Mormonism Facts - LDS Church

An Overview of the Mormon Religion

Mormonism is an American-born religion, established in the middle of the 19th century. While it is a relatively new faith, it is growing in many places in the world. Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith.

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.

Facts and Stats on Mormonism

Joseph Smith
Date founded
April 6, 1830 (see Mormon history)
Place founded
Fayette, New York, USA
Modern headquarters
Salt Lake Ciy, Utah, USA
12.2 million worldwide, more than half outside the USA
Sacred texts
Christian Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrines & Covenants
Bishops, First President, Quorom of the Twelve Apostles
Places of worship
Temple, church
Mormon symbols
See images of Mormonism
  1. "Facts and Figures," LDS Newsroom. Data as December 31, 2004.
afterlife All return to spirit world for period of instruction before resurrection. Mormons to heaven with God and families; others rewarded but not with God; hell for those who reject God after death.
date founded 1830
founder(s) Joseph Smith
human life Humans existed as spirits before this life, salvation is returning to God. Salvation by faith in Christ, good works, ordinances, and evangelism.
origins Founded by Joseph Smith, 1830, New York.
practices Abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea; baptism for the dead; eternal marriage; temple garments under daily clothes; active evangelism.
texts Christian Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price
adherents 12.2 million
god(s) God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate individual beings
Jesus was Son of God. Savior. Originally one of the spirit beings that all humans used to be. Has a physical body.
divinity of Jesus no more than other humans
Jesus' purpose To teach about God, provide a model for living, die sacrificially for sin.
resurrection of Jesus yes
homosexual orientation Called "same-gender attraction." Less serious than homosexual acts, but should be resisted.
homosexual activity Considered a serious sin. Heterosexual marriage is required for entry into the most desirable forms of afterlife.