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The Latter-Day Saints (of the last days) are called Mormons because Joseph Smith wrote a book that claims Jesus after death spoke to a man named Mormon and his son Moroni. Smith was killed in 1844 and in 1847, Brigham Young led a group of Mormons from Missouri to Utah.

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