Mormonism and church organization

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Organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


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Mormon views on authoritarianism


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Latter-day Saints and independent thought

Summary: It is claimed that the Church teaches that we should not exercise independent thought. "When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done."


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Quotes related to obedience to Church leaders

Summary: This page contains a collection of quotes related to obedience to Church leaders.


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Succession among Church leadership


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Question: What are the standards for prophetic succession in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

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Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other interested parties have wondered what the standards for presidential succession are in the Church and how they were set up under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith. These standards are important to document as the perceived legitimacy of the Church as God's "only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth" (Doctrine & Covenants 1:30) can be threatened by offshoot sects of Mormonism or other Mormon Gnostics if the standards are misunderstood.


1844 Succession to Joseph Smith

Summary: There was much contention regarding who Joseph Smith's successor was supposed to be after his death.




Criticisms directed at Church leaders


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The Church changed its name twice during its history


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The location at which the Church was organized


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The office of Apostle within the ancient Church of Jesus Christ


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