Latter-Day Saints

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Latter-Day Saints
—  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints  —
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The movement of the Latter Day Saints is a denomination formed by a group of Christian churches split from the so-called Church of Christ, founded by the American Joseph Smith in 1830.

The basis of their doctrine is the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the collection called Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of great price, although this last work is rejected by the Church Remnant of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The movement is informally known as Mormonism, and its members as "Mormons," although they themselves prefer to call themselves "Latter-day Saints."

The main churches of the movement are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Community of Christ, and [ Churches of Christ] from Bickertonite and / Church_of_Christ_ (Terrain_of_Temple) Temple Ground.

These churches are characterized by practicing or having practiced certain particular doctrines foreign to the other Christian denominations, such as polygamy, eternal marriage, the baptism of the dead and the so-called "black doctrine".


Joseph Smith & the Church of Jesus Christ

The origins of Mormonism date back to April 6, 1830 in the western region of New York State, where the American Joseph Smith founded the Church of Christ, with the initial goal of creating a New Jerusalem in New York, which he would call Zion.

According to Smith, in 1820, in the town of Palmyra located about 80 kilometers north of the city of New York, God and Jesus Christ contacted him to tell him to disapprove and consider as false all the creeds of the churches that existed until then. This alleged event is now known as "First Vision" .2 3 Smith also said that on September 21, 18234, he received a second vision, this time from an angel named Moroni, who told him that on a hill Near Palmyra he would find buried manuscripts in gold plates, which would be a compendium of prophets belonging to ancient America. Such writings, written in a foreign language, would supposedly be translated by Smith thanks to seer stones called "Urim and Thummim." This book, called Book of Mormon and according to which Jesus Christ would have visited in person America after his resurrection is one of the canonical texts of the movement.5 Smith, with the help of Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer, published the book for the first time in 1830 in English. The first translation into Spanish and other languages ​​appeared in 1886.6

Between 1832 and 1842, Smith wrote at least four stories about the "First Vision." These stories are similar in many ways, but differ in their emphasis as well as in some details. The story of 1838 was published in the book Pearl of Great Price, another of the reference books of the Church.

Migrations, struggles and division

In 1831, Smith and his first worshipers moved to Kirtland, Ohio, and established a settlement in Jackson County, Missouri, where they planned to set up their headquarters.8 However, in 1833 the settlers in Missouri violently expelled them and the Mormons failed in their subsequent paramilitary operation to recover the land.9 Despite the above, the movement managed to expand for a time in Kirtland, but it had to leave abruptly in 1838, after an economic scandal that provoked various disaffection and Smith had to face several lawsuits for undue enrichment and the creation of an illegal bank.10 Smith regrouped the rest of his followers in a settlement called Far West, in Missouri, where tensions with former settlers escalated into violent conflicts. .

In 1839 the Mormons settled on the banks of the Mississippi River, where they founded the city of Nauvoo, which began to grow rapidly thanks to the settlement of new converts brought by the Mormon missionaries.12 By this time, Joseph Smith began to introduce the polygamy among their closest and establish new ceremonies that supposedly allowed the righteous to become gods.

The Religion & the Micronationallism

Foto de la Portada del Libro de Mormón.

While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and no government in general formally recognize The United Socialist States as an official Nation, the latter does recognize this religion and in 2012 when the micronation was founded the same micronation was taken from the Book of Mormon where the map of Jerusalem was seen in the times of Moses and there was seen the Persian Gulf, and from there it was decided to give the name of Pérsico to The United Socialist States.

Despite all this the National Parliament of The United Socialist States officially Declera to the Micronacion as a Micronacion with a Lay Government, is to say that the micronacion accepts any citizen and national and national authority of any religion.