Last updated on: 2/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regards the question of whether and in what circumstances the state should impose capital punishment as a matter to be decided solely by the prescribed processes of civil law. We neither promote nor oppose capital punishment.”

“Public Issues,” www.lds.org (accessed July 25, 2008)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Joseph Smith, the first president of the Church, organized the new religion on 6 April 1830 in Fayette Township, New York…

Latter-day Saints believe that God still speaks to humankind, that He has called new apostles and prophets and that revelation flows today as it did anciently…

The Church of Jesus Christ has no full-time professional clergy at the congregational level…

[A]bstinence from alcohol is expected to be total, as is the abstinence from tobacco, tea and coffee. “

“Core Beliefs,” newsroom.lds.org (accessed July 28, 2008)

Mission:

“More than 50,000 missionaries are serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at any one time. Most are young people under the age of 25, serving in nearly 350 missions throughout the world…

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides relief and development projects for humanitarian purposes in countries all over the world. Projects operate without regard to the nationality or religion of the recipients.”

“Missionary Program,” and “Humanitarian Services,” newsroom.lds.org (accessed July 28, 2008)

Other:
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  1. Does Christianity Support the Death Penalty?