Latter-day Saints

The early-19th-century American Adventist-millenarian movement, founded in 1830 by the prophet Joseph Smith Jr. (1805–1844), attracted thousands of European converts. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) grew to a 16,000,000 membership with some 67,000 missionaries by 2017. This missionary-driven organization is rooted in this-worldly church and family activities motivated by belief in achieving afterlife kingdoms of deified kin.

Emergence and Organization

Teenage Joseph, confused by competitive religious revivalism in New York State, asked God which church was true. The developing narrative, The First Vision, then described the divine Father and Son appearing in a pillar of light and delivering him from an enveloping sense of destructive evil. Learning that existing churches were misguided, he was to await further directions. Subsequent angelic visions led him ...

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