Source, and History of Doctrine
Scripturally, then, the term "doctrine" means the core
message of Jesus Christthat Jesus is the
Messiah, the Redeemer. All other teachings are subordinate to those by which all people
"know how to come unto Christ and be saved"that is, to the "points of
doctrine," such as faith, repentance, baptism, and
receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost.
History of the Church
From their beginnings Latter-day Saints have regarded economic
welfare as an indispensable part of religion.
The Church encourages its members to be learned in gospel principles
and in every edifying branch of knowledge that supports a life of Christian service.
Latter-day Saints value intellectual activity because it can develop and enrich life and
faith, beautify the earth and ameliorate mankind's temporal suffering, and further the
growth of the kingdom of God on earth.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has usually relied
upon the law for protection and has honored its judgments in principle and practice. The
one significant exception was its resistance to antipolygamy laws before plural marriage
was discontinued in 1890.
A brief overview of LDS political history in the United States.
As a people, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints have over time taken on distinctive qualities as their beliefs and historical
experience have given shape and force to their society.
History of Latter-day Saints
History plays a vital role in LDS thought, where it joins with
theology and practical religion to answer many of life's questions and to make daily life
meaningful, intelligible, and worthwhile.
Overview of black membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, including priesthood authority in 1978.
Latter-day Saints can presently be married to only one woman at a time.
However, during the nineteenth-century, LDS men were allowed to marry more than one wife
under certain conditions.
Throughout its history the Church has faced the challenge of
providing adequate buildings to serve its growing membership for worship and for cultural,
educational, and recreational activities.
Although LDS doctrines, practices, and experiences have in some
circles evoked a measure of scoffing and laughter over the years, only since the 1970s has
a body of published humor dealing with the Mormon experience appeared. Institutionalized
LDS humor divides roughly into an early period when the Church was the object of
outsiders' jokes and a modern period when members have become able to laugh at themselves
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has
congregations spread throughout the world.
in the British Isles
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to the British
Isles when seven LDS missionaries landed at Liverpool, England, on July 19, 1837
A series of articles about the gathering of Israel and past
For Latter-day Saints, community is an essential and eternal part of
life in this world and in the world to come. From the time the Church was established
(1830), its teachings have placed emphasis on principles of unity, cooperation, mutual
assistance, and beautification of one's surroundings. The community of believers
envisioned by the Prophet
Joseph Smith continues today, based essentially on the principles he