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According to the church, it has over 67,000 missionaries It is the largest denomination in the Latter Day Saint movement founded by Joseph Smith during the period of religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening.
This vision would come to be regarded by the LDS Church as the most important event in human history since the resurrection of Jesus.
One significant change was the ordination of men of black African descent to the priesthood in 1978, which reversed a policy originally instituted by Brigham Young in 1852.
There are also periodic changes in the structure and organization of the church, mainly to accommodate the organization's growth and increasing international presence.
United States, decreed that "religious duty" to engage in plural marriage was not a valid defense to prosecutions for violating state laws against polygamy. Soon thereafter, church president Wilford Woodruff issued a manifesto that officially suspended the practice.
Although this manifesto did not dissolve existing plural marriages, so that families would not be split apart or damaged, no new polygamous marriages would be performed. Relations further improved after 1904, when church president Joseph F.