Mormonism is a way of life that is practiced by members of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over two-thirds of the church's membership is in
the United States. However, members are also located in many other countries
around the world. Mormons use the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and two other
books or revelations to Joseph Smith, founder of the church. These other two
revelations are the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. The
Mormon organization consists of a three member First Presidency and a twelve man
Council of Apostles who make up the major policy-making body of the church.
Mormonism's founding doctrine was based on the assumption that Christianity was
corrupt and that it was necessary to restore the "true" Christian gospel. The
Mormon church sees only itself as recognized by God. Joseph Smith founded the
church in New York in 1830. He said that he had visions of God and other
heavenly beings that told him to establish the restored Christian Church. He
was "directed" to some thin metal plates that he translated into what is now
called the book of Mormons. This book describes the history, wars, and
religious beliefs of a group of people who migrated from Jerusalem to America.
Smith attracted a small group of followers who settled in Kirtland, Ohio, and
Jackson County, Missouri. Because of persecution, the church moved to northern
Missouri, then to Nauvoo, Illinois. The people of Illinois welcomed the
persecuted Mormons, and Smith began to construct a temple and a hotel there. In
1843, Smith secretly instituted the practice of plural marriage among a group of
his followers. This could be because he himself had 50 wives. The Mormons
lived in relative peace until 1844 when a group became mad about Smith's
practices. They started a newspaper called the "Nauvoo Expositor" and attacked
him, accusing him of practicing polygamy. Smith denied this charge but was
killed anyway. Brigham Young took over as their ...
The literal meaning of the word Islam in Arabic is 'submission.' Mecca was the home of the most famous of these sanctuaries known as Ka'ba which housed a sacred black stone. Originally built by Abraham and Ishmael, who were commanded to erect the shrine so people could come to this place and worship the one true God, Allah(212). Hijra was importan...
We are not able to physically see Him or touch Him, but He exists all around us. Webster Dictionary defines the word believe as to have confidence in the truth. I have confidence in G-d's existence. They hold this belief because everyone needs hope. The purpose of religion is to give someone hope, a purpose in life. Life would be extremely bleak if...
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Name Teacher Class Date Prospectus The main topic of my essays will be Wiccans. I think this will make an interesting topic because Wiccans are viewed as evil when really they are a really misunderstood group of people. The Wiccans are viewed as devil worshipers when this is really not the case. The Wicca religion also has a very long and int...