Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, also known as Mormons) has transformed from a small, persecuted sect into a denomination with over 13 million members worldwide. Almost half of the community currently resides in the United States. The LDS church is known for its emphasis on strong marriages and families as well as abstinence from alcohol and caffeine. The denomination frequently operates global humanitarian programs, often relying on volunteers with relevant expertise to conduct its health-related initiatives. LDS has chosen to develop ecumenical and interfaith relationships that address humanitarian issues and social concerns but has insisted on maintaining its theological autonomy; given the unwillingness of many orthodox Christians to acknowledge Mormons as coreligionists, this is unlikely to change in the near future.