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Latter-day Saint

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A Latter-day Saint is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and should not to be confused with the different, though similar term "Latter Day Saint." The term "Latter-day Saint", as spelled with a hyphen and a lower-case "d," has a different meaning than the older and more general term "Latter Day Saint," which applies to all sects that derive their religious heritage from Joseph Smith, Jr. The British spelling "Latter-day Saint" originated in 1852 when the LDS Church was incorporated in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Latter-day Saints are by far the largest group of Latter Day Saints. They prefer the term Latter-day Saints but are commonly known as Mormons, although a few other Latter Day Saint groups also refer to themselves as Mormons. This is a term that began as a nickname in reference to the "Book of Mormon."

There are more than 12 million Latter-day Saints in the world today, the majority of which reside outside the United States (approximately 45 percent reside within the US). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the fastest growing religions in the world today, having more than doubled in membership since 1982. It is the most far reaching world religion originating in the United States.


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Further Reading

  • Articles of Faith, by James E. Talmage, Signature Books 2003, ISBN 1560851678
  • Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1981, ISBN 0967686563
  • Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Doubleday 2004, ISBN 038551316X
  • Jesus the Christ: A Study of the Messiah and His Mission, by James E. Talmage, Deseret Book Co. 1982, ISBN 0877479038
  • Marvelous Work and a Wonder, by Le Grand Richards, Deseret Book Co. 1984, ISBN 0877471614

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