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This is a group of about 100 denominations that trace their spiritual ancestry back to The Church of Jesus Christ which was founded by Joseph Smith in New York state during 1830 CE. The largest Mormon denominations are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now called the Community of Christ.

They teach that Jesus spent time in Central and South America after his crucifixion, spreading the gospel to Aboriginal peoples throughout the Americas. Smith stated that as a result of an angelic visitation, he was shown the location of golden plates containing the Book of Mormon, one of the denominations' sacred texts. He also found the Urim and Thummin which enabled him to translate the plates into English. Both later disappeared. The LDS announced that it had abandoned the practice of polygyny during the 19th century, but -- in secret -- continued the practice into the early 20th century. They were a racist organization, discriminating against African Americans over ordination to the priesthood until 1978. They continue, along with many conservative Christian faith groups, as a sexist organization in their refusal to ordain women. They and the Roman Catholic Church actively oppress the LGBT community. The group has about 11 million members worldwide and are growing rapidly.

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