Are Christians mean to Mormons

Polygamy & Mormons

Statement by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Vienna (OTS) - Polygamous groupings have nothing to do with the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide, comprising 12.5 million members. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) has been officially recognized in Austria for 50 years.

Due to the current occasion of the arrest of one of the most wanted men in the USA Warren Jeffs and also because of misleading media reports in the last few weeks, the Austrian church council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) has to do the following to protect members of the church To send press information to the editors-in-chief and media representatives in Austria:

The Austrian Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (officially recognized since 1955) points out that polygamy has been banned worldwide for every member of the Church since 1890, i.e. for over 115 years. The monogamous marriage between man and woman is of great importance and the basis for a Christian family. No one who practices polygamy or represents appropriate doctrine can be a member of the Church, he will be excommunicated.

The name "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" can only be assigned to the worldwide, 12.5 million member church headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the public eye, the abbreviation "Mormons" for Church members is common. For this reason, there are often misunderstandings and false reports, up to and including serious discrimination, when people or groups who do not belong to the worldwide Church are referred to as "Mormons".

The Associated Press Stylebook assigns the term Mormons to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members. The Austrian Church Council therefore requests media representatives in Austria to act responsibly and not to use terms such as "Mormons" or "Mormon Church" in connection with persons, groups or organizations that have nothing to do with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Confusion with groups that do not belong to the church, such as "Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints", "The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ" or "The Order" - possibly in connection with serious offenses such as forced marriage and child abuse - has dramatic consequences for the church and its members, especially for their youth, in their personal and social environment, as the last few weeks in Austria have shown.

We emphasize here clearly on the basis of current examples: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) has nothing to do with the group around John Daniel Kingston, their teachings, their behavior towards the state and society, etc. John Daniel Kingston is not and was not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The same goes for Warren Jeffs and his sect.

If you have any questions about the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Austrian Church Council invites media representatives to inform themselves. Come to one of the 18 parishes in Austria. Talk to the bishops and church members. Obtain information from the Church public relations officer.

Data & facts about the church at a glance

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in the United States in 1830. The community of faith is better known under the name Mormons. The first Austrian congregation was founded in Haag am Hausruck (Upper Austria) as early as 1901 and the church has been officially recognized in Austria since 1955. There are 5 parishes in Vienna, 18 throughout Austria. The seat of the Austrian church council is in Vienna, A-1020 Böcklinstr. 55.

Worldwide, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is represented in 162 countries; with 12.5 million members in 26,600 parishes. More than half of the Mormons live outside the United States. Since 1991 the membership has increased by 49%. The headquarters are in Salt Lake City, in the state of Utah in the USA. Salt Lake City was founded by Church members in 1847. A prosperous city was built there by the pioneers from a barren desert area. The 2002 Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City.

God the Father and Jesus Christ, who atoned for the sins of mankind and died on the cross, are at the center of worship and theology of the church. The scriptures consist of the standard work of the Bible and the Book of Mormon, referred to as another witness for Jesus Christ. This is where the often mentioned nickname Mormons comes from.

No drugs, no alcohol, no nicotine: special health rules are important for all members of the Church.

Family life is central in the Church.

No polygamy: The frequently mentioned plural marriage from the early days of the religious community has been banned for over 115 years. Living in polygamy and becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not possible anywhere in the world.

The offices in the church are honorary (lay priesthood). The bishop presides over a congregation of around 150-300 members. He is mostly a family man and holds office for about 5 to 10 years in addition to his job. He has 2 advisors to support him. Furthermore, many of the members of the church are actively involved in shaping the life of the community.

The aid organizations of the church take care of people in need quickly and continuously, regardless of nationality and religion. From 1985 to the end of 2004, aid worth more than US $ 730 million was provided in 159 countries. Furthermore, countless voluntary hours of work are done for the needy or the community. In Austria, too, aid projects are repeatedly carried out by local members. In 2002, a total of 360,000 euros were given to the governments of the affected federal states or directly to families in need for the flood victims in Austria. In the spring of 2006, the flood victims in Lower Austria received support through donations. There are ongoing relief operations worldwide and in Austria also with regard to those in need of the current natural disasters (earthquake in Pakistan, hurricanes, etc.).

Church education includes extensive programs. Demanding vocational training is encouraged. As part of a special training fund, trainees, especially in developing countries, receive appropriate support.

Genealogy: Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that family ties can last forever. The afterlife is an integral part of their theology. The members feel connected to their ancestors for generations. This love for the family, their descendants and their ancestors motivates them to create their own pedigree. In the research centers of the church, every visitor is happy to receive free advice, regardless of membership. The Church's official genealogy website: www.familysearch.org

Official Austria website at www.mormonen.at, worldwide website www.lds.org

Inquiries & contact:

Alfred & Elisabeth Pietsch
Public Relations - Austria
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
www.hlt.atwww.media.lds.org
Email: [email protected], mobile 0664/1621 404