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1 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints By: Nick Rapier, Grayson Hineline, and Parth Parab

2 Beliefs ●In Mormonism, continuous revelation is the principle that God or his divine agents still continue to communicate to mankind. This communication can be manifest in many ways: influences of the Holy Ghost (the principal form in which this principle is manifest), visions, visitations of divine beings, and others ● God re-established the early Christian Church as found in the New Testament through Joseph Smith. In particular, Mormons believe that angels such as Peter, James, John, and John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and others and bestowed various Priesthood authorities on them. ● Mormons thus believe that their Church is the "only true and living church" because divine authority was restored to it through Smith. ● In addition, they believe that Smith and his legitimate successors are modern prophets who receive revelation from God to guide the church. They maintain that other religions have a portion of the truth and are guided by the light of Christ. ● The LDS Church teaches that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are three separate and distinct beings, the Father and Son having perfected physical bodies and the Holy Ghost having only a body of spirit.

3 Origin ● This movement was founded by Joseph Smith in the 1820s in western New York. During the 1830s and 1840s, Mormonism gradually distinguished itself from traditional Protestantism. Mormonism today represents the new, non-Protestant faith taught by Smith in the 1840s. After Smith's death, most Mormons followed Brigham Young on his westward journey, calling themselves The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church). Variations not a part of the LDS Church include mormon fundamentalism, which seeks to maintain practices and doctrines such as polygamy that were abandoned by the LDS Church, and various other small independent denominations.

4 Universal Religion Mormonism is a universal religion because it attempts to be global and to appeal to all people. Examples of this is Mormon missionaries going to Africa to try and convert anyone who is willing to join the religion. The religion is always trying to expand and spread their message to people.

5 Hierarchical Structure -First presidency: Includes the President of Church, the First Counselor and the Second Counselor. The president is the main leader of the Church and is also considered a living prophet. -Quorum of the Twelve: Help with the main administrative purposes of the Church along with the First Presidency. -Area Presidencies: The 70 people in this serve as Area Presidents distributed around the world in different locations. -Stakes: A few of these people serve under the Area presidents in smaller areas. -Wards: Wards serve under stakes to manage smaller areas. -Family: These are the average joe members of the church.

6 Diffusion ●To avoid confrontation with New York residents, the members moved to Kirtland, Ohio, and hoped to establish a permanent New Jerusalem or City of Zion in Jackson County, Missouri. However, they were expelled from Jackson County in 1833 and forced to flee Kirtland in early 1838. In Missouri, violent conflicts with other Missourians resulted in the governor of Missouri issuing an "extermination order," expelling Latter Day Saints from Missouri.The displaced Mormons fled to Illinois and settled the city of Nauvoo, where they were able to live with a degree of peace and prosperity for a few years. However, tensions between Mormons and non-Mormons again escalated to the point that in 1844, Smith was killed by a mob, precipitating a succession crisis.The largest group of Mormons, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, accepted Brigham Young as the new prophet/leader and emigrated to what became the Utah Territory.

7 Distribution Mormons are the most concentrated in Utah because that was where the mormons found the most religious freedom during its earlier days. Since then it has slowly spread to the western United States and also spread a little bit to places around the world like Africa and Western Europe.

8 ●Mormon temples are dedicated as places set apart from the world, thereby creating an atmosphere wherein the Holy Ghost can have a stronger effect on the human mind and heart. Members of the Mormon Church who maintain certain standards of conduct and have strong faith in Jesus Christ are permitted to enter temples. These modern temples are similar to ancient temples, where only those who went through a process of purification gained access to the temple's inner courts. As in days gone by, modern saints who have demonstrated true cleanliness, by obedience to divine standards and commandments, are able to enter a temple and receive the blessings available there. ●Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah was founded by Brigham Young University in 1875. About 98% of students are LDS, with an average GPA of about 3.76 Sacred Places

9 Citations ●Elders Brown and Kellogg ●

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