regarded by the LDS Church as the most important event in human history since the resurrection of Jesus.
These groups have no affiliation with the LDS Church.
Smith had predicted that the church would go to the West and be established in the tops of the Rocky Mountains. Young incorporated the LDS Church as a legal entity, and initially governed both the church and the state as a theocratic leader. He also publicized the practice of plural marriage a form of polygamy.
Bytensions had again escalated between Mormons and other Americans, largely as a result of accusations involving polygamy and the theocratic rule of the Utah Territory by Young.
United Statesdecreed that "religious duty" to engage in plural marriage was not a valid defense to prosecutions for violating state laws against polygamy. Conflict between Mormons and the U.
Soon thereafter, church president Wilford Woodruff issued a manifesto that officially suspended the practice. Relations with the United States markedly improved aftersuch that Utah was admitted as a U.
Relations further improved afterwhen church president Joseph F. Smith again disavowed polygamy before the United States Congress and issued a " Second Manifesto ", calling for all plural marriages in the church to cease, as they were already against church doctrine since Woodruff issued the Manifesto.
Eventually, the church adopted a policy of excommunicating its members found practicing polygamy and today actively distances itself from " fundamentalist " groups still practicing polygamy.
During the 20th century, the church grew substantially and became an international organization, due in part to the spread of missionaries around the globe. Inthe church reported 60, missionaries  and global church membership stood at just over 11 million.
One significant change was the ordination of men of black African descent to the priesthood inwhich reversed a policy originally instituted by Brigham Young in For example, since the early s, the church has instituted a Priesthood Correlation Program to centralize church operations and bring them under a hierarchy of priesthood leaders.
During the Great Depressionthe church also began operating a church welfare system, and it has conducted numerous humanitarian efforts in cooperation with other religious organizations including Catholic Relief Services and Islamic Reliefas well as secular organizations such as the American Red Cross.
Teachings and practices[ edit ] Authorized texts[ edit ] The written canon of the LDS Church is referred to as its standard works. The church believes that this Angel Moroni is at least partial fulfillment of Revelation The church characterizes the Book of Mormon as "the most correct of any book on earth and the keystone of [the] religion".
Sometimes, however, parts of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible corrections and restorations of assertedly damaged or lost passages are considered authoritative. Other historical items and revelations are found in the Doctrine and Covenants. Another source of authoritative doctrine is the pronouncements of the current Apostles and members of the First Presidency.
For example, the Mormon cosmology and plan of salvation include the doctrines of a pre-mortal lifethree degrees of heavenand exaltation.
According to these doctrines, every human spirit is a literal child of a Heavenly Fatherand each has the potential to continue to learn, grow, and progress in the eternities, eventually achieving eternal life which Latter-day Saints view as distinct from immortalitywhich is to become one with God in the same way that Jesus Christ is one with the Father, thus allowing the children of God to become divine beings or "gods" themselves.
According to LDS Church theology, men and women may be "sealed" to one another so that their marital bond continues into the eternities. The church teaches that all will have the opportunity to hear and accept or reject the gospel of Jesus Christ and the blessings that come to those who faithfully adhere to it, in this life or the next.
Ordinances such as baptisms for the dead, sealings, and endowments are performed in temples that are built and dedicated specifically for these purposes. The LDS faithful observe a health code called the " Word of Wisdom ," in which they abstain from the consumption of alcohol, coffee, tea, and tobacco.Christianity is the dynamic element in the history of our Western culture.
The life of Jesus Christ, the birth of Christianity, and the Apostolic Age (the first years) speak for themselves, for great historical movements do not spring from non-events.
This capsule . John Hus ( A.D.), a Roman Catholic Priest from Bohemia, while translating some sermons of John Wycliffe, became convinced of the universal priesthood of all believers; that Christ, not Peter, was the foundation of the Church, and that only Christ is the head of the Church.
He became one of the influences for the Protestant Reformation.
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