Mormon Mor"mon, prop. n. (Eccl.) One of a Christian denomination (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in the United States, followers of Joseph Smith, who professed to have found an addition to the Bible, engraved on golden plates, called the

{Book of Mormon}, first published in 1830. The Mormons believe in polygamy, and their hierarchy of apostles, etc., has control of civil and religious matters. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: The Mormons call their religious organization The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its head claims to receive revelations of God's will, and to have certain supernatural powers. The church headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah. They form a substantial fraction of the population of Utah, and at the end of the 20th centrury their numbers were increasing due to active proselytization. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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