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Mormons in utah

Mormons in Utah

I intend to prove that the Mormon religion, which began to rise in both

reputation and numbers in Utah, is a strange mixer of Christianity, American

pragmatism, millennialist expectations, economic experimentation, political

conservation, evangelical fervor and international activity, but is still a highly

followed, rapidly growing, and successful religion.

Mormonism is a major modern religion with more than 8 million

members, and over 4 million in the United States. Mormonism was founded

in 1830 by Joseph Smith who was known as the prophet. This is a young age

for such a widely practiced religion, and its numbers grow daily.

Mormonism is officially the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day

Saints. Its founding doctrine is based on the assumption that Christianity was

too corrupt and ungodly, and that restoring true Christian values was

necessary. A revelation like this may only come through God who needs to

put the true, pure forms of Christianity in a divine authority.

The Mormons, who follow four books including The Bible, The Book

of Mormon, Doctrine of Covenants, and Pearl of a Great Price do believe

that all religions have some amount of truth to them and do good in one form

or another, but it is only their religion that is " the only true and living church

upon Earth".

In 1820 , Mormonism was founded by a teenage Joseph Smith during

the 19th century United States religious movement known as the "Second

Great Awakening". On April 6, 1830, The Book of Mormon was completed

and a new religion was born.

Mormonism attracted many people and the firs official home of the

Mormons was in Fayette, New York. In 1831, the Mormons moved to

Kirtland, Ohio, now known as Kirtland Hills. Other Mormon areas were

being established, especially in Mississippi. Newly proclaimed Mormons

were rushing to their new religious grounds, mainly in norttheastern Ohio and

western Mississippi.

Although the Mormons were thrilled with their "perfect" religion, there

were many problems where they had established themselves. The people who

were already present in strongly populated Mormon areas began to get upset

and act very hostile. Threats were made, and the Mormons became very

scared-scared enough to move. So they did. The Mormons reestablished

themselves somewhere along the Mississippi River at a place known as

Commerce, Illinois. They Mormons were granted permission by Chicago to

latter rename their property as Nauvoo. The Mormons still were not wanted.

The people living around the Mormons became worried about their local

economy and the affects the block voting done by the Mormons would have.

The Mormons were allowed to set up their own army to protect themselves.

Soon, rumors of monarchical powers and the practice of polygamy began

floating around. This enraged locals even more and the federal government

sent armies into Mormon territory to see if they could dispel any of these

rumors. This only caused more of an upset. In 1844, Joseph Mormon and his

younger brother were placed into a prison in Illinois on charges of treason

and conspiracy. After they were released they were promised protection by

the government, but this was not the case because shortly after their release,

they were assassinated.

The leadership of the Mormons fell onto the shoulders of a group of

men known as the 12 Apostles. The 12 Apostles, knowing they couldn't stay

in Illinois, decided they had to move. Brigham Young, who took over as

prophet and president of the Mormon group, decided to move the Mormons

in 1847. They moved from Illinois to Great Basin in the rocky Mountains in

Utah. salt Lake City was set up as the main Mormon city of worship, and

soon over 300 other cities of worship sprouted up nearby. The Mormon

religious territories spread from California to Colorado, and from Mexico to


In their new land, the Mormons thought they were safe, and 10% -20%

openly practiced polygamy. The rumors about this had proved to be true and

the government sent in an army to stop this form of worship. This propelled

the supposed Utah War that lasted from 1857 to 1858.

The Mormons went through battle after battle of judicial trials. Finally,

in 1890, the church president at that time, Wilford Woodruff, publicly ended

all Mormon polygamy. The Mormons finally were left alone and their little

city in Utah created thousands more cities like it.

The contemporary Mormon church still has many problems, and while

it is seen as a conservative Christian church, their ideas about God's nature

and salvation greatly differ from other Christian religions. However, the

Mormons have constantly proved they believe their religion is worth fighting


In this report, I have proven the Mormons are an odd mixture of

Christianity, American pragmatism, millennialist expectations, economic

experimentation, political conservation, evangelical fervor, and international

activity, and continue to grow because they are a highly followed rapidly

growing, successful religion.

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