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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children….

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife…
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.”

“Proclamation on the Family,” lds.org, Sep. 23, 1995

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Description:

“After the martyrdom of Joseph Smith in 1844 in Carthage, Illinois, the succeeding prophet of the Church, Brigham Young, by revelation directed Church members to move west. With the arrival of the first pioneers in 1847, Salt Lake City, Utah, became the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and remains so to this day…

Today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide religion. Church membership is currently over 13 million, with over half of the members living outside the United States. Although Utah is often thought of as the home of the Mormons, only about 14 percent of the Church membership lives in Utah.

With a global focus, the Church has more than 100 temples worldwide, prints monthly magazines in 50 languages for adults, youth, and children and has published more than 100 million copies of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ in over 93 languages.

With over 50,000 missionaries in 162 countries, Church membership continues to grow exponentially.

Members throughout the world are organized into local congregations called wards or branches. These congregations are organized geographically, and members attend a ward or branch near their home, meeting together each Sunday to worship and learn. The leader of a congregation is a bishop or a branch president. He is not paid for his service, but he donates his time to serve the congregation.”

“Church Organization,” lds.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

Mission:

“Jesus Christ stands at the head of the Church. The mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to help all people come unto Him… To fulfill this mission, the Church is organized according to the pattern revealed by the Lord for the perfecting of the saints… till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.”

“Gospel Topics,” lds.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

Other:
Tax-exempt, religious 501(c)(3) organization
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