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What are the Latter Day Saints' primary beliefs?

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Two of the main beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and that God still speaks to mankind. The church is led by a Prophet and Twelve Apostles. Like most Christian churches, they follow the teachings of the Bible.

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In addition to the Bible, Latter Day Saints include in their scripture "The Book of Mormon," which they believe was translated by Joseph Smith from gold plates in the early 19th century. They believe that God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings and that God and Jesus have physical bodies. Male members of the church who live its teachings are ordained to the priesthood, which allows them to perform ordinances they believe are essential to salvation, such as baptism.

Latter Day Saints are expected to abstain from alcohol, recreational drugs, coffee and tea. They are also supposed to abstain from sex outside of marriage. If they marry another member of the church, the ceremony can be performed in one of their temples, which they believe allows them to remain married after death. They also believe that each person had a spiritual existence before birth and that there is a spiritual existence after death.

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