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Mormons are people who, through membership or ethnicity, are connected to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), a religious tradition that came into existence in the United States in the 19th century. Its founder, Joseph Smith Jr., published a book in 1830 that, according to its title page, was a history of tribes from the house of Israel who settled in the Western Hemisphere centuries before the birth of Christ. Said to have been written by an ancient warrior named Mormon, who inscribed the text on golden plates, the work, according to Smith, had been buried in western New York. An angel called Moroni directed Smith, a young farmer who lived near their burial place, to take possession of the plates in ...

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