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God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate individual beings who are one in purpose (the "Godhead"). The Father and Jesus Christ have physical bodies. After death, souls receive instruction before being reunited with their bodies. Good Mormons live forever in Heaven with God and their families, good non-Mormons are rewarded but do not have the presence of God, and those who reject the Godhead even after instruction go to Hell.


Abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea; baptism for the dead; eternal marriage; temple garments under daily clothes; active evangelism.

Main Holidays

Easter, Christmas, celebrations of events in Mormon history.


Christian Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price


No official symbol; cross is not used; the angel Moroni raising a trumpet is seen atop Mormon temples.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christian but is neither Catholic nor Protestant. Rather, it is a restoration of the original church established by Jesus Christ." -

Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith in the mid-19th century Northeast United States.{ref:1234} The largest Mormon religious body is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS for short). The LDS church has distinct beliefs, an interesting history, and its influence is increasing in America and elsewhere in the world. Modern-day Mormonism is known for its family-centered churches, excellent geneaological records, worldwide missionary efforts, elaborate temples, and famous members such as Mitt Romney.

Mormonism and mainstream Christianity share a number of common characteristics, including belief in Jesus Christ as a divine figure, belief in the Bible as divine authority, some similar worship practices, and a similar moral code. On the other hand, Mormons depart from Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestant Christianity in some beliefs, such as those relating to Jesus, the Trinity, salvation, and the revelations to Joseph Smith recorded in Mormon scriptures.

Mormon history is closely tied to that of the American West. Early Mormons, pioneers fleeing persecution, journeyed west and eventually settled in Utah. It also has its share of controversies, particularly issues related to racial equality and polygamy. The LDS church has changed its position on these issues, which sometimes leads to misunderstandings about what Mormons believe and practice today.

Latter-day Saints are distinguished especially by active proselytizing by full-time volunteer missionaries, belief in modern prophets, acceptance of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price as works of scripture, currently requiring abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs, belief in God the Father, the Son (Christ), and the Holy Ghost existing as three separate individual beings or personages, formerly practicing polygamy (plural marriage), wearing ceremonial temple garments under their daily clothes, performing baptisms for the dead, and other ordinances by proxy, in temples and doing attendant genealogical research.


Books on Mormonism

Hand-selected books on Mormonism available for purchase at online bookstores.

Branches of Mormonism

Although the official LDS church doesn't recognize other sects of the religion, there are other groups that claim to be the true Mormon church...

Glossary of Mormonism

Definitions of terms related to Mormonism.

Mormon Beliefs

Mormon beliefs are based on the divine revelations recorded by Joseph Smith in the 1800s, which confirmed many traditional Christian teachings but also corrected many doctrines that had been corrupted or forgotten since the time of Jesus...

13 Articles of Faith



Human Nature


Mormon Ethics

Living a clean and pure life is centrally important to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Official Mormon teachings take positions on a variety of ethical and lifestyle issues, from abortion to tea.


Word of Wisdom

Mormon History

Mormonism (officially The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS Church) began within the context of Christian Restorationism in the early 19th century under the leadership of Joseph Smith...

Smith, Joseph

Mormon Succession Crisis

Mormon War in Illinois

Mormon Holidays and Festivals

Like many other faiths, Mormons revere certain days of the calendar and set them apart due for religious reasons and purposes. LDS is unlike Jehovah's Witnesses, for example, who don't celebrate holidays...

Mormon Organization

## What is the structure of the Mormon Church? Structure and organization are very important to the Mormon church; this is easily observable at even local levels...

Mormon Practices

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perform several ordinances as part of their faith, some of which take place only within temples...

Baptism for the Dead



Mormon Worship

Temple Garment

Mormon Texts

The LDS church recognizes four main texts as divinely inspired and authoritative scripture. These are called the "Standard Works." Mormons read the Christian Bible (King James translation or KJV) and The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which is an English translation from the golden plates that was first published in 1830...

Timeline of Mormonism

Mormon history at a glance.

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