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Mormonism By Roger Williams Axia College Student University of Phoenix HUM/130 Sonja T. Sheffield 11/19/09 1
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My report is on Mormonism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and my interview was with Rita Moon my mother in-law, and was conducted in my home. The religions founder is Joseph Smith who in his teenage years had started to question religion. Born in Vermont in 1805 the child of “ Seekers” grew up in Palmyra, New York. In his quest to find which form of Christianity to choose to follow, he is said to have been visited by God and Jesus when he was 14 in what is known as the “First Vision”, they told him not to follow any of them for they were wrong and did not follow the true spirit of Christianity. When Joseph had turned 17, angel Moroni around the Autumn Equinox had visited him. The angel led him to the location of the “Golden Tablets”; on these golden tablets were the history of two early American tribes. Included in his findings were, an ancient Israeli breastplate, golden plates which had additions to Biblical history written on them by ancient Americans Ether, Mormon, Lehi, and Nephi, stones in silver bows” known as Urim and Thummim and brass plates on which were Hebrew scriptures written by Laban. Only after visiting this site on the Autumn Equinox, every year for four years was he able to possess these objects. It was with the help of the stones in silver bows” in which he was able to translate what was written on the golden plates into English. It was on April 6 th of 1830 when Joseph Smith and five others started the Church of Christ, and within the first year had roughly 1,000 members. From there they moved west to Kirtland, Ohio and in 1834 renamed themselves Church of Latter Day Saints, facing opposition and financial troubles they fled to Jackson County, Missouri a place Joseph Smith called Zion. Here too they were heavily persecuted for their belief that the Book of Mormon was a revelation from god just like the new and old testaments, having had their homes destroyed and losing several members due to not 2
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having shelter from the harsh winter, they headed to Far West, Missouri in an area that had been reserved for them. They once again renamed themselves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and in that same year, they lost 17 members in the Massacre at Haun’s mill in 1838. In 1839, Smith and 15,000 followers fled to Illinois, and there built a new city they called Nauvoo where they saw commercial and political success. This success though turned sour as it led to more hostility with non-Mormons, and Joseph Smith was arrested in 1844 for his suppression of a reform newspaper run by Nauvoo Mormon dissenters. While Smith was held in a jail in Carthage, where both he and his brother were murdered by a mob on June 27, 1844. The members of LDS or Mormon are assigned to wards, which is the church they
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2010 for the course HUM HUM/130 taught by Professor Sonjasheffield during the Winter '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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