The CNN Belief Blog thinks that since there are two presidential candidates who are Mormon that they would give you ten facts about their faith.
Here’s the full list, but below are some highlights.
2. Mormons consider themselves Christian but their beliefs and practices differ from traditional Christianity in key ways, including belief in sacred texts outside the Bible and practices like posthumous proxy baptism and wearing special undergarments.
3. There are about 14 million Mormons today, which more than half living outside the United States.
4. The Mormon religion was founded in upstate New York in 1830, when Joseph Smith published a translation of writings he said he found and translated from Egyptian-style hieroglyphics into English. That’s the Book of Mormon, which believers say consists of writings produced by ancient American civilizations.
6. Early Mormons faced intense persecution, so church headquarters relocated from New York to Missouri to Illinois in rapid succession. Joseph Smith was killed by a mob in Illinois. His successor, Brigham Young, led early Mormons to the Great Salt Lake in what’s now Utah, where church headquarters remains.