Articles by Joel Hendon


Articles by Joel Hendon

"Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way" (Proverbs 23:19)

Community Of Christ

(These various cults and denominations are introduced here for the interested student to learn more concerning their various beliefs. They in no way are to be construed as teachings that I personally endorse or accept...JHH)

Almost everyone is aware that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), was founded by Joseph Smith, Jr. And many know that early in the history of the group, that Joseph and his brother Hyrum were taken from their jail cell in Carthage, Illinois, by an angry mob who killed them both.

But not too many know that, after Joseph's death, the church had much internal difficulties and dissentions and actually split into several splinter groups. The main group moved to Salt Lake City Utah with Brigham Young as their new leader and has grown into what is now the Mormon church. However, there was a group who were convinced that Joseph Smith, Jr. had specified that his son, Joseph Smith III, was to be the new president at his death.

This group established themselves in Amboy, Illinois as the Reorganized Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in 1860.They relocated to Independence Missouri in 1920.

The Smith descendents continued to succeed one another as president of the church until W. Grant Murray was ordained President in 1996. At their World Conference in 2000, the delegates changed their name to Community Of Christ.

Their doctrine is similar to those of the better known Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. And eventhough they attempt to emphasize the Bible as God's word, they also include The Book Of Mormon and the Doctrine And Covenants as inspired revelation also. Below is a link to their homesite where you will find links to full details of their history and activities.

| The Community Of Christ Official Homepage |

09/03/02 JHH

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