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Building the Kingdom : A History of Mormons in America by Claudia Lauper Bushman, Richard Lyman Bushman

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 robust, with greater than half its club coming from open air 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. Mormons in America tells the tumultuous tale of this spiritual staff, from its humble origins in small-town manhattan country in 1830 to its current heyday. Claudia and Richard Bushman introduce us to charismatic leaders like Joseph Smith and Brigham younger, cross deep at 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 barren region, and draw us into the handfuls of skirmishes, verbal assaults, and court docket battles among Mormons and their buddies, different religions, the media, and the yankee government.

Religion in American existence explores the evolution, personality, and dynamic of equipped faith in the USA from 1500 to the current day. Written through distinct historians of faith, those books weave jointly the various tales that compose the non secular textile of the U.S., from Puritanism to replacement non secular practices. fundamental resource fabric coupled with good-looking illustrations and lucid textual content make those books crucial in any exploration of America's assorted nature. each one booklet incorporates a chronology, feedback for extra interpreting, and an index.

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Hoping for help from the federal government, Joseph Smith went to the federal government in Washington in the summer of 1839 to seek redress. But President Martin Van Buren felt bound by the principle of states' rights not to interfere. Thus, with no assurance of protection from the state or federal governments, the Mormons felt they needed to control the local government themselves if there were to be any hope for peace. The Nauvoo city charter, obtained from the Illinois legislature in December 1840, provided the desired safeguards.

One woman recorded that nine women gave birth to babies on that first frozen night, across the Mississippi at Montrose, Iowa. With inadequate food and no shelter, the Saints limped across three hundred miles of Iowa territory and Indian tracts to the Missouri River. The bad February weather continued as they camped, crossed swollen streams, and buried their dead. Four months later, in mid June, the first group reached the Nebraska border. Still, they bore up bravely. William C. Clayton had left his pregnant wife Diantha in Nauvoo.

50 BUILDING THE KINGDOM, 1847-69 With ambitious plans for settling colonies north and south of Salt Lake City, Young sent out parties to explore and survey the land. They settled the valleys along the Wasatch range, where mountain water could be captured for irrigation. Next they ringed those settlements with remote colonies along important transportation routes. These included Carson Valley, Nevada, built up from 1845 to 1851; San Bernardino, California, developed in 1851; Las Vegas, Nevada, and Moab, in southeastern Utah, in 1855; Fort Supply and Fort Bridger, Wyoming, in 1853 and 1856; and Lemhi, in northern Idaho, in 1855.

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