The Mormons


Learn about the pillars of the Mormon faith and the history and impact of its church – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – with these resources from THE MORMONS. 

  • Humanitarian Programs

    Read about how the Mormons' reach out to the wider world in times of disaster or crisis, in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Mormon Church and Dissent

    In the mid-20th century, the church began to forcefully discipline its intellectuals who challenged the orthodox view of Mormon history. Read more in this theme exploration from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Mormon Church and Gays

    While the family is the spiritual core of Mormon life, not everyone feels welcome at the table. Read more about the church and homosexuality in this theme exploration from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Women and the Mormon Church

    In the Mormon faith, gender roles are ordained by the church. Fathers preside over the family and hold the priesthood. Mothers are primarily responsible for nurturing the children. Read about Mormon gender dynamics in this theme exploration from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Growth and Conversion

    Read an overview of how Mormonism became an international, multicultural church and some of the inherant tensions that came with such growth, in this exploration from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Prohibition Against Blacks in the Priesthood

    A look at the forces at work that culminated in lifting the ban against blacks in the priesthood in 1978, and LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley's personal account of this landmark moment, from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Great Accomodation

    Learn how, in the early 20th century, the path taken by the Latter-day Saints helped them emerge as a new face of Americanism, in this exploration from the WGBH production The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The "Mormon Problem"

    Learn about the Mormons' history of persecution in the 19th century and how it shapes their current identity, in this exploration from the WGBH production The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Smoot Hearing

    Read about the famous set of hearings over whether Mormon apostle Reed Smoot, Utah's then newly-elected senator, should be seated in the U.S. Senate, in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Mountain Meadows

    Over 150 years later, people still argue over its ghosts - who gave the order? It is the episode in history that, to this day, the Mormon Church has not fully come to terms with. Read about the Mountain Meadows Massacre in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The World Into Which Mormonism Was Born

    It was a place and a time where there was an outpouring of religious expression, where seers and prophets roamed the countryside, each claiming to possess God's truth. Read about what the world was like when Mormonism first began in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Massive Missionary Program

    Learn about different views on the mission program's role in the church, its history, and its current challenges, in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Mormon Missionaries: Personal Stories

    Read first-person accounts of how the missionary experience is often a transformational rite of passage for young Mormons in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Renunciation of Polygamy

    In 1890, under enormous pressure, prophet Wilford Woodruff issued a manifesto that he would only years later describe as a revelation, in which he accounded that the Mormon Church renounced polygamy. Learn about the renunciation of polygamy in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Polygamy's Religious Context

    Plural marriage was for more than a sexual arrangement; it tied directly to the spiritual principles and Mormon theology - like how one is saved. Read more in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Smith's Revelation on Polygamy

    Polygamy's origins are unclear. What is known is that in 1843, Joseph Smith dictated the revelation authorizing polygamy, claiming God had commanded his people to live in plural marriages and thereby progress to the highest level of heaven. Read more about polygamy's origins in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Mormon Faith: Why I am not a Mormon

    Read personal testimonies of former Mormons and their decision to leave the church, in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Mormon Faith: Why I am a Mormon

    Read personal testimonies of Mormons and their decision to practice or convert, in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Mormon Faith: Living a Mormon Life

    Read different views on how the Mormon belief system and its culture work at an emotional and spiritual level that can powerfully influence people live their lives, in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The Mormon Faith: Are Mormons Christians?

    LDS Church members have always regarded themselves as Christians, but fundamental differences exist. Read about some of the differences between Mormonism and institutional Christianity in this text from the WGBH production, The Mormons.

    Grades: 7-12

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