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Smith said he had been in contact with an angel Moroniwho showed him the plates' location and had been grooming him for a role as a religious leader. The church rapidly gained a following, who viewed Smith as their prophet. In Octoberhe sent his Assistant PresidentOliver Cowderyand others on a mission to the area. In the meantime, the church's headquarters remained in Kirtland from to ; and there the church built its first temple and continued to grow in membership from to 17, After Smith and other Mormons in Kirtland emigrated to Missouri inhostilities escalated into the Mormon Warculminating in adherents being expelled from the state under an Extermination Order signed by the governor of Missouri.
Joseph Smith picturedfounder of the church, and his brother Hyrum were killed in Carthage, Illinoisby a mob on June 27, After Missouri, Smith built the city of Nauvoo, Illinois as the new church headquarters, and served as the city's mayor and leader of the militia. As church leader, Smith also instituted the then-secret practice of plural marriage, and taught a form of Millennialism which he called " theodemocracy ", to be led by a Council of Fifty which, allegedly, had secretly and symbolically anointed him as king of this Millennial theodemocracy.
Relations between Mormons and residents of surrounding communities had been strained, and some of them instituted criminal charges against Smith for treason. Smith surrendered to police in the nearby Carthage, Illinoisand while in state custody, he and his brother Hyrum Smithwho was second in line to the church presidency,  were killed in a firefight with an angry mob attacking the jail on June 27, In this crisis a number of church leaders campaigned to lead the church.
Most adherents voted on August 8, to accept the argument of Brigham Young, the senior apostlethat there could be no true successor to Joseph Smith, but that the Twelve had all the required authority to lead the church, and were best suited to take on that role.
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Later, adherents bolstered their succession claims by referring to a March meeting in which Joseph committed the "keys of the kingdom" to a group of members within the Council of Fifty that included the apostles. Also shown are a portion of the route followed by the Mormon Battalion and the path followed by the handcart companies to the Mormon Trail.
Mormon pioneers and History of Utah Under the leadership of Brigham Young, Church leaders planned to leave Nauvoo, Illinois in Aprilbut amid threats from the state militia, they were forced to cross the Mississippi River in the cold of February. Included are major cities founded by LDS settlers who later abandoned the area.
Groups of converts from the United States, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere were encouraged to gather to Utah in the decades following.
Both the original Mormon migration and subsequent convert migrations resulted in much sacrifice and quite a number of deaths. Brigham Young organized a great colonization of the American West, with Mormon settlements extending from Canada to Mexico. Brigham Young's early theocratic leadership[ edit ] See also: Roberts, Comprehensive History of the Church, 3: One of the reasons the Saints had chosen the Great Basin as a settling place was that the area was at the time outside the territorial borders of the United States, which Young had blamed for failing to protect Mormons from political opposition from the states of Missouri and Illinois.
As a result, Brigham Young sent emissaries to Washington, D. Instead, Congress created the much smaller Utah Territory inand Young was appointed governor in Because of his religious position, Young exercised much more practical control over the affairs of Mormon and non-Mormon settlers than a typical territorial governor of the time.
For most of the 19th century, the LDS Church maintained an ecclesiastical court system parallel to federal courts, and required Mormons to use the system exclusively for civil matters, or face church discipline. Mangrumpp. Very little rain fell, and even the dependable mountain streams ran very low. An infestation of grasshoppers and crickets destroyed whatever crops the Mormons had managed to salvage. During the winter offlour and other basic necessities were very scarce and very costly.
Kimball wrote his son, "Dollars and cents do not count now, in these times, for they are the tightest that I have ever seen in the territory of Utah. Granta counselor in the First Presidency and a well-known conservative voice in the extended community, preached three days of fiery sermons to the people of Kaysville, Utah territory.
He called for repentance and a general recommitment to moral living and religious teachings. The zealous message spread from Kaysville to surrounding Mormon communities. Church leaders traveled around the territory, expressing their concern about signs of spiritual decay and calling for repentance.
Members were asked to seal their rededication with rebaptism. Several sermons Willard Richards and George A. Smith had given earlier in the history of the church had touched on the concept of blood atonementsuggesting that apostates could become so enveloped in sin that the voluntary shedding of their own blood might increase their chances of eternal salvation.
On 21 Septemberwhile calling for sincere repentance, Brigham Young took the idea further, and stated: I know that there are transgressors, who, if they knew themselves and the only condition upon which they can obtain forgiveness, would beg of their brethren to shed their blood, that the smoke might ascend to God as an offering to appease the wrath that is kindled against them, and that the law might have its course. Journal of Discourses 4: This belief became part of the public image of the church at the time and was pilloried in Eastern newspapers along with the practice of polygamy.
The concept was frequently criticized by many Mormons and eventually repudiated as official church doctrine by the LDS Church in However, modern critics of the church and popular writers often attribute a formal doctrine of blood atonement to the Church.
Throughout the winter special meetings were held and Mormons urged to adhere to the commandments of God and the practices and precepts of the church. Preaching placed emphasis on the practice of plural marriageadherence to the Word of Wisdomattendance at church meetings, and personal prayer.
On December 30,the entire all-Mormon territorial legislature was rebaptized for the remission of their sins, and confirmed under the hands of the Twelve Apostles. As time went on, however, the sermons became excessive and intolerant, and some verged on the hysterical. Utah War and Mountain Meadows massacre[ edit ] Inthe church was involved in an armed conflict with the U.
The settlers and the United States government battled for hegemony over the culture and government of the territory. Pratt in Arkansas, and threats of violence from the Baker-Fancher wagon train and possibly other factorsresulted in rogue Mormon settlers in southern Utah massacring a wagon train from Arkansas, known as Mountain Meadows massacre. Brigham Young's later years[ edit ] The church had attempted unsuccessfully to institute the United Order numerous times, most recently during the Mormon Reformation.
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InYoung once again attempted to establish a permanent Order, which he now called the "United Order of Enoch" in at least Mormon communities, beginning in St.
George, Utah on February 9, In Young's Order, producers would generally deed their property to the Order, and all members of the order would share the cooperative's net income, often divided into shares according to how much property was originally contributed. Sometimes, the members of the Order would receive wages for their work on the communal property.
By the time of Brigham Young's death inmost of these United Orders had failed. By the end of the 19th century, the Orders were essentially extinct.
Brigham Young died in August After the death of Brigham Young, the First Presidency was not reorganized untilwhen Young was succeeded by President John Taylorwho in the interim had served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Polygamy and the United States "Mormon question"[ edit ] Main article: Mormonism and polygamy For several decades, polygamy was preached as God 's law.
Brigham Young, the Prophet of the church at that time, had quite a few wives, as did many other church leaders. This early practice of polygamy caused conflict between church members and the wider American society.
In the Republican party referred in its platform to polygamy and slavery as the "twin relics of barbarism. The law also permitted the confiscation of church property  without compensation. This law was not enforced however, by the Lincoln administration or by Mormon-controlled territorial probate courts. Moreover, as Mormon polygamist marriages were performed in secret, it was difficult to prove when a polygamist marriage had taken place. In the meantime, Congress was preoccupied with the American Civil War.
Inafter the war, Congress passed the Poland Actwhich transferred jurisdiction over Morrill Act cases to federal prosecutors and courts, which were not controlled by Mormons. After Reynolds, Congress became even more aggressive against polygamy, and passed the Edmunds Act in The Edmunds Act prohibited not just bigamy, which remained a felony, but also bigamous cohabitation, which was prosecuted as a misdemeanor, and did not require proof an actual marriage ceremony had taken place.
The Act also vacated the Utah territorial government, created an independent committee to oversee elections to prevent Mormon influence, and disenfranchised any former or present polygamist. Further, the law allowed the government to deny civil rights to polygamists without a trial. InCongress passed the Edmunds-Tucker Actwhich allowed prosecutors to force plural wives to testify against their husbands, abolished the right of women to vote, disincorporated the church, and confiscated the church's property.
Church leadership officially ended the practice inbased on a revelation to Wilford Woodruff called the Manifesto. Prior to the Manifestochurch leaders had been in hiding, many ecclesiastical matters had been neglected,  and the church organization itself had been disincorporated. With the reduction in federal pressure afforded by the Manifesto, however, the church began to re-establish its institutions.
Post-Manifesto polygamy and the Second Manifesto[ edit ] The Manifesto did not, itself, eliminate the practice of new plural marriages, as they continued to occur clandestinely, mostly with church approval and authority. InUtah elected general authority B. Roberts, however, was denied a seat there because he was practicing polygamy. The old-fashioned date was a wonderful way to get acquainted with a member of the opposite sex. It allowed you to see how you treat others and how you are treated in a one-on-one situation.
It gave opportunities to learn how to initiate and sustain a mature relationship. None of that happens in hanging out.
It is good for young men and young women to learn to know and to appreciate one another. It is good for you to go to games and dances and picnics, to do all of the young things. We encourage our young people to date.
We encourage you to set high standards of dating. Maturity may vary from individual to individual, but we are convinced that dating should not even begin until you are And then, ideal dating is on a group basis. Steady dating is courtship, and surely the beginning of courtship ought to be delayed until you have emerged from your teens. But this very attraction becomes as a powder keg unless it is kept under control. It is beautiful when handled in the right way. It is deadly if it gets out of hand.
This rule is not designed to hurt you in any way. It is designed to help you, and it will do so if you will observe it. Studies have shown that the longer a boy and girl date one another, the more likely they are to get into trouble.
Have a wonderful time, but stay away from familiarity. Keep your hands to yourself. It may not be easy, but it is possible. In dating, treat your date with respect, and expect your date to show that same respect for you.
To kiss in casual dating is asking for trouble. What do kisses mean when given out like pretzels and robbed of sacredness? Kimball Young people should still limit the close contacts for several years, since the boy will be going on his mission when he is 19 years old. It distorts the whole picture of life.