"Brigham Young and the Expansion of the Mormon
Faith" addresses such controversial issues as the practice of polygamy (Young himself had fifty-five wives), relations and conflicts between Mormons
and Indians, and the circumstances and aftermath of the horrific events of Mountain Meadows in 1857.
Originally a Methodist, Young joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after reading Joseph Smith's Book of Mormon
and meeting the charismatic Smith in person.
We choose to go that way - other religions are bigger than we are in terms of numbers and there is a prophecy in the book of Mormon
that says, speaking of the church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, 'The numbers will be few and they will be scarce in all the face of the earth.' We have the members of this church all over the earth.
"People who are progressive see this as a positive change, but still not where they want the church to go," said Steve Evans, a Salt Lake City-based contributor to the popular Mormon
blog "By Common Consent."
Now in the pages of "The Mormon
Handcart Migration: "Tounge nor pen can never tell the sorrow", historian and author Candy Moulton tells of their successes, travails, and tragedies in an epic retelling of a truly legendary story of the American West.
While at times Ure can seem hypercritical of the Mormon
Church, with some critiques seemingly subjective and exaggerated, he is upfront about his relationship with the religion and this book should be read bearing that in mind.
Seeing an opportunity for self-promotion, Strang proclaimed himself the rightful head of the Latter-Day Saints Movement and announced that he was the one true successor to Smith's leadership over the Mormon
There is a scarcity of scholarship or even popular criticism of A Mormon
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In March 2012, the Mormon
church, formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sent a letter to its congregations reiterating a 1995 policy that members should only do posthumous baptisms on their own ancestors and forbidding baptisms of Jewish Holocaust victims and celebrities.
practice of baptizing the dead has caused controversy before, and in 1995 the church (http://www.nytimes.com/1995/04/29/us/mormons-to-end-holocaust-victim-baptism.html) banned baptisms of victims of the Holocaust, restricting proxy baptisms to family ancestors.
"Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon
Thought: Church and Praxis", is the second volume of Professor Givens's landmark study of the foundations of Mormon
thought and practice, traces the essential contours of Mormon
practice as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present.
With this volume, academic interest in Mormon
musical culture unquestionably signals its arrival.
Michael Quinn, a scholar who was excommunicated by the LDS church in 1993 but still considers himself a Mormon
. "The leaders who have instituted this have done so without any relish.
Mormonism began as an American religion, some have called it the American religion, and as such the authors rightfully examine the link between American Mormon
beliefs and practices and American politics.