The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) was founded on the 6th of April 1830 in Fayette, New York. Joseph Smith is considered to be the 'founder' of the church, and is revered as a modern day Prophet of this dispensation.
Joseph Smith was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ as two separate incarnate beings, thus making the LDS faith unique from the trinitarian belief. Mormons thus believe in three ontologically distinct and separate beings: God the Father, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Joseph Smith also introduced new scripture through the translation of ancient holy writ given to him by an angel, and translated "by the gift and power of God". The resulting Book of Mormon is the source of the common name for members of the church, "Mormons".
Latter-day Saints believe in continuing revelation, which includes the revelations given to Joseph Smith as well as to his successors in the office of the presidency of the church. A collection of these revelations is published in the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price, both of which are also considered to be canonized scripture.
Mormons also believe in modern-day prophets, and apostles. There are currently 12 apostles organized together with a Prophet/President and his two counselors, who regularly communicate with the general membership of the church in messages which are also considered modern day revelation and inspired counsel.
LDS beliefs have a distinctive emphasis on the family unit as the basic organizational structure of the church and kingdom of heaven, and on the requirement that the individual disciple seek personal revelation from the Holy Ghost.