Christian faith groups
The LDS Restorationist movement,
including many Mormon denominations
The LDS Restoration movement is made up of denominations,
small faith groups who trace their origins back to the
original Church of Christ that Joseph Smith's
founded in 1830. The Church of Christ
was renamed the Church of Latter Day Saints in 1834, then became the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1838.
Following Smith's assassination
by a Christian mob in 1844, problems arose about
the choice of a new leader. This caused schism within the church, which resulted
in the creation of a number of new faith groups. The largest faction, under the
leadership of Brigham Young, started on a long trek to Salt Lake in what is now
Utah. Other groups remained in the mid-west.
The Utah group changed the
capitalization and punctuation of their name to became The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints in 1851. It is now called by the latter title (no pun
intended), and is often referred to as the LDS, LDS Church, Mormon Church,
Latter-day Saints, the Church, or The Church of Jesus Christ.
It remains by far the largest denomination within the LDS Restoration movement.
Many schisms followed so that the present-day LDS Restoration
movement consists of almost a hundred faith groups.
The membership of the LDS Church and of some other groups within
the LDS Restoration movement are often referred to as "Mormons" by the
media and general public. However, only the LDS
Church and a few other faith groups use this term themselves. Further, the LDS
Church objects to any reference to other denominations having any claim to
the term "Mormon."
In an essay on the LDS church in Christianity Today --
the leading evangelical Christian magazine -- Robert Millet and Gerald McDermott stated:
"Historically, evangelicals and Mormons have demonized each
other. Evangelicals consider the Church of Latter-day Saints to be a
cult and typically think Mormons are not real
In return, Mormons generally accept
evangelicals and many other Christian denominations as Christian groups. However Mormons
also believe that the Christian movement deviated from the true message of the Gospel
after the apostles died in the first century CE and that they have been able to recreate authentic Christianity.
Topics covered in this section:
The LDS Restorationist movement:
|Practice of polygyny 2 by some LDS Restorationists:
Groups within the LDS Restorationist movement:
Before sending a letter of complaint:
A reference and footnotes used:
- Robert Millet and Gerald McDermott, "Mitt's Mormonism and the
Can conservative Protestants vote for a member of what they consider a
cult?" Christianity Today, 2007-MAY-31, at:
- We receive a lot of Emails saying that our use of "polygyny" is a
typo and that the correct word is "polygamy." This is not a spelling
error. "Polygyny" means a marriage between one man and multiple
wives, which is what the essays discuss.
Polygamy can mean:
|polygyny: a marriage among one man and multiple women;|
|polyandry: a marriage among one woman and multiple men; or|
|group marriage: a marriage among multiple men and multiple women|
Only polygyny is currently promoted by certain fundamentalist Mormon
denominations. With few exceptions, polygyny was the only polygamous arrangement
promoted by The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints until it was at least temporarily suspended in the late
- American Experience and Frontline, two of PBS' most acclaimed
TV series presented "The Mormons," a four hour documentary about the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is available for viewing online
and for purchase in DVD format. See: http://www.pbs.org/mormons/
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