Restoration Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
|Restoration Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints|
Restoration Church of Jesus Christ of LDS Meetinghouse in Independence, Missouri
|Classification||Latter Day Saint movement|
|Orientation||Latter Day Saints|
|Moderator||First Presidency; current president is Woodrow Howell|
|Founder||M. Norman Page and Marcus Juby|
|Separated from||Community of Christ|
The Restoration Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a denomination of the Latter Day Saint movement headquartered in Independence, Missouri. The church was formally organized on April 6, 1991 by members of Community of Christ who had grown disaffected with the church when it began ordaining women and introduced other innovations in the late-20th century.
The early history of the church was heavily influenced by M. Norman Page, a Seventy in Community of Christ who claimed to receive two revelations calling for a reorganization of the church. In 1993, Marcus Juby was named as the first president of the church, a position which he held until his resignation in 2001. Mark Evans was chosen as president shortly after Juby's resignation.
In early 2007 President Mark Evans resigned for personal reasons. His counselor in the First Presidency, Woodrow ("Woody") Howell, became acting President. Howell was elected by the April 2009 General Conference of the Restoration Church as Prophet-President of the Church in his own right, and was set apart to that office on 11 April 2009. President Howell chose Argel Gross and Andrew Gross as his two counselors.
The church currently has branches in Independence, Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boise, Idaho; Apopka, Florida; Wichita, Kansas; Richmond, Missouri; Charleston, South Carolina; La Porte, Texas; and River Oaks, Texas. According to the Church's website (as of October 24, 2012) only the two Independence-area branches (Independence and Richmond) have any contact information provided.
- The Inspired Version of the Bible, as 'translated' by Latter Day Saint movement founder Joseph Smith.
- The Book of Mormon, considered to be a record of the Nephites.
- Doctrine and Covenants up to and including Section 144 of the Community of Christ edition.
- The Restoration Revelations, authorized by the 1995 General Assembly, consists of inspired revelations presented to, and accepted by, the General Assemblies of the Church as the mind and will of God. As of April 2003, it contains 36 such documents.
The ordinance of baptism is performed by immersion for those aged 8 or older. According to Restoration Revelations 24:11-12 (published in April, 1998), only the priesthood of the Restoration Church has the authority from God to perform baptisms. All baptisms in other Latter Day Saint groups, and in all other Christian churches, are invalid and have no efficacy. "When those who were baptized outside the authority of my church seek membership, they must be rebaptized by those who have authority." (RR 24:11)
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