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Mormons In The 1830's And 40's

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Justin Dosey
Mormons in the 1830’s and 40’s
The United States of America is said to be an “International melting pot,” inhabited by a number of culturally diverse people. Each and every distinct group has played their part in the development of nation whether ‘twas good or bad. I believe that the members of “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” (otherwise known as Mormons) have proved to be crucial to the growth of the U.S.A. in every aspect. After the establishment of religion in 1827, Mormons have been the target of persecution and discrimination by many. The bulk of this persecution occurred in 1836 when a group of rebel militia attacked Mormon headquarters located in ...view middle of the document...

During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, and received divine authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world.
"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted Man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens...I say, if you were to see him to-day, you would see him like a man in form -- like yourselves, in all the person, image, and very form as a man....it is necessary that we should understand the character and being of God, and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity, I will refute that idea, and will take away and do away the veil, so that you may see. and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth the same as Jesus Christ himself did."
This quote from Joseph Smith is a perfect example of a Mormon belief that many people dispute. People thought that Smith was crazy for prophesying that God and Jesus were human with flesh and bones.
Many people disagree with Mormon beliefs purely because they are misinformed. False rumors surround the religion due to the fact that some people are ignorant. "We are not teaching polygamy or plural marriage, nor permitting any person to enter into its practice..” The Religious beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been the same since the establishment of the church in 1827. At the core of a Mormon’s testimony is faith in God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and Joseph Smith’s restoration of the true church on earth.  A basic belief in these truths is the foundation of a testimony of the Mormon Church. Mormons believe and strive to follow the Ten Commandments and the Articles of Faith, which outline more basic Mormon beliefs.  Because members of the Mormon Church believe in a modern day prophet, they are open to revelation from the Lord to change or expand the Church.  Membership in the Mormon Church influences every aspect of the lives of its members. 
Mormons follow The Word of Wisdom, a commandment that forbids drinking alcohol, coffee, tea, or using tobacco or illegal drugs. The law of tithing was later given to the people.  Mormons believe in dressing modesty.  Mormons refrain from recreating or shopping on Sundays in order to keep the Sabbath Day Holy.  Living the Mormon lifestyle is easy when one has a true and strong testimony of the fundamental beliefs of the true and revealed gospel. Living these commandments brings joy and stability, freedom, and safety to followers of Christ.

The beginning of hate crimes.
The wholesome and righteous lifestyle that Mormon’s display on an everyday bases is the main cause of their churches rapid expansion. The church has grown to over...

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