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Latter-day Saint

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 numerous other Latter Day Saint groups also refer to themselves as Mormons, a term that began as a nickname in reference to the "Book of Mormon." There are over 12 million Latter-day Saints in the world today, just under 46% of which reside 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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