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FACTS (fast-growing, internationally respected, worldwide church)
- Mormon is the nickname for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
- Founded in New York in 1830, now headquartered in Salt Lake City.
- 14 million members in 170 countries, approximately 6 million members in the U.S.
- Well represented in government (5 US Senators, 16 Congressmen, 6 Governors), business, education, media, sports, and entertainment.
- Tolerant of all faiths, strong defender of separation of church and state.
- Congregations (“wards”) led by unpaid, lay ministry of local men and women.
FAITH (strong Christians with practical teachings focused on health and family)
- Mormons believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
- Believe in the Holy Bible, both the Old and New Testament, use King James version.
- Also use The Book of Mormon, “another testament of Christ” which supports the Bible.
- Have a very family-centered theology, emphasizing fidelity and committed parenting.
- Focus on service in neighborhood and community and living by traditional values.
- Are involved in over 2,000 community service projects throughout the world. (Many young men and women volunteer as full time, unpaid missionaries (55,000 are currently serving throughout the world)
“FRUITS” (“by their fruits shall ye know them”)
Practicing Mormons (members who attend church and temple):
- Live 7-10 years longer than the national average.
- Have a divorce rate that is about one fourth of the national average.
- Achieve a level of education that is 3 years more than the U.S. average.
- Are highly involved in community, with 80% voting participation.
- Have rates of under-18 crime, addiction, gang affiliation and school drop-out that are less than half of the national averages.
FAMILY (committed to family as the basic unit of the Church and of Society)
- “Family Home Evenings” are observed weekly in homes, (family activities, discussions, etc.).
- Youth programs also occur on Sundays and some week nights and early mornings in our church buildings (scouts, nurseries, sports, drama, music, religious and values instruction)
- Strong commitment to marriage (defined as one man and one woman) is emphasized. (Polygamy, a very limited practice in the early pioneer period, was banned and outlawed by the Church in 1890.)
- Particular focus on extended family, genealogy, and personal family history, partially to give children a stronger sense of roots, identity and belonging.