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 transforming into 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 outdoors 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 spiritual workforce, 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 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 wasteland, and draw us into the handfuls of skirmishes, verbal assaults, and courtroom battles among Mormons and their pals, different religions, the media, and the yank government.

Religion in American existence explores the evolution, personality, and dynamic of prepared faith in the US from 1500 to the current day. Written through extraordinary historians of faith, those books weave jointly the various tales that compose the non secular cloth of the USA, from Puritanism to replacement spiritual practices. basic resource fabric coupled with good-looking illustrations and lucid textual content make those books crucial in any exploration of America's different nature. every one e-book incorporates a chronology, feedback for extra studying, and an index.

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They descended the mountain in the dark, guided by the flickering light of campfires on Pioneer Square. There they pitched their tents, grateful for the end of the journey. More than three hundred wagon trains—ten thousand wagons in all—would bring Mormons to Utah over the next twenty-two years. Missionaries continued to convert new members, most of whom gathered in Zion. In the 1850s and 1860s thousands of converts from England and Scandinavia turned away from their home cultures and set their faces toward the west, where the Mormon church assimilated and resettled them in a whole new way of life.

This was no small achievement, since heavy snow was falling. During the spirited table conversation, the Indians stole forty horses. The wagon train finally arrived in Salt Lake Valley on October 6, 1847, after a four-month journey. They descended the mountain in the dark, guided by the flickering light of campfires on Pioneer Square. There they pitched their tents, grateful for the end of the journey. More than three hundred wagon trains—ten thousand wagons in all—would bring Mormons to Utah over the next twenty-two years.

On its next voyage, the Brooklyn brought the first miners to the California gold fields. This sailing group reached the West Coast before the overland pioneers, led by Brigham Young, left Nebraska. In the spring of 1847, the overland party's advance group of about 150 men, with three women and two children, began the trip from the Winter Quarters to Salt Lake Valley. This advance party was to choose a place to settle and plant crops. They left Elkhorn, Nebraska, on April 16 in a train with seventy-two wagons plus horses, mules, oxen, cows, dogs, and some chickens.

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