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By Claudia Lauper Bushman, Richard Lyman Bushman

Mormonism is without doubt one of the world's quickest turning out to be religions, doubling its club each 15 years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal denomination of the Mormon church) is now 10 million powerful, with greater than half its club coming from outdoor the us. greater than 88 million copies of The ebook of Mormon were revealed, and it's been translated into greater than 50 languages. Mormons in America tells the tumultuous tale of this non secular staff, from its humble origins in small-town big apple nation in 1830 to its current heyday. Claudia and Richard Bushman introduce us to charismatic leaders like Joseph Smith and Brigham younger, move deep in the back of Mormon rites and traditions, take us alongside the adventurous path of the Mormon pioneers into the West, evoke the momentous erection of Salt Lake urban within the desolate tract, and draw us into the handfuls of skirmishes, verbal assaults, and courtroom battles among Mormons and their pals, different religions, the media, and the yankee government.

Religion in American lifestyles explores the evolution, personality, and dynamic of equipped faith in the USA from 1500 to the current day. Written by way of distinctive historians of faith, those books weave jointly the various tales that compose the non secular textile of the us, from Puritanism to substitute spiritual practices. fundamental resource fabric coupled with good-looking illustrations and lucid textual content make those books crucial in any exploration of America's different nature. each one booklet encompasses a chronology, feedback for additional analyzing, and an index.

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Building the Kingdom : A History of Mormons in America

Mormonism is likely one of the world's quickest becoming religions, doubling its club each 15 years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal denomination of the Mormon church) is now 10 million powerful, with greater than 1/2 its club coming from outdoor the U.S.. greater than 88 million copies of The publication of Mormon were published, and it's been translated into greater than 50 languages.

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The converts typically left home in January and February, hoping to reach Utah before the next winter's snowfall. Some companies chartered ships to cross the Atlantic, with agents managing the migration and guiding the travelers at transfer points. " The Mormons traveled by ship to New Orleans, then seven hundred miles up the Mississippi and five hundred more up the Missouri to either Kanesville or Florence, Nebraska. 43 MORMONS IN AMERICA Alternatively, they might go by train to Iowa City and then Omaha.

S. citizens would not trouble them. He crossed the Mississippi River to Iowa, but not for long. When he heard that the Saints thought he was deserting them he returned and gave himself up. After his arrest, Joseph Smith was taken to the county seat at Carthage, a few miles from Nauvoo. There he and a few friends were imprisoned, as much for safekeeping as to keep him confined. The Illinois governor, realizing that a riot was brewing, came to Carthage and personally assured Smith of his safety. Then the governor left for Nauvoo to quiet the Saints and confiscate their arms.

Young proposed that the Twelve Aposdes had received their authority from Smith to lead the church and it was they who should take charge, acting as a body. That same day and afterward, others made rival claims. Sidney Rigdon, long closely associated with Smith, thought he should assume the leadership. William Smith, a brother of Joseph, felt the right was his. Each of these attracted 34 NAUVOO, 1838-46 some followers, but the majority of the church accepted Brigham Young. Beyond Nauvoo, many Mormons held back their support, though, and when the majority of the Mormons later went west to Utah, these scattered Saints remained behind.

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