FLDS are Not Mormons

Mormon ChurchThe recent publicity given to a religion known as the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) has led to some confusion. A recent survey showed many people believed they were part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often known as the Mormons. Although they call themselves Mormons, they are not at all connected to the Church typified by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Salt Lake City Temple, or the Osmonds.

The FLDS broke away from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 1889. They chose not to accept the prophet of that time, Wilford Woodruff, as their leader because they were unwilling to accept that polygamy as a church practice was ended. Those who rejected the cancellation of polygamy through revelation moved away to form their own communities. The groups split off several times, and today there are a number of groups practicing polygamy, none of which are part of the original church. Today, any member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  who decides to begin practicing polygamy is excommunicated. Most of the people currently in the apostate groups have never been members of the original church.

As you explore this website, you’ll quickly see the two groups are no longer similar in either culture or in religious practice. While both groups use the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and claim the same first three leaders, the two groups (the FLDS and the LDS) now have different leadership and goals. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no control over these small apostate groups in any way. They follow their own leaders and choose their own lifestyles and are not connected to the original church in any way.

This site is not designed to disparage another faith. Its purpose is to tell you about our own religion, and in the process point out some of the ways we differ from splinter groups trying to identify themselves as part of the Church. Click on the tabs to find the topics you’re interested in exploring.

In this section of the website, you can explore the basics of both religions. You might begin with these articles:

FLDS and LDS–What’s the Difference?

Who Are the FLDS?

Who are the Mormons?

To learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visit the official websites:

LDS.org (used extensively by members of the Church, but with much useful information for all visitors.)

Mormon.org (especially designed to introduce people of other faiths to the religion.)

4 Responses to FLDS are Not Mormons

  1. Pastor Handy says:

    I am Pastor Handy from The New Testament Bible Church located in Monroe, LA. I have been getting your literature from Nathan C. Jessop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints and I have not requested it. I have written numerous of letters asking that it be discounted because I am not a Mormon or do I have any association with your organization.
    I do not know I ended up on your mailing list, I ask that you please remove me at once, thank you…

    • Gale says:

      We are not the FLDS Church. This site was mounted by ordinary Mormons who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15,000,000 strong. We mounted this site to educate people who think we practice polygamy (we don’t) and to differentiate us from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You will have to contact them to stop the advertising you are receiving.

  2. Boyd Summers says:

    The LDS church avoids talking about what Joseph Smith started having plural wives. WHY? I am an active member in the LDS church. Having poligamy is a sin and ruin many lives. I would like a respone quickly. Don’t avoid this question. Provide me information. D&C 132 confuses me.
    Boyd L Summers

    • Gale says:

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not avoid talking about Joseph Smith’s polygamy and how it was instituted and practiced. The history has never been hidden, but now the Church is making the information even more readily available through new “topics” articles online and a new LDS Seminary manual. The institute manuals have always contained information about polygamy. Here’s a new article under the topics section: https://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marriage-and-families-in-early-utah?lang=eng

      Polygamy is only a sin when God says it is. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob practiced polygamy and have been exalted. It takes sacrifice and purity, and even then it is difficult. If you read the personal accounts at http://historyofmormonism.com, you will see that many refused to enter into the practice until they received very profound revelations on the subject. Even then, only about 20% of Latter-day Saints entered into the practice. Today, of course, any Latter-day Saint who practices polygamy is excommunicated.

      When you read Doctrine and Covenants 132, visualize it as the eternal marriage covenant between one man and one wife. Polygamy never was a requirement for exaltation. Its modern practice was meant to raise up righteous seed unto God at the very beginnings of the restoration during a period of great difficulty and probably as part of the “restoration of all things.”

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