Last updated on: 6/2/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church) Biography

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

“Human life is a sacred gift from God. Elective abortion for personal or social convenience is contrary to the will and the commandments of God. Church members who submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions may lose their membership in the [Mormon] Church.”

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

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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,” www.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,” www.lds.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

Other:
Religious association
Contact Info:
Phone
801-240-1000
Email
None found
Website
www.lds.org
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Abortion Be Legal?