Mormons: members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who accept a doctrine of truth and code of ethics based upon the teachings of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the writings and teachings of the church's founders.
The Mormons were the most important of the religious communes founded in the early nineteenth century. Joseph Smith founded the religion in western New York in the 1820s based on the revelations in a sacred book he called the Book of Mormons. Mormons were resented because of their unorthodox religious views and exclusivism. They finally located near Great Salt Lake (Utah) in the 1840s where they have flourished ever since.