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I'm a father of 3, avid soccer player, wakeboarder, and snowboarder.I'm also a spanish speaker, and proud Arizonan. I'm a Mormon.
The most direct answer to the question is a group of six men who signed their names to a founding document on April 6, 1830. The room was filled with believers, but six signed to fulfill New York state law. Preeminent among them was Joseph Smith, Jr. who was designated the first elder and apostle by revelation. It is Joseph Smith, Jr. who is most often referred to as the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph, as a young man of eighteen years of age, was visited by an angel, the one mentioned in Revelation 14:6, who told him where an ancient record was buried which contained a history of a group of ancient, American Christians, and which also contained the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This record was translated by the gift and power of God by the young man with the aid of others as scribes and witnesses of the translation. During translation they learned of the need of further organization, and this tiny group sought out God who sent additional angelic messengers which conferred authority from God to organize His Church again upon the earth, as it was in Biblical times. This group and those who believed their stories of miraculous events met in a farmhouse on April 6, 1830 in upstate New York to create an officially recognized organization that could hold the copyrights to the record that was translated as the Book of Mormon as well as other rights granted to religious societies. It is called the Mormon church because of the book revealed from heaven, which is unique from all other Christian churches. Show more Show less
Jesus Christ. The name of our curch is the Curch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When Christ was on the earth He started a church and it was organized by apostles, prophets, pastors, and teachers. Of course the organization that he set up later fell because people didn't want to hear from them. So later on, in the 1800s, Christ and Heavenly Father found it to be the right time to bring that same organization back to the earth. And they then called another prophet, the same way Christ did when he was on the earth. And that Prophet's name was Joseph Smith. Show more Show less
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While a Protestant, I became deeply troubled with things pertaining to marriage. I wanted to know what would become of our relationships after death, especially with regard to my future wife. I took the matter before my pastor. His response did not put my mind to ease. In short, he replied, "Till death do you part." I could not imagine how a deep and abiding love shared over a lifetime would simply cease at death. It was unbiblical! After all, did not God institute marriage? In the Garden of Eden, Adam declared, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh," (Gen. 2:24). I felt in my heart that marriage was meant to endure forever, for death did not exist for those newlyweds. It continued, even after their Fall: "Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living," (Gen. 3:20). As I continued to learn the principles of eternal marriage, the spirit bore witness to me that it was true. Jesus Christ said, "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder," (Matt. 19:6) The Prophet Joseph Smith revealed that the "same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (D&C 130:2). So declared Paul, "Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord." Indeed, "the whole family [is] in heaven," (Eph. 3:14-15). Show more Show less