As you might imagine, fundamentalist Christians and the LDS Church haven’t had the best history together. Smith and his followers were persecuted heavily during the early years of the church, including being chased out of several towns in the midwest before settling in Utah.
Smith himself was also under constant life threats and even died when one of those threats turned into actions while awaiting trial. Since he was running for president of the United States at the time, he is also the first presidential candidate to suffer such a fate. It took moving to the untamed wilderness of Utah and Salt Lake City for the LDS Church to find safety.
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.
Mormon? LDS? The Church? What's Their Favorite?
There are a number of names for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The one that everyone knows them by, of course, is “the Mormons,” but they don't prefer that title. They prefer the full name of the church, LDS, or LDS Church for short.
The reason for this is that Mormonism is a larger theology as a whole, and there are a number of off-shoot groups such as Mormon fundamentalism and other groups. There is also the fact that people who identify with the culture but not the theology call themselves “cultural Mormons,” which further dilutes the term.
When Baptists Attack
The animosity between these two sects of Christianity — though many on the traditional side of things wouldn't call the LDS Church Christians due to differences in doctrine — has continued to the current era. A big clash came in the nineties when the Southern Baptist Church held its annual convention in Salt Lake City, with the stated goal of converting some of the Mormons there.
Of course, the LDS Church wasn't happy about such a tactic. Three thousand baptist volunteers went on a door-to-door missionary effort with the evangelical message. While conversations remained cordial, events at the SBC took numerous jabs at the LDS Church.
Provide Bodies for Spirits
It is common to think that the LDS Church adherents are encouraged to have as many children as possible. Supposedly, it's because they believe every person on Earth lived a previous “spirit life” before being born into their earthly body — a belief not too distant from traditional Christianity.
LDS thus believes it is the duty of a married couple to have as many children as possible in order to provide earthly bodies for the spirits that have not yet made it to Earth. It comes with the added benefit of growing the faith. In reality, however, Mormon couples have the liberty of choosing how many children they want to have.