See for example, "It is sometimes said that Mormonism is to Christianity as Christianity is to Judaism. The book described itself as a chronicle of an early Israelite diaspora, integrating with the pre-existing indigenous peoples of the Americas, written by a people called the Nephites. , To avoid confrontation with New York residents, the members moved to Kirtland, Ohio, and hoped to establish a permanent New Jerusalem or City of Zion in Jackson County, Missouri. In addition, these "conditional" ordinances on behalf of the dead are performed only when a deceased person's genealogical information has been submitted to a temple and correctly processed there before the ordinance ritual is performed.  However, it consciously and intentionally retains its identity as a "peculiar people," believing their unique relationship with God helps save them from "worldliness" (non-spiritual influences). Comparison of the Mormon and Muslim prophets still occurs today, sometimes for derogatory or polemical reasons but also for more scholarly (and neutral) purposes. Further, polygamy was also a major cause for the opposition to Mormonism in the states of Idaho and Arizona. These include: Mormon fundamentalists believe that these principles were wrongly abandoned or changed by the LDS Church, in large part due to the desire of its leadership and members to assimilate into mainstream American society and avoid the persecutions and conflict that had characterized the church throughout its early years. Aside from all the commandments and programs in the Mormon Church, one belief is central to it all: a belief in Jesus Christ. For example, Smith named the largest Mormon settlement he founded Nauvoo, which means "to be beautiful" in Hebrew. Since its beginnings, the faith has proclaimed itself to be Christ's Church restored with its original authority, structure and power; maintaining that existing denominations believed in incorrect doctrines and were not acknowledged by God as his church and kingdom. Personal prayer is encouraged as well. Mormon beliefs are many, but you may surprised to find that a lot of them are inline with what you and other Christians believe. Islam insists upon the complete oneness and uniqueness of God (Allah), while Mormonism asserts that the Godhead is made up of three distinct "personages. Mormons believe in Jesus Christ as the literal Son of God and Messiah, his crucifixion as a conclusion of a sin offering, and subsequent resurrection. Because of the formal abolition of plural marriage in 1890, several smaller groups of Mormons broke with the LDS Church forming several denominations of Mormon fundamentalism.  However, tensions between Mormons and non-Mormons again escalated, and in 1844 Smith was killed by a mob, precipitating a succession crisis. Mormonism originated in the 1820s in western New York during a period of religious excitement known as the Second Great Awakening. Although Mormons do not claim to be part of Judaism, Mormon theology claims to situate Mormonism within the context of Judaism to an extent that goes beyond what most other Christian denominations claim. After the translation was completed, Smith said the plates were returned to the angel. Christianity built on Judaism but emphasized the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; Mormonism began with Christianity but accepted new revelation through a modern prophet.". For example, the LDS Church excommunicates members who practice polygamy or who adopt the beliefs and practices of Mormon fundamentalism. An ordinance is generally a physical act signifying a spiritual commitment or a covenant. eds. Based on the book's name, Smith's early followers were more widely known as Mormons, and their faith Mormonism.  In Mormon theology, many lost truths are restored in the Book of Mormon, which Mormons hold to be divine scripture and equal in authority to the Bible.. Mormons believe that Smith and subsequent church leaders could speak scripture "when moved upon by the Holy Ghost. Basic Mormon Beliefs is a website dedicated to answering these questions. In Mormonism, continuous revelation is the principle that God or his divine agents still continue to communicate to mankind.  While the three beings are physically distinct, in Mormon theology they are one in thoughts, actions, and purpose and commonly referred to collectively as the "Godhead". Smith began dictating the text of The Book of Mormon around the fall of 1827 until the summer of 1828 when 116 pages were lost. Islam does not refer to itself as "Christian", asserting that Jesus and all true followers of Christ's teachings were (and are) Muslims—a term that means submitters to God. The Mormon affinity for Judaism is expressed by the many references to Judaism in the Mormon liturgy. This is often referred to as universal or general salvation in Mormon literature. The church bought the town, renamed it Nauvoo, and lived with a degree of peace and prosperity for a few years. Members of the LDS Church receive Patriarchal blessings which declare the recipient's lineage within one of the tribes of Israel. The LDS Church seeks to distance itself from other branches of Mormonism, particularly those that practice polygamy. For this and other reasons, including a belief by many Mormons in American exceptionalism, Molly Worthen speculates that this may be why Leo Tolstoy described Mormonism as the "quintessential 'American religion'".. The second-largest Latter Day Saint denomination, the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), does not describe itself as "Mormon", but follows a Trinitarian Christian restorationist theology, and considers itself Restorationist in terms of Latter Day Saint doctrine. He was later physically conceived in Mary’s womb, as the literal “only begotten” Son of God the Father in the flesh (though many present-day Mormons remain somewhat vague as to how this occurred). If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. The two broad movements outside mainstream Mormonism are Mormon fundamentalism, and liberal reformist Mormonism.  He said an angel first showed him the location of the plates in 1823, buried in a nearby hill, but he was not allowed to take the plates until 1827. 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