Mormon founder Joseph Smith Jr. celebrated at Library of Congress

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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and his second-most important legacy...

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.

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