How to be Mormon

Presented by: Kathryn Mayes and Matti Nation

Brief Over-view of the Mormon Religion

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), more commonly known as the "Mormon" church, is a religion derived from Christianity that traces its origins to Joseph Smith.

History of Mormons

Mormons are a religious and cultural group related to Mormonism, the principal branch of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity, which began with the visions of Joseph Smith in upstate New York during the 1820s. After Smith's death in 1844, the Mormons followedBrigham Young to what would become the Utah Territory. Today, most Mormons are understood to be members ofThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church.

Mormons have developed a strong sense of communality that stems from their doctrine and history. During the 19th century, Mormon converts tended to gather to a central geographic location, and between 1852 and 1890 a minority of Mormons openly practiced plural marriage, a form of religious polygamy. Mormons dedicate large amounts of time and resources to serving in their church, and many young Mormons choose to serve a full-time proselytizing mission.

Frequently Asked Questions about Being a Mormon

What do you believe in?

These key elements of the faith include belief in God the Father, his Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit; belief in modern prophets and continuing revelation; belief that through Christ's atonement all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of Christ's Gospel

Do you believe in Jesus?

Mormons believe specifically that Jesus will establish his new kingdom on the American continent.

Is it secretive?

The most common and visible target for charges of suspicious secrecy in the Mormon religion are the temples. After dedication, these buildings are closed to the public and church members do not talk openly about the rituals that take place within. The church holds that the temple and its rituals are sacred and therefore private, not secret

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Information On A Mormon

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Church Membership

This is a graph of how church memberships for being a Mormon have grown over the past years.
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Percentage of Mormons

Map of where the percentages of Mormons are the highest and lowest.