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The Missouri Mormon Experience by Thomas M. Spencer

By Thomas M. Spencer

The Mormon presence in nineteenth-century Missouri was once uneasy at top and now and then flared into violence fed via false impression and suspicion. through the tip of 1838, blood used to be shed, and Governor Lilburn Boggs ordered that Mormons have been to be “exterminated or pushed from the state.”
            The Missouri persecutions vastly formed Mormon religion and tradition; this ebook reexamines Mormon-Missourian background in the sociocultural context of its time. The participants to this quantity unearth the demanding situations and assumptions on either side of the clash, in addition to the cultural luggage that dictated how their activities and responses performed on one another.
            almost immediately after Joseph Smith proclaimed Jackson County the positioning of the “New Jerusalem,” Mormon settlers started relocating to western Missouri, and by way of 1833 they made up a 3rd of the county’s inhabitants. Mormons and Missourians didn't combine good. the recent settlers have been relocated to Caldwell County, yet tensions nonetheless escalated, resulting in the three-month “Mormon conflict” in 1838—capped by way of the Haun’s Mill bloodbath, now a seminal occasion in Mormon heritage.
            those 9 essays clarify why Missouri had a big position within the theology of 1830s Mormonism and was once expected because the website of a grand temple. The essays additionally examine interpretations of the bloodbath, the reaction of Columbia’s extra reasonable electorate to imprisoned church leaders (suggesting that the clash might have been shunned if Smith had as a substitute selected Columbia as his new Zion), and Mormon migration throughout the kingdom over the thirty years following their expulsion.
            even though few Missourians this present day are conscious of this heritage, many Mormons remain suspicious of the nation regardless of the eventual rescinding of Governor Boggs’s order. by means of depicting the Missouri-Mormon clash because the results of a very unstable combination of cultural and social motives, this booklet takes a step towards figuring out the motivations in the back of the clash and sheds new mild at the country of spiritual tolerance in frontier the USA.

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The Mormon presence in nineteenth-century Missouri used to be uneasy at most sensible and now and then flared into violence fed by way of false impression and suspicion. by means of the top of 1838, blood was once shed, and Governor Lilburn Boggs ordered that Mormons have been to be “exterminated or pushed from the nation. ”             The Missouri persecutions significantly formed Mormon religion and tradition; this booklet reexamines Mormon-Missourian historical past in the sociocultural context of its time.

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Winn The Mormon Church’s sojourn in northwestern Missouri in the 1830s is an interesting story but not a happy one. It reflects poorly at one point or another on virtually all of the actors involved. Yet despite its troubles in Missouri, Mormonism has since become America’s most successful indigenous religion. As of May 2007, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claimed nearly thirteen million adherents worldwide. Its smaller sibling, the Community of Christ, which has its headquarters in Independence, Missouri, claims an additional quarter of a million.

In juxtaposition to the overtly public persona of Zion’s Camp, he chose to employ a more gradual “gathering” process. W. W. Phelps fanned members’ excitement about an early re-gathering to Zion in optimistic letters written back to Kirtland and printed in the official LDS newspaper, the Messenger and Advocate. 9 The intention was to instill in LDS members a desire to relocate to Missouri and be as close to Jackson County as possible. 10 Smith understood the importance of setting his scattered Missouri church in order and preparing for a second military attempt to reoccupy Zion.

Romig and Michae l S. Rig g s In the aftermath of the 1833 expulsion from Zion and for the remainder of the decade, it became Joseph Smith’s prophetic preoccupation to restore his Missouri followers to their temporal properties and spiritual inheritance. Much attention has focused on Smith’s first attempt called “Zion’s Camp” to redeem properties he had prophetically designated as “promised lands” his followers were divinely entitled to inherit in Jackson County, Missouri. In 1834, Smith’s prophecy was refuted, however, when the armed company he commanded was unable to fulfill their mission to restore to the Mormons their confiscated properties.

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