The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons, believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the savior of the world and that mankind, saved from its sins through Christ's atonement, will ultimately return to live with God. The Church also believes that revelations sent by God to Joseph Smith, its founder, restored divine apostolic authority for Christ's original church, authority that had been lost with the death of the ancient apostles.
Just as Joseph Smith was called to restore the original church of Christ, Latter Day Saints believe that God continues to call new apostles and prophets. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and the Doctrine and Covenants formally incorporate the revelations received by Joseph Smith and those who followed him as president of the Latter Day Saints into new volumes of scripture. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not ordain professional clergy, but rather recognizes Church members, called as full-time apostles, to serve as congregational leaders.
The family is at the core of Mormon beliefs regarding salvation and is seen as a divinely instituted relationship. It is believed that families that follow God's commandments will ultimately be saved and will live with God, eternally, as a family. Uniting families is recognized as the primary purpose of Mormon temples, within which Mormons worship. Family members who have died, because they will ultimately be reunited with living members of their family, receive the same temple rites as those that are alive.