Like many other sects of Christianity, baptism is a big part of the Mormon faith. However, they have a little bit of extra detail there in that they believe in posthumous baptism.
They believe that if someone is not baptized in the Mormon church during their lifetime, they will go to a Spirit Prison, where they learn the Mormon gospel until a living person is baptized on their behalf. Although out of respect, they do not baptize people with a sensitive history or political standing.
Special Programs for Mormons
For a number of reasons, Mormons are recruited more often into groups such as the CIA and the FBI than the rest of America's demographics. The main reason is that their strict sense of morals, as well as their abstinence from potentially harmful substances, makes them ideal candidates for careers in law enforcement.
In order to help reach the LDS community, these groups have set up special Mormon recruitment programs to help bolster their numbers. There have even been some FBI agents who have also acted as Mormon bishops.
Where Is the Seat of Power?
Everybody seems to think that Utah is the center of the Mormon world, and with sixty-eight percent of the state's population as part of the religion, it's no surprise. However, the seat of power is actually Missouri.
Joseph Smith stated that the righteous would come together in Independence, Missouri, during the second coming of Jesus Christ. They even believe that the Garden of Eden is in Missouri. Unfortunately, the residents of Missouri weren't happy about all these revelations, and a majority of the LDS Church packed up and moved to Utah.
One for One
One of the most well-known things about Mormons is their adherence to polygamy, but that is actually not true. While polygamy was accepted during the early years of the church (Joseph Smith himself was thought to have over forty different wives), the LDS Church banned the practice in the late eighteen hundreds.
In fact, even during Smith's life, members of the church spoke out against the practice. There are still some fundamentalist groups of the LDS movement that continue to practice polygamy, but the mainstream LDS church states it clearly — one man and one woman.
They're Expected to Tithe
If you're familiar at all with Christianity, you're probably familiar with the practice of tithing — giving a percentage of the money you earn to your church. It keeps the church functioning, provides a salary to employees, and allows the church to do good works. Mormons do the same thing, with a twist.
Followers of the faith are required to give one-tenth of their annual income to the church as it is one of the commandments given to them by God. Thanks to this practice, the Mormon church reportedly receives something in the realm of five billion dollars in tithing money every year.