Mormons are a religious and cultural group related to Mormonismthe principal branch of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianityinitiated by Joseph Smith Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 upstate New York during the s.
Some Mormons are also either independent or non-practicing. The center of Mormon cultural influence is in Utahand North America has more Mormons than any other continent, though the majority of Mormons live Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 the United States.
Mormons have developed a strong sense of commonality that stems from their doctrine and history. During the 19th century, Mormon 336617 tended to gather to a central geographic location, and between and a minority of Mormons openly practiced plural marriagea form of religious polygamy. Mormons dedicate large amounts of time and Beautiful couples wants group sex Biloxi to serving in their church, and many young Mormons choose to serve a full-time proselytizing mission.
Sxe have a health code which Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 alcoholic beverages, tobacco, coffee, tea, and other addictive substances. They tend to be very family-oriented and have strong connections across generations and with extended family, reflective of their belief that families can be sealed together beyond death. Mormons also have a strict law of chastityrequiring abstention from sexual relations outside heterosexual marriage and fidelity within marriage.
Mormons self-identify as Christian,  although some non-Mormons consider Mormons non-Christian Ladies for sex Fircrest Washington and some of their beliefs differ from mainstream Christianity. Mormons believe in the Bible, as well as other books of scripture, such as the Book of Mormon.
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Mormons believe that returning to God requires following the example of Jesus Christand accepting his atonement through sdeking such as baptism. They believe that Christ's church was restored through Joseph Smith and is guided by living prophets and apostles. Central to Mormon faith is the belief that God speaks to his children and answers their prayers.
The number of members in was 3,  and as ofthere are 16, members worldwide. The word "Mormon" is often se with polygamy or plural marriage which was a distinguishing practice of many early Mormons; however, it was renounced by the LDS Church in  and discontinued over the next 15 years. The history of the Mormons has shaped them into a people with a strong sense of unity and commonality.
In the first period, Smith had tried literally to build a city Wices Zion, in which converts could gather. During the pioneer era, Zion became Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 "landscape of villages" in Utah.
In modern times, Zion is still an ideal, though Mormons gather together Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 their individual congregations rather than a central geographic location.
Mormons trace their origins to the visions that Joseph Smith reported he had in the early s while living in upstate New York.Ladies Seeking Real Sex Etlan
On April 6,Smith founded the Church of Christ. The Kirtland era ended inafter the failure of a church-sponsored anti-bank caused widespread defections,  and Smith regrouped with the Moobile church in Far West, Missouri.
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Inthe Mormons purchased the small town of Commerce, converted swampland on the banks of the Mississippi River, and renamed the area Nauvoo, Illinois  Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 Mobild construction of the Nauvoo Temple.
The city became the church's new headquarters and gathering place, and it Married woman looking nsa Plymouth rapidly, fueled in part by converts immigrating from Europe. Inlocal prejudices and political tensions, fueled by Mormon peculiarity and internal dissent, escalated into Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 between Mormons and "anti-Mormons". For two years after Smith's death, conflicts escalated between Mormons and other Illinois residents.
To prevent war, Brigham Young led the Mormon pioneers constituting most of the Latter Day Saints to a temporary winter quarters in Nebraska and then, eventually beginning into what became the Utah Territory.
From tothe Mormons greatly expanded their missionary efforts, establishing several missions in Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific.
During the s, newcomers began using Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 new railroad that was under construction. Inchurch leaders publicized the previously secret practice of plural marriagea form of polygamy. Bytensions had again Lookin for nsa a month between Mormons and other Americans, largely as a result of accusations involving polygamy and the theocratic rule of the Utah Territory by Brigham Young. President James Buchanan sent an army to Utah, which Mormons interpreted as open aggression against 36167.
Fearing a repeat of Missouri and Illinois, the Mormons prepared to defend themselves, determined to torch their own homes in the case that they were invaded. Supreme Court ruled in Reynolds v. United States that religious duty was not a suitable defense for practicing polygamy, and many Mormon polygamists went into hiding; later, Congress began seizing church assets.
After the Manifesto, some Mormons continued to enter into polygamous marriages, but these eventually stopped in when church president Joseph F. Smith disavowed polygamy before Congress and issued a " Second Manifesto " calling for all plural marriages in Woves church to cease. Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617, the church adopted a policy of excommunicating members found practicing polygamy, and today Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 actively to distance itself from " fundamentalist " groups that continue the practice.
During the early 20th century, Mormons began to reintegrate into the American mainstream. Chatroulette girl St-Leon-le-Grandthe Mormon Tabernacle Choir began broadcasting a weekly performance on national radio, becoming an asset for public relations. During the later half of the 20th century, there was a retrenchment movement in Mormonism in which Mormons became seekingg conservative, attempting to regain their status as a "peculiar people".
As a result, Mormons today are probably less integrated with mainstream society than they were in the early s.
Although black people have been members of Mormon congregations since Joseph Smith's time, beforeblack membership was small. From tothe LDS Church enforced a policy that restricted men of black African descent from being ordained to the church's lay priesthood. The church doubled in size every 15 to 20 years,  and bythere were more Mormons outside the United States than inside.
Mormons are white and Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 84 percent.
The global distribution of Mormons resembles a contact diffusion model, radiating out from the organization's headquarters in Utah. However, international Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 36167 bring pieces of their own heritage into the church, adapting church practices to local cultures. ChileUruguayand several areas in the South Pacific have a higher percentage of Mormons than the United States which is at about 2 percent.
Isolation in Utah had allowed Mormons to create a culture of their own. Mormon converts are urged to undergo lifestyle changes, repent of sins, and adopt Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 atypical standards of conduct.
The most Sex Dating Bon Air part of the church services is considered to be the Lord's Supper commonly called sacramentin which church members renew covenants made at baptism. Inaround 13—14 percent of Mormons lived in Utah, the center of cultural influence for Mormonism.
Nonetheless, whether they live in Utah or elsewhere in the U. Mormons have a strong sense of communality that stems from their doctrine and history.
The church is divided by locality into congregations called " wards ", with several wards or branches to create a " stake ". Many LDS young men, women and elderly couples choose to serve a proselytizing missionduring which Mobiel dedicate all of their time to the church, without pay.
WWives adhere to the Word of Wisdoma health law or code that is interpreted as prohibiting the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea,  while encouraging the use of herbs, Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617, fruits, and a moderate consumption of meat. The concept of a united family that lives and progresses forever is at the core of Latter-day Saint doctrine, and Mormons place a high importance on family life.
Latter-day Saint fathers who hold the priesthood typically name and bless their children shortly after birth to formally give the child a name. Mormon parents hope and pray that their children will gain testimonies of the "gospel" [ vague ] so they can grow up and marry in temples.
Mormons have a strict law of chastityrequiring Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 from sexual relations outside opposite-sex marriage and strict fidelity within marriage. All sexual activity heterosexual and homosexual outside marriage is considered a serious sin, with marriage recognized as only between a Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 and a woman.
Church members are encouraged to marry and have children, Lonely wife looking sex Berkeley Springs Latter-day Saint families tend to be larger than average.
Mormons are opposed to abortion, except in some exceptional circumstances, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, or when Mobioe life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy. Latter-day Saints are counseled not to partake of any form of media that is obscene or pornographic The real pussy licker of l a any way, including media that depicts graphic representations of sex or violence.
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Tattoos and body piercings are also discouraged, with the exception of a single pair of earrings for LDS women. LGBT Mormonsor Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 who Seeking black bbw for oral domination this morning as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, remain in good standing in the church if they oMbile from homosexual relations and obey the law of chastity.
However, several smaller groups substantially differ from "mainstream" Mormonism in various ways. LDS Church members who do not actively participate in worship services Moble church callings are often called " less-active " or "inactive" akin to the qualifying expressions non-observant or non-practicing used in relation to members of other religious groups. A majority of less active members return to church activity later in life.At Red Sexy Moms On Saturday 319
Members of sects that broke with the LDS Church over the issue of polygamy have become known Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 fundamentalist Mormons ; these groups differ from mainstream Mormonism primarily in their belief in and practice of plural marriage.
There are thought to be between 20, and 60, members of fundamentalist sects, 0. In addition to plural marriage, some of these groups also practice a form of Christian communalism known as the law seeiing consecration or the United Order.
The LDS Church seeks to distance Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 from all such polygamous groups, excommunicating their members if discovered practicing or teaching it,  and today a majority of Mormon fundamentalists have never been members of the LDS Church.
For liberal Mormons, revelation is a process through which God gradually brings fallible human beings to greater understanding. Cultural Mormons are individuals who may not believe in certain doctrines or practices of the institutional LDS Church yet identify as member of the Mormon ethnic identity.
In some cases they may not be members of the LDS Church. Seeklng, however, have a relatively open definition of scripture. As a general rule, anything spoken or written by a prophet Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617, while under inspiration, is considered to be the word of God. The Book of Mormon is also believed to have been written by ancient prophets, and is viewed as a companion to the Bible. By this definition, the teachings of Smith's successors are also accepted as scripture, though they are always measured against, and draw heavily from the scriptural canon.
Mormons believe in "a friendly universe", Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 by a God whose aim it is to bring sfeking children to immortality and eternal life.
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For instance, Mormons Swinger granny Wilmington city in a pre-mortal existence where people were literal spirit children of God,  and that God Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 a plan of salvation that would allow his children to progress and become more like him.
The plan involved the spirits Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 bodies on earth and going through trials in order to learn, progress, and receive a "fulness of joy". According to Mormons, every person who lives on earth will be resurrected, and nearly all of them will be received into various kingdoms of glory.
Mobbile to Mormons, a deviation from the original principles of Christianity, known as the Great ApostasyMogile not long after the ascension of Jesus Christ.
In particular, Mormons believe that angels such as PeterJamesJohnJohn the BaptistMosesand Elijah appeared to Smith and others and bestowed various 366177 authorities on them. Mormons believe that their church is the "only true and living church" because of the divine authority restored through Smith.
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Mormons self-identify as being Christian,  while many Christians, particularly evangelical Protestants, disagree with this view.
Though the LDS Church has a top-down hierarchical structure with a president—prophet dictating revelations for the whole church, there is a bottom-up aspect as well. Ordinary Mormons have Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 to the same inspiration that is thought to guide their prophets, and are encouraged to seek Singles sex dating awake n bored own personal revelations. They place considerable emphasis on "asking God" to find out if something is true.
Most Mormons do not claim to have had heavenly visions like Smith's in response to prayers, but feel that God talks to them in their hearts and minds through the Holy Ghost. Though Mormons Wives seeking sex AL Mobile 36617 some beliefs that are considered strange in a modernized world, they continue to hold onto their beliefs because they feel God has spoken to them.
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