By John G. Turner
Brigham younger was once a rough-hewn craftsman from manhattan whose impoverished and imprecise lifestyles used to be electrified by way of the Mormon religion. He trudged round the usa and England to realize converts for Mormonism, spoke in religious tongues, married greater than fifty ladies, and finally remodeled a barren barren region into his imaginative and prescient of the dominion of God. whereas earlier debts of his existence were distorted via hagiography or polemical exposé, John Turner offers a completely learned portrait of a mammoth determine in American faith, politics, and westward expansion.
After the 1844 homicide of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, younger amassed these Latter-day Saints who could keep on with him and led them over the Rocky Mountains. In Utah, he styled himself after the patriarchs, judges, and prophets of historic Israel. As charismatic as he was once autocratic, he was once seen through his fans as an imperative protector and by way of his competitors as a theocratic, treasonous heretic.
Under his fiery tutelage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defended plural marriage, limited where of African americans in the church, fought the U.S. military in 1857, and obstructed federal efforts to prosecute perpetrators of the Mountain Meadows bloodbath. while, Young’s tenacity and religion introduced tens of millions of Mormons to the yank West, imbued their daily lives with sacred goal, and sustained his church opposed to adversity. Turner finds the complexity of this religious prophet, whose dedication made a deep imprint on his church and the yankee Mountain West.
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27 42 The Tongues of Angels When he came home that August, Young found a very different environment in Kirtland. ” Apparently the apostles’ failure to solicit funds for the Kirtland temple sparked the criticism. . ” Presumably, the apostles had not equitably shared the offerings church members gave them to support their travels. 28 Even when on good terms with Smith, the apostles could not get along with each other. Thomas Marsh, age thirty-five, was the oldest of the Twelve and generally presided over the others on that basis.
Brigham’s sister Rhoda and her husband John P. Greene were already living in the Mendon vicinity as of 1826. ” According to Phineas, the local Baptist church and its ministers “seemed to feel a great interest” in their efforts at evangelism. Leaving Oswego in late 1828, Brigham built a house and mill on his father’s Mendon land, taking advantage of a small but swift stream running through the property. A dam ran a turning lathe in his shop, which he put to use building furniture and mantelpieces.
It was a remarkable sum of money, but Smith—and his followers—remained fascinated with documents that he identified as ancient scriptures. The prophet also directed the apostles to attend Kirtland’s school, which had in previous years included a series of theological lectures by Sidney Rigdon and remedial lessons in English grammar. Smith’s interest in Hebrew reflected the strong Old Testament imprint that characterized his movement. Rather than ordain ministers and build churches, Smith ordained priests and built temples.