Mormon founder Joseph Smith Jr. celebrated at Library of Congress

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Kathleen writes "The Library of Congress joined BYU to celebrate the legacy of Mormon founder, Joseph Smith Jr.
Most scholars agree that perhaps Smith's most important legacy - and one of the main historical flashpoints between Mormons and non-Mormons - is that he added a new volume to the canon, the collection of books generally accepted as religious scripture.
The conference is part of a yearlong celebration by the church of the bicentennial of Joseph Smith's birth in December 1805 in Vermont.
By December 2005, the public should get its first glimpse of a 12-volume publication of Joseph Smith's papers, diaries and personal writings, all part of the Joseph Smith Papers Project that has been endorsed by the National Archives."

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Creating a modern practice of Vicarious Baptism (very few religious groups since the early Christian church in Corinth have ever practiced such a ritual).


The contribution I really mean is not the actual baptismal practice, but the logistical infrastructure necessary to support it on such a scale. Namely, one of the largest sources of genealogical data in the world.