Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, music of the [Mormon Church]
- Roger Miller
Mormons see themselves as a ‘new Israel’, invested with divine authority and commissioned by angelic messengers to re-establish the Church of Jesus Christ after centuries of apostasy, so that Christ may come again to reign personally upon the earth. Mormon theology is based on the principle of continuous revelation and the restoration of ‘all things’ in the latter days. The Book of Mormon, an account of the ministry of Christ in ancient America, was translated by Smith from ancient records through ‘the gift and power of God’ and is accepted by Mormons as scripture, along with the Bible and other sacred revelations.
The Church, whose headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, was formally organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, New York, in 1830, with important communities at Kirtland, Ohio (1831–8), western Missouri (1831–9) and Nauvoo, Illinois (1839–46), all of which were abandoned because of intense persecution and mob violence. Even before Smith was martyred at Carthage, Illinois, in ...