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Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

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In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ during His mortal ministry was no longer on the earth.

Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and received authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world.

  • People always think about the LDS church starting in New York. In 1820 Joseph Smith received what most often is called a vision, and sometimes, a visitation (I prefer to call it a visitation as I feel that is a more accurate wording) from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. From what we know and learn in the gospel, I believe that he did not dream that this happened while nothing was really there. It was not a vision, or a waking-dream, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ actually appeared to Joseph Smith in a grove of trees. This was the start of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ as it had been taught by Him from the beginning. So even though we commonly say that the church was 'started' in 1820, the truth is that it was organized on the earth once more at that time. The church and it's teachings have been around since before the creation of the earth. As one learns about the plan of salvation, or as we sometimes call it, the plan of happiness, we learn that God does not change and that the principles and values that we share are eternal. The gospel of Jesus Christ was not started by Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was called as a prophet to bring back what had been lost. I can't really say when or where the church started, but it was long long ago. Show more

  • The Mormon Church began in the state of New York on April 6, 1830. That being said, we believe that the Mormon Church is the original Church of Jesus Christ, restored in its purity with the fullness of the gospel. Show more

  • The church had it's roots in the Western New York area. There Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet, translated a holy record that today is called the Book of Mormon, and formally organized the church in 1830. Show more

  • I begins in 1820 in the State of New York with a 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith. Joseph was struggling to determine which church he should join. They all claimed to the the true Church of God. He read a scripture (James 1:5-6) which said he should "...ask of God". So he went to a private place in a grove of trees to pray aloud and ask God which church he should join. He was surprised when God the Father and Jesus Christ appread to him. Jesus said to Joseph that he should join none of the churches, but that He (Jesus) would us Joseph to restore His church on the Earth. Show more

  • The Mormon Church began in Fayette Township, New York, on April 6th of 1830. Show more

  • In the truest sense, it started thousands of years ago. Mormonism is not an offshoot of another religion. It is a church that is restored from earlier times. It is the same church that Christ set up during his mortal life on earth. Like the primitive church of long ago,we too,have prophets and apostles. The restoration in these times started when heavenly father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph smith. With further instruction, joseph smith eventually was a tool in god's hands in restoring christ's church on earth. On April 6th, 1830, the church of Jesus Christ was officially restored. It is called the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints because it describes the church in this era and distinguishes it from older times. Show more

  • The Mormon Church began at the beginning of the world with our first parents, Adam and Eve. They lived the word of the Lord and taught their children about Him. Many others taught the word of God throughout the ages, with ancient prophets such as Moses and Abraham, all the way down until the ministry of Jesus Christ. When Christ was on the Earth, He taught God's will and about what we need to do to return to live with Him someday. After Christ and His Apostles were eventually killed off, the true church of Christ was gone from the Earth. It wasn't until April 6, 1830 that His church was restored and was named The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many people in the world know us as the Mormon Church because of our belief in the Book of Mormon.  Show more

  • In the early 1800´s a wave of religious interest known as "The Great Awakening" swept the United States, and with it several new Christian churches. With so many different opinions on The Bible, many people were confused about which church was true. A young man named Joseph Smith lived in upstate New York with his family. They visted several churches and listened to several different preachers, but still came to no conclusion. A Bible passage in the first chapter of James reads "If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God," and upon reading this and feeling very impressed by it, Joseph Smith decided that he could only get an answer through God. One day in the spring of 1820, he went into a grove near his house and began to pray. Unexpectedly, he was visted by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, who told him that the Church organization Christ established on the Earth, the Priesthood authority to do sacred things, and many simple doctrines had been lost after His death and that of His Apostles. Christ also told Joseph Smith that with time, He would restore His church with the proper authority again on the Earth. After this visit, Christ sent other heavenly messengers inclding Peter, James, and John to lay their hands on Joseph Smith´s head and give Priesthood authority just like it was given in times of old. Over the course of 10 years, the same church that Christ established in His Earthly ministry with all its offices and the fullnes of the Gospel was restored. Show more

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began in in 1830, but in reality this is just when the original church of Christ was restored. After the death of Jesus Christ, the church he had set up slowly started to disintegrate. Shortly after this, the church as Christ had established it was gone. There were many churches that still claimed to be Christ's church, but important parts of the doctrine had been changed (this is part of the reasons why we see so many Christian churches today). God knew that this would happen but promised us, His children, that the perfect church of Christ would one day be restored again to the earth. This was prophesied by many apostles, including Paul in Acts 3:19-21. In 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith was looking for this church. He was raised in a religious family that taught him to read the Bible. Joseph attended many churches, searching for the truth. One day after reading James 1:5, he learned that if he lacked wisdom, he needed to ask God. He went to a grove of trees near him house and prayed to God to know which church was true and which to join. He received a miraculous answer. He was visited by God and Jesus personally and was told that none of the churches on the earth at that time were correct but that he would soon be called to be the prophet to restore the church of Christ on the earth, fulfilling the prophesies of the Bible. 10 years later the church was officially restore. Show more

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