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They called it Zion. Then when they found out, in order for Utah to become a state, that they would have to separate schools, stores, and public places from religion.
The biggest problems the Mormon Pioneers faced when first arriving in what is now Salt Lake City was lack of water and building materials. These problems were soon solved by t…he building of irrigation canals from mountain streams. These canals, many of which are still in use today, carried water to the cities to be used for drinking and irrigating crops. Many pioneers built the first homes from mud-bricks and adobe, as trees were scarce. Logging in the mountains brought some log and lumber structures, although since nails were extremely rare, most of these were tied together with leather straps and cemented with mud. Granite and other stones were used to construct the most permanent buildings, such as the Salt Lake Temple, which is still used today. The pioneers were very organized, hardworking, and industrious. These qualities all contributed to their success in suviving and thriving in Salt Lake City.
The first group of Mormon pioneers arrived in Salt Lake City in late July, 1847. Pioneers and convert immigrants continued to settle in Salt Lake City and surrounding cities u…ntil the early 1900's, when the Church began to encourage it's members to stay in their homelands and build up the Church there.
The Mormon pioneers actually chose to settle in Ohio. When they were kicked out due to persecution, they chose Missouri. When they were kicked out of there due to an extermina…tion order by the governor, they chose Illinois. When the Illinois governor asked them to leave, Joseph Smith told them they would finally find freedom to worship in the Rocky Mountains, where there was nobody to persecute them or kick them out. After Joseph's murder, Brigham Young lead a group of Church members to find their Rocky Mountain refuge. Brigham supposedly saw the valley and the temple that would be built there in a dream. After coming over a ridge and seeing the Salt Lake Valley, he said "This is the right place, drive on!". Salt Lake City has been the headquarters of the Church since that time.
The Mormons were settled in Nauvoo, Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi river. They were then forced to leave in 1846, essentially the then United States and travel to wh…at is now Utah. Brigham Young, the prophet at the time, led them there, as he saw in a vision the place where they were to go and flourish, as they did in Utah. They reached the Salt Lake valley in 1847.
The first group of Mormons to arrive in Salt Lake City came in July 1847. Subsequent groups came later. Church members were encouraged to leave their hometowns and move to Sal…t Lake City until about 1900, when they were encouraged to stay where they were and build up the Church in their area.
In the winter of 1845-1846, the saints began their preparation to migrate to the West in search of a "New Zion." In the Spring of 1846, they began their large migration and ar…rived in Salt Lake City in 1847.
The Mormon pioneers originally named it Great Salt Lake City, but shortened it to Salt Lake City because the name was so long.
Well, technically, they never found Salt Lake City. They found a large empty valley and built Salt Lake City. They arrived there in July 1847.
The latter day saints, or mormons, moved to Salt Lake City because the were being persecuted in every other state. The moved to somewhere that no one else wanted to be so the …could practice their religion.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the "Mormon" church) does not release membership statistics for anything smaller than a state, so we can't know fo sure. Salt L…ake City is actually quite a diverse, liberal city. Having lived here for over 20 years, I would say about 20-30% of people living inside Salt Lake City boundaries are active, practicing Mormons. A larger number were baptized as children but don't practice the religion today. Most Mormons live in the more family-friendly suburbs surrounding the city. The Salt Lake City Metropolitan area (which includes the surrounding suburbs and smaller cities like Provo and Ogden) is about 70% practicing Mormons - some areas have fewer Mormons (20% or so) and others have more (80-90%), depending on the neighborhood.
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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed Mormons) suffered severe religious persecution and mob attacks in every American community in which they …settled. Eventually they travelled to Intermountain West, where they put down roots far away from their persecuters in the settled parts of the United States.
In short, the purpose of emmigrating was to find a safe place topractice their religion. The Latter-day Saints (Mormons) weresubject to a great deal of persecution, and even m…ob attacks andmurders, wherever they settled -- initially in New York, then Ohio,Missouri, and Illinois. The governor of Missouri even issued anextermination order authorizing the murder of Mormons in the state. After the murder of their prophet and president in 1844, theMormons emigrated along the Mormon Trail to the valley of the GreatSalt Lake, which was mostly uninhabited by anyone, and began tosettle the territory there.
The first Mormons arrived to settle in the Great Salt Lake on July 24, 1847.
The Mormons moved to what is now Utah because they had been kicked out of New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois due to their religious beliefs. In each of these places they f…aced severe persecution, and they were in search of a place where they could practice their religion in peace.