Mormons at a glance
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded in 19th century America and has 13.5 million members world-wide (LDS 2008 Statistical Report).
Mormonism has been present in the UK since 1837 and has 190,000 members (LDS 2008 figures).
- The church is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or The Church of Jesus Christ.
- Mormons believe their church is a restoration of the Church as conceived by Jesus and that the other Christian churches have gone astray.
- The church was founded by Joseph Smith (1805 - 1844).
- It was then developed by Brigham Young who migrated with the new Mormons to Salt Lake City in 1847.
- Mormons believe that God has a physical body, is married, and can have children.
- They also believe that humans can become gods in the afterlife.
- Mormons are strongly focused on traditional family life and values.
- They oppose abortion, homosesxuality, unmarried sexual acts, pornography, gambling, tobacco, consuming alcohol, tea, coffee, and the use of drugs.
- One of the more common misconceptions is that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints advocates polygamy. However, this was discontinued over a century ago and the Church excommunicates anyone who practices it.