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Basic Elements of Mormonism

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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)

Abstract

The very beginnings of the LDS Church date back to a vision experienced by a 14-year-old farm boy named Joseph Smith. This “first vision” as it is commonly called, is pivotal to understanding Mormonism. For Mormons the validity of the church’s belief system rests on this foundational event. Mormons believe this was the most significant revelation ever shared with humanity. It began the great dispensation, which refers to a period of time during which the Lord authorizes one servant to reveal the Gospel anew and bear responsibility for directing the priesthood. Smith is understood as the most recent of a long line of prophets, including Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Moses, who each started a new gospel dispensation. Smith’s dispensation is called the “dispensation of the fullness of times”

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Early Nineteenth Century Sacred Grove Golden Plate Eternal Life Holy Ghost 
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