The Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints (LDS), was founded by Joseph Smith. The official story is that a fourteen-year-old, Joseph Smith, walked into a grove of trees, near his home in Palmyra, New York, to pray. During his prayers, he asked God to tell him which church was true. In answer to his prayers, God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ, appeared to the young Smith and told him that there was no true church on this earth. Furthermore, Joseph Smith proclaimed that God and Jesus (although this version of the revelation would be changed many times) told him that he had been chosen by God to restore God's "true church" on this earth. This first revelation is usually set in the Spring of 1820.
It is the claim of Joseph Smith that, over the next ten years (from 1820-1830), he was visited by other heavenly messengers. He likened himself to Moses and Paul, of biblical times. During this time, he transcribed the Book of Mormon and organized God's Church on April 6th, 1830.
Church members are known as The Saint, or Mormons.
The Church headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Church Doctrine and/or Holy Books
Book of Mormon - expound Doctrine and Covenants - expound Pearl of Great Price - expound