A view of the former FLDS compound in Eldorado, Texas

Mormon Fundamentalism

Mormon Fundamentalism Mormon fundamentalism (also called fundamentalist Mormonism) is a belief in the validity of selected fundamental aspects of Mormonism as taught and practiced in the nineteenth century, particularly during the administrations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, the first two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Mormon fundamentalists seek to uphold tenets and...

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith Joseph Smith Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement. When he was 24, Smith published the Book of Mormon. By the time of his death, 14 years later, he had attracted tens of thousands of followers...

Degrees of Glory

Degrees of Glory In Latter-day Saint theology and cosmology, there are three degrees of glory (alternatively, kingdoms of glory) which are the ultimate, eternal dwelling place for nearly all who lived on earth after they are resurrected from the spirit world. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that...

Mormonism

What Is Mormonism? Mormonism is the predominant religious tradition of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity started by Joseph Smith in Western New York in the 1820s and 30s. The word Mormon originally derived from the Book of Mormon, a religious text published by Smith, which he said he translated from golden plates with divine assistance. The book describes itself as a...

Exaltation in Mormonism

Exaltation in Mormonism Exaltation or Eternal Life is a belief among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) that mankind can return to live in God’s presence and continue as families.[1] Exaltation is believed to be what God desires for all humankind. The Church teaches that through exaltation believers may become joint-heirs with...

The Philosophy Of Mormonism

The Philosophy Of Mormonism CHAPTER I In this attempt to treat the philosophy of “Mormonism” it is assumed that no discussion of Christianity in general nor of the philosophy of Christianity is required. The “Mormon” creed, so far as there is a creed professed by the Latter-day Saints, is pre-eminently...

Selections from the Book of Moses

Book of Moses

Book of Moses *Not to be confused with Five Books of Moses or Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses. The Book of Moses, dictated by Joseph Smith, is part of the scriptural canon for some in the Latter Day Saint movement. The book begins with the “Visions of Moses,” a prologue to the story of the creation and the fall of...

Word of Wisdom of LDS

What Is “Word of Wisdom”? The “Word of Wisdom” is the common name of a section of the Doctrine and Covenants,[1] a book considered by many churches within the Latter Day Saint movement to consist of revelations from God. It is also the name of a health code based on this scripture, practiced most strictly by The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Mormonism’s Sacred Texts

Mormonism’s Sacred Texts The standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) are the four books that currently constitute its open scriptural canon, due to the LDS belief in continuous revelation. Main Articles: Latter Day Saint Canons, Standard Work, LDS Edition of the Bible, Joseph Smith...

The Book Of Abraham

The Book Of Abraham The Book of Abraham is a 1835 work produced by Joseph Smith[1] that he said was based on Egyptian papyri purchased from a traveling mummy exhibition. According to Smith, the book was “a translation of some ancient records … purporting to be the writings of Abraham,...

Doctrine And Covenants

Doctrine and Covenants The Doctrine and Covenants (sometimes abbreviated and cited as D&C or D. and C.) is a part of the open scriptural canon of several denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement. Originally published in 1835 as Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints: Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God, editions...

Joseph Smith Translation Of The Bible

Joseph Smith Translation Of The Bible The Joseph Smith Translation (JST), also called the Inspired Version (IV), was a revision of the Bible by Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. Smith considered this work to be “a branch of his calling” as a prophet. Smith was...

Other The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sects

Latter Day Saint Canons

Latter Day Saint Canons Other The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sects Canons of various Latter Day Saint denominations diverge from the LDS Standard Works. For instance, the Bickertonite sect believes that the New Testament scriptures contain a true description of the church as established by Jesus Christ. Both the...

Joseph Smith—History

Joseph Smith—History Joseph Smith—History (abbreviated JS–H) is a book in the Pearl of Great Price that contains an autobiographical record of some of the early events in Joseph Smith’s life. It is part of the canonized Standard Works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The...

Joseph Smith—Matthew

Joseph Smith—Matthew Joseph Smith—Matthew (abbreviated JS–M) is a book in the Pearl of Great Price, a scriptural text used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and other Latter Day Saint denominations. Joseph Smith—Matthew consists of Joseph Smith, Jr.’s “retranslation” of portions of the Gospel of...

LDS Edition of The Bible

LDS Edition of The Bible The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) publishes editions of the Bible in English and Spanish that it encourages its members to use. The text of the LDS Church’s English-language Bible is the Authorized King James Version and the church’s Spanish-language Bible...

Pearl Of Great Price (Mormonism)

Pearl Of Great Price (Mormonism) The Pearl of Great Price is part of the standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church; see also Mormonism) and some other Latter Day Saint denominations. The first paragraph of the Introductory Note in the LDS edition of the...

Standard Works

Standard Works The standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) are the four books that currently constitute its open scriptural canon, due to the LDS belief in continuous revelation. Holy Bible (King James version)[1] The Book of Mormon, subtitled since 1981“Another Testament of Jesus...

Problems With Book Of Mormon

Problems With Book Of Mormon In these “latter days,” there are few people who haven’t been visited at least once by Mormon missionaries. At some point in your doorstep dialogue, these earnest young men will ask you to accept a copy of the Book of Mormon, read it, and pray...

Book Of Mormon

Book of Mormon The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement, which adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421.[1][2] It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of...

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