Everyone baptized into the gospel belongs to one of these 12 tribes, but what does it mean if you don't belong to the same tribe as your family?
There are two ways a person enters into the house of Israel and becomes a member of one of the 12 tribes: by literal descent or by adoption.
While free access to genealogical records seems like a very charitable offering to the world, one must ask why the LDS church invests so many resources into collecting, archiving and sharing family records.
As is usually the case with most religions, the motives are typically spiritual rather than material in nature.
Holland, excerpted from "Christ and the New Covenant" - One of the greatest prophets in the Book of Mormon goes unnamed in the record that documents his remarkable life.
For four years they awaited divine direction, but apparently they waited too casually,...
Steve Young, adapted from "QB: My Life Behind the Spiral" - In the 1990s, Steve Young rose to fame as the star quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
To test just how extensive the Mormon collection of records is, I searched for my grandmother’s name – a woman who was born in 1917 and lived in a very small Northern Maine town until her death.
In the Mormon digital archives at Family Search.org, I found a 1940 census of that town, detailing my grandmother’s marital status, birth year, name of husband, names of children and the fact that she had lived in the same house since 1935.