More about the Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the official name of the church that is sometimes also commonly called the Mormon Church or LDS Church. As members of the Church, we believe first and foremost that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of God.

The Church was founded in the year 1830 in New York. Since that time, the Church has grown into a worldwide faith with more than 15 million members spread across approximately 200 countries.

Iowa has an important role in the history of the Church. In the early days of the Church during the mid 1800s, members moved westward to escape religious persecution and most passed through Iowa. As those early latter-day saints passed from Nauvoo, Illinois, on their way to Council Bluffs, Iowa, their wagons and handcarts left a lasting impression in Iowa soil as they made their way out west, ultimately arriving in Utah.

You may have also noticed the Church’s missionaries, which number more than 74,000, serving around the world. Those missionaries are volunteers, the majority of which are young men and young women who take 18 – 24 months out of their lives at their own expense to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and serve others.

This site features stories of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in their daily lives sharing their stories of what their faith means to them. All content from this website is expressly the thoughts and opinions of the individual authors and is not an office blog of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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