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The latter-day saints' millennial star, vol. 75: may 1, 1913 (classic reprint) - Free Family History and Genealogy Records - FamilySearch.org



Both men and women may serve as missionaries, and the church maintains a large missionary program that proselytizes and conducts humanitarian services worldwide. Faithful members adhere to church laws of sexual purity , health , fasting , and Sabbath observance , and contribute ten percent of their income to the church in tithing . The church also teaches about sacred ordinances through which adherents make covenants with God, including baptism , confirmation , the sacrament ( holy communion ), priesthood ordination , endowment , and celestial marriage (marriage blessings which extend beyond mortality)—all of which are of great significance to church members. [18]

The history of the LDS Church is typically divided into three broad time periods: (1) the early history during the lifetime of Joseph Smith , which is in common with all Latter Day Saint movement churches; (2) a pioneer era under the leadership of Brigham Young and his 19th-century successors; and (3) a modern era beginning around the turn of the 20th century as Utah achieved statehood.

The LDS Church was formally organized by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, in western New York . [19] Initial converts were drawn to the church in part because of the newly published Book of Mormon , a self-described chronicle of indigenous American prophets that Smith said he had translated from golden plates . [20]

The movement began in western New York during the Second Great Awakening when Smith said that he received visions revealing a new sacred text, the Book of Mormon , which he published in 1830 as a complement to the Bible . Based on the teachings of this book and other revelations, Smith founded a Christian primitivist church, called the "Church of Christ ". The Book of Mormon attracted hundreds of early followers, who later became known as "Mormons", "Latter Day Saints", or just "Saints." In 1831, Smith moved the church headquarters to Kirtland, Ohio , and in 1838 changed its name to the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints."

Other groups originating within the Latter Day Saint movement followed different paths in Missouri , Illinois , Michigan , and Pennsylvania . For the most part these groups rejected plural marriage and some of Smith's later teachings. The largest of these, the Community of Christ (originally known as the "Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints"), was formed in Illinois in 1860 by several groups uniting around Smith's son, Joseph Smith III . Most existing denominations that adhere to the teachings of Smith have some historical relationship with the movement.

The driving force behind and founder of the Latter Day Saint movement was Joseph Smith , and to a lesser extent, during the movement's first two years, Oliver Cowdery . Throughout his life, Smith told of an experience he had as a boy having seen God the Father and Jesus Christ as two separate beings, who told him that the true church had been lost and would be restored through him, and that he would be given the authority to organize and lead the true Church of Christ. Smith and Cowdery also explained that the angels John the Baptist , Peter , James , and John visited them in 1829 and gave them priesthood authority to reestablish the Church of Christ.

Both men and women may serve as missionaries, and the church maintains a large missionary program that proselytizes and conducts humanitarian services worldwide. Faithful members adhere to church laws of sexual purity , health , fasting , and Sabbath observance , and contribute ten percent of their income to the church in tithing . The church also teaches about sacred ordinances through which adherents make covenants with God, including baptism , confirmation , the sacrament ( holy communion ), priesthood ordination , endowment , and celestial marriage (marriage blessings which extend beyond mortality)—all of which are of great significance to church members. [18]

The history of the LDS Church is typically divided into three broad time periods: (1) the early history during the lifetime of Joseph Smith , which is in common with all Latter Day Saint movement churches; (2) a pioneer era under the leadership of Brigham Young and his 19th-century successors; and (3) a modern era beginning around the turn of the 20th century as Utah achieved statehood.

The LDS Church was formally organized by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, in western New York . [19] Initial converts were drawn to the church in part because of the newly published Book of Mormon , a self-described chronicle of indigenous American prophets that Smith said he had translated from golden plates . [20]

The movement began in western New York during the Second Great Awakening when Smith said that he received visions revealing a new sacred text, the Book of Mormon , which he published in 1830 as a complement to the Bible . Based on the teachings of this book and other revelations, Smith founded a Christian primitivist church, called the "Church of Christ ". The Book of Mormon attracted hundreds of early followers, who later became known as "Mormons", "Latter Day Saints", or just "Saints." In 1831, Smith moved the church headquarters to Kirtland, Ohio , and in 1838 changed its name to the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints."

Other groups originating within the Latter Day Saint movement followed different paths in Missouri , Illinois , Michigan , and Pennsylvania . For the most part these groups rejected plural marriage and some of Smith's later teachings. The largest of these, the Community of Christ (originally known as the "Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints"), was formed in Illinois in 1860 by several groups uniting around Smith's son, Joseph Smith III . Most existing denominations that adhere to the teachings of Smith have some historical relationship with the movement.

The driving force behind and founder of the Latter Day Saint movement was Joseph Smith , and to a lesser extent, during the movement's first two years, Oliver Cowdery . Throughout his life, Smith told of an experience he had as a boy having seen God the Father and Jesus Christ as two separate beings, who told him that the true church had been lost and would be restored through him, and that he would be given the authority to organize and lead the true Church of Christ. Smith and Cowdery also explained that the angels John the Baptist , Peter , James , and John visited them in 1829 and gave them priesthood authority to reestablish the Church of Christ.

As Latter-day Saints, we are grateful for our faith, for our membership in the LDS Church, and for the opportunity to have experiences that will help us grow. The Savior taught that each of us is worthy of love and understanding and that as we learn from one another we become a Zion people.

June 8, 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Church’s ban on priesthood ordination and temple participation by Black people.  Although the ban has ended, its impacts remain with us still, as Black LDS people have testified. This anniversary is an opportunity to show each other an “increase of love” (Doctrine and Covenants 121: 43) as we reflect on and act to repair the impacts of racism in our Church and in the world.

Reflecting on racial segregation, discrimination, and privilege can bring up difficult feelings, including guilt, sorrow, and defensiveness.  But the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that as these feelings lead us to look inward with humility, we will be uplifted and blessed.

Both men and women may serve as missionaries, and the church maintains a large missionary program that proselytizes and conducts humanitarian services worldwide. Faithful members adhere to church laws of sexual purity , health , fasting , and Sabbath observance , and contribute ten percent of their income to the church in tithing . The church also teaches about sacred ordinances through which adherents make covenants with God, including baptism , confirmation , the sacrament ( holy communion ), priesthood ordination , endowment , and celestial marriage (marriage blessings which extend beyond mortality)—all of which are of great significance to church members. [18]

The history of the LDS Church is typically divided into three broad time periods: (1) the early history during the lifetime of Joseph Smith , which is in common with all Latter Day Saint movement churches; (2) a pioneer era under the leadership of Brigham Young and his 19th-century successors; and (3) a modern era beginning around the turn of the 20th century as Utah achieved statehood.

The LDS Church was formally organized by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, in western New York . [19] Initial converts were drawn to the church in part because of the newly published Book of Mormon , a self-described chronicle of indigenous American prophets that Smith said he had translated from golden plates . [20]


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