What Is the History of the Mormon Religion?


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The Mormon religion was created by Joseph Smith in 1830 in New York. The Mormon religion, which is officially known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, claims to be derived from Christianity.

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Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church, believed God came to him to encourage him to re-establish the church that Jesus Christ brought to earth, which he believed was lost after the death of Jesus' apostles. Smith's plan was to bring back all practices that are in the Bible, including polygamy, which was once a part of the beliefs of the Mormon religion. The church hasn't practiced polygamy since 1890.

During the 19th century, Mormons were met with a lot of conflict due to their religious beliefs. The church members changed locations many times to avoid this persecution. In 1844, Joseph Smith was murdered, and Brigham Young became the leader of the religious organization. Under his leadership, the church members moved again to western America.

The religion has very strict laws that forbid caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea. Members also abstain from alcohol, tobacco and all other drugs. The Mormon Church has beliefs that are very distinct from other branches of Christianity.

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