We believe that through Him, all mankind may enjoy eternal life with their families in Heavenly Father’s kingdom (John 3:16). We also believe that we lived with God as spirits before we were born (Romans 8:16), and that according to His plan of happiness we can come to earth to receive physical bodies in order to learn and grow. Through the work done in Mormon temples, we believe our family relationships can be sealed eternally. All this is contingent on our living righteous lives according to God’s divine guidance, as revealed by prophets, and repenting when we make mistakes. The Church’s mission is to help us meet the challenges of this life so that we will be worthy of the temporal and spiritual blessings God wants for us.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the official name of the religion commonly called the Mormon Church. It was established April 6, 1830 by Joseph Smith, the first president of the Church. We believe he was called by God to be a prophet in the modern era, like Moses and Abraham in biblical times. Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ in a vision after praying to know which church to join. They called on him to restore the church Christ organized when He was on earth, with the proper organization and priesthood authority that had been lost shortly after the Savior’s death.
From the original six members in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ has grown to a membership of nearly 14 million on six continents. After Joseph Smith’s death, an unbroken succession of prophets have led the Church, always striving to bring members to a better understanding and greater love for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This site is meant to introduce our Church to the world. Through these pages we hope to answer your questions, give accurate information, and provide ways to learn more. The "People" page introduces its readers to Mormons who tell their own stories about how the Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed their lives. "Values" highlights some of the cultural priorities of Mormons, such as strong families, service and good citizenship. And we present the core doctrines that underpin our beliefs in the "Beliefs" section. We hope this site will be a good beginning to your investigation of our faith, furthered by contact with the missionaries and visits to our Church services.
The Church owns and operates many Web sites, here are some of the most popular:
- LDS.org – mainly directed to members of the Church, presenting messages from Church leaders, Web groups for local congregations and providing resources for those studying the gospel or preparing lessons.
- Newsroom.LDS.org – providing news stories and statistical information regarding the Church.
- Familysearch.org – the largest genealogy organization in the world, providing records and services for anyone interested in family history research.