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Welcome to

Site Version January 2011

“Waiting for the Boat,” with Lighthouse behind Pier
Paradise Bay, St. James, Beaver Island, Lake Michigan, 1910

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You have found the true Mormon church, a small group of primitive Latter Day Saints that has been in continuous existence since 1830, but remained in the Midwest when Joseph Smith was martyred in 1844.  We support the Prophet Joseph’s written revelation appointing a successor named James Strang on June 18, 1844, just nine days before the Prophet Joseph was killed.  The Prophet James was ordained to that sole office by angels the same hour that Joseph was killed, and with witnesses later found brass records buried in a Wisconsin hill.  The closest associates to the Prophet Joseph were numbered with us, including his wife, his mother, his only surviving brother and his sisters, three of his apostles, the bishop of the whole church, the Nauvoo stake president, and the Book of Mormon witnesses.   The Prophet James was martyred in 1856 and our members have become few in number as prophesied in the scriptures.  After Brigham Young argued that the Prophet Joseph would not have a successor, a minority of members elected Brigham as their president anyway en route to Utah in1847.  That new organization grew rapidly in the West, changed dramatically, and are a modern worldwide organization today.  They no longer claim new prophecies, visions, revelations, or translations.  You should join us if you prefer the Mormons in the days of the Prophet Joseph.  Since 1830, we have had no membership requirements except faith, repentance, baptism, and confirmation.  We are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


Continuing Faith

For baptism for the remission
of sins, it is necessary only to have
faith toward God, and to repent of all sin.

To receive baptism by immersion, contact:


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Mormon Road and Hwy. 11
Burlington, Wisconsin

(800) 862-5667



One example of our
concise priesthood lineage

Prophet Joseph Smith, 1829

Ebenezer Page, 1830
(Early Mormon in N.Y., Missouri, brother of John E. Page,
Later an Apostle at Voree, Wis., and Beaver Island)

Elder Wingfield Watson, 1858
(Lived on Beaver Island)

Elder Joseph H. Hickey, 1907
(Son of L.D. Hickey who lived at Palmyra, N.Y., Nauvoo, Ill.,
Voree, Wis., and was an apostle on Beaver Island)

Elder Steve Barany, 1953
(Son-in-law of Joseph H. Hickey, died in 2010 at 95)



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The First Presidents of this Church were Joseph Smith Jr. 1830-1844, and James J. Strang 1844-1856.
The First Presidency was at Voree, Wisconsin 1844-1850, and St. James (Beaver Island), Michigan 1850-1856.