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Mormonism Fast Facts


12.2 million


God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate individual beings


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


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

Mormonism Overview

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.

  • Mormon Beliefs

    The Mormon religion is approximately 150 years old, having been found in the middle 1800's in the United States. Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith, an American who was born and raised in the Northeast United States... full article →
  • Mormon Branches

    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... full article →
  • Mormon Ethics

    ## Drinking and Smoking in Mormonism The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a reputation for a strict - some would say "legalistic" - approach to food and drink... full article →
  • Mormon Glossary

    Definitions of terms related to Mormonism. full article →
  • Mormon History

    Mormonism (also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) began within the context of Christian Restorationism in the early 19th century under the leadership of Joseph Smith... full article →
  • Mormon Holidays

    ## What are the holidays in Mormonism? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a growing religion in the modern world, as it nears the end of its second century of existence... full article →
  • 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... full article →
  • 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... full article →
  • 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... full article →
  • Mormon Timeline

    Mormon history at a glance. full article →

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Last UpdatedOctober 29, 2016
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MLA Citation “Mormonism.” ReligionFacts.com. 29 Oct. 2016. Web. Accessed 24 Feb. 2017. <www.religionfacts.com/mormonism>

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