Mormon president gives Obama a family tree

Mormon president gives Obama a family tree

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Mormon church leaders presented U.S. President Barack Obama a detailed family tree Monday during a private meeting in Washington.

Calendars feature Mormon men, moms

LAS VEGAS, April 28 (UPI) -- A Nevada man who was kicked out of the Mormon Church for his calendar series featuring shirtless missionaries said his next calendar project stars Mormon moms.

Colleges offering classes on Mormonism

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. colleges and universities have been slow to add courses on Mormonism, one of the fastest growing religions in the world, it was reported.

Leader of Mormon Church dies

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Gordon Hinckley, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has died at age 97.

Abuse suit names Boy Scouts, Mormon church

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Six former Boy Scouts have sued the Mormon church, seeking damages for molestation by an Oregon troop leader more than 20 years ago.

Head of Mormon church sums up his life

SALT LAKE CITY, April 3 (UPI) -- Gordon Hinckley, the 95-year-old president of the Mormon Church, gave what could be heard as a valedictory message at a general conference in Salt Lake City.

DNA contradicts Mormon scripture

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The Mormon Church teaches American Indians are descended from a lost tribe of Israel, but modern DNA test results contradict that tenet.

Mormonism spreads in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, July 13 (UPI) -- Guatemala remains primarily a Catholic country, but Mormon and Protestant denominations are growing, MSNBC reported Tuesday. "In Latin America these are all churches who have given Catholicism a run for their money," said Manuel A. Vasquez, assistant prof

ACLU fights Mormon Church over free speech

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday over the Mormon Church's right to restrict free speech on a downtown Salt Lake City plaza.

Mormon Church to appeal speech ruling

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 11 (UPI) --
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Mormon church
U.S. President George W. Bush (L) greets Thomas Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the church's headquarters in Salt Lake City on May 29, 2008. At right is Henry Eyring, First Counsel in the Counsel of Twelve. (UPI Photo/Eric Draper/White House)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (abbreviated as the LDS Church, often colloquially referred to as the Mormon Church) is the largest denomination originating from the Latter Day Saint movement founded by Joseph Smith, Jr. circa 1830. The church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has established congregations (called wards or branches) worldwide. Estimates of the church's membership range from about 13.5 million (6 million in the United States) to about half of those numbers, depending on how membership is counted.

Adherents are usually referred to as Latter-day Saints, LDS, or Mormons. They consider themselves part of Christianity. LDS Church theology includes Christian doctrines of restorationism (via Joseph Smith, Jr.), millennialism, continuationism, penal substitution, a form of Apostolic succession, rejection of original sin, practice of baptism by immersion, and practice of the Eucharist (called by them the Sacrament). LDS theology rejects of the post aspostlic creeds. They believe in a plan of salvation that includes degrees of glory, a variant of theosis called exaltation which includes the possibility of humans to inherit the attributes of God in the afterlife, and ordinances, some of which are only conducted in LDS temples. The Church has an open canon which includes four scriptural texts: the Bible (both Old and New Testament), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Other than the Bible, the majority of the LDS canon constitutes revelation dictated by Joseph Smith, and includes commentary and exegesis about the Bible, texts described as lost parts of the Bible, and books said to be written by prophets past down generation to generation.

The LDS Church is organized in a hierarchical structure primarily administered by men, with women in roles leading other women and children. Mormons believe that Jesus leads the church through revelation, and has chosen a single man, called "the Prophet" or President of the Church, as Jesus' spokesman on the earth. The President is part of a First Presidency of three men, which leads a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other larger bodies (called quorums) of general authorities, who themselves lead down the chain of command to local congregational leaders. At the local level, these members of the priesthood are drawn from the laity and work on a purely volunteer basis without stipend. Members, including clergy, are asked to donate a full tithe of their income to the Church. The church has a strong cultural influence on its members, and has taken stands on a number of public, governmental issues. It is an active proselytizing church, and sends full-time missionaries nearly worldwide, which is mainly responsible for its rapid growth.

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