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(also called the Latter Day Saint movement LDS movement, LDS restorationist movement, or Smith–Rigdon movement) is the collection of independent church groups that trace their origins to a Christian Restorationist movement founded by Joseph Smith in the late 1820s.
Collectively, these churches have over 16 million members, although about 98% belong to
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The predominant theology of the churches in the movement is Mormonism, which sees itself as restoring the early Christian church with additional revelations.
A minority of Latter Day Saint adherents, such as members of
Community of Christ, have been influenced by Protestant theology while maintaining certain distinctive beliefs and practices including continuing revelation, an open canon of scripture and building temples. Other groups include the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which supports lineal succession of leadership from Smith's descendants, and the more controversial Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which defends the practice of polygamy. ( )
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(September 15, 1915 – January 10, 1981) was an American biographer and one of the first female professors of history at Fawn McKay Brodie UCLA, who is best known for Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History (1974), a work of psychobiography, and (1945), an early biography of No Man Knows My History Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.
in a respected, if impoverished, family who were members of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS Church), Fawn McKay drifted away from
during her years of graduate work at the
University of Chicago
, an academic who became a national defense expert; they had three children. Although Fawn Brodie eventually became one of the first
female professors of history at UCLA, she is best known for her five biographies, four of which incorporate insights from
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Church of Christ
, informally called
Church of Christ (Temple Lot)
, is a denomination of the
Latter Day Saint movement
, on what is known as the
. The nickname for members of the church comes from the surname of
, who was ordained as the church's leader in July 1863. Unlike
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS Church) and
Community of Christ
, the Temple Lot church rejects the office of
prophet or president
, being instead led by its
Quorum of Twelve Apostles
. The church also rejects the doctrines of
baptism for the dead
promulgated by the Utah-based LDS Church, as well as the
Doctrine and Covenants
Pearl of Great Price
. While once avidly engaged in dialogue with other Latter Day Saint factions, the church no longer has any official contact with any other organization. It is notable for its sole ownership of the Temple Lot, which it has held for nearly 150 years. As of 2013, membership is 7,310 members in 11 countries. Most of the members live in the United States, but there are
Democratic Republic of the Congo
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(March 21, 1813 – July 9, 1856) was an American religious leader, politician and self-proclaimed James Jesse Strang monarch. In 1844 he claimed to have been appointed to be the successor of Joseph Smith as leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite), a faction of the Latter Day Saint movement. Strang testified that he had possession of a letter from Smith naming him as his successor, and furthermore reported that he had been ordained to the prophetic office by an angel. His organization is claimed by his followers to be the sole legitimate continuation of the Church of Christ founded by Joseph Smith fourteen years before.
A major contender for leadership of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
during the 1844
after Smith's murder, Strang urged other prominent LDS leaders like
to remain in their previous offices and to support his appointment by Joseph Smith. Brigham and the members of the Twelve Apostles loyal to him rejected Strang's claims, as did Rigdon, the highest ranking officer of the church. This divided the Latter Day Saint movement. During his 12 years tenure as
Prophet, Seer and Revelator
, Strang reigned for six years as the crowned "
" of an ecclesiastical monarchy that he established on
in the US state of
. Building an organization that eventually rivaled Young's in
, Strang gained nearly 12,000 adherents at a time when Young claimed 50,000. After Strang was killed in 1856 most of his followers rallied under
Joseph Smith III
and joined the
Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
. The Strangite church has remained small in comparison to other branches. (
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He saw the light gradually approaching him until it rested upon the tops of the trees. He beheld that the leaves of the trees were not consumed by it, although its brightness, apparently, was sufficient, as he at first thought, to consume everything before it. But the trees were not consumed by it, and it continued to descend until it rested upon him and enveloped him in its glorious rays. When he was thus encircled about with this pillar of fire his mind was caught away from every object that surrounded him, and he was filled with the visions of the Almighty, and he saw, in the midst of this glorious pillar of fire, two glorious personages, whose countenances shone with an exceeding great lustre. One of them spoke to him, saying, while pointing in the other, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him."
Orson Pratt was a leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and spoke about the First Vision.