A REFERENCE TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
The Mormon Handbook is a reference to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
After the death of Joseph Smith, the church he founded split into several denominations. Those who sided with Brigham Young followed him to the Great Salt Lake Valley, where they became the largest church that still regards Joseph a true prophet.
Members are called Latter-day Saints (LDS) or Mormons, after their Book of Mormon, which claims to be ‘another testament of Jesus Christ’. The terms ‘LDS’ and ‘Mormon’ are used interchangeably in this handbook.
The LDS church proclaims that it is the only true Christian church today. They believe that the original church founded by Jesus Christ fell into apostasy after His Apostles died and was restored in 1830 by their prophet Joseph Smith. They hold that during this time, the Bible and true doctrine were corrupted. Mormons also believe that their Book of Mormon contains the ‘fullness of the gospel’ and that their present-day church is nearly identical to the original church.
Because this church claims to be the only true Christian church, the handbook accepts the challenge from Brigham Young, their second prophet, to compare their religion to the Bible.
I say to the whole world, receive the truth, no matter who presents it to you. Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-day Saints with it, and see if it will stand the test.
— Brigham Young
Second Mormon prophet