What would you like to do?

Why did the Mormons locate in Great Salt Lake?

already exists.

Would you like to merge this question into it?

already exists as an alternate of this question.

Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

exists and is an alternate of .

Because nobody else wanted to live there. There was very little useable water and even less lumber. The climate was dry, extremely hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. On top of all that, the lake made it smell horrible! Explorers and Mountain Men of the day claimed that the land was uninhabitable and believed it could never be used to grow crops.
They wanted to be free from persecution so they moved to a place that they knew nobody else wanted.

When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon religion) settled in Independence Missouri, their numbers started to outnumber non-mormon settlers. The governor of Missouri, Lilburn Boggs ordered an "extermination order" on the Mormons. The Order lead to the Haun's Mill massacre in which 240 men attacked the town. several Mormons who were wounded surrendured but were still shot to death. In the end, at least seventeen Mormons were killed with thirteen more injured. three of the 250 men who attacked were wounded (but not fatally). The Mormons were forced out of Missouri and went to Nauvoo Illinios. Soon, the Mormon population grew to a large number there too. In Nauvoo Illinois, the prophet Joesph Smith was arrested under false accusations and taken to Carthage Jail in Illinois. On June 27, 1844, a mob stormed the jail. Joesph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith were killed. In October 1844, the town of Warsaw announce a "wolf hunt" (Mormons being the wolves to hunt). The Mormon leaders made a truce and the city of Nauvoo emptied of Mormon in 1446. In 1848, the Mormon temple was destroyed by arsonists. The new Mormon prophet had received revelation that Joesph Smith received from God that showed the valley of Salt Lake. So the Mormons moved West until they reached Salt Lake, although some did go to California.

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_did_Mormons_emigrate_to_the_area_between_the_rocky_mountains_and_great_salt_lake#ixzz1auuzO3EM
3 people found this useful
Thanks for the feedback!

Who blazed the Mormon Trail to the Great Salt Lake?

Mormon pioneers. Brigham Young led the caravan of Mormons across the Midwest into the Salt Lake Valley

Where is the great salt lake located?

"The Great Salt Lake is located in Utah. Great Salt Lake is one of the most asked-about tourist destinations in Utah. A remnant of the massive ancient Lake Bonneville, the lak

Who led the Mormons to the Great Salt Lake?

Brigham Young was the Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Later Day Saints by the time the Mormon migration reached Utah.   Prior to Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, o

Why did the Mormons go west to settle at the great salt lake?

The Mormon pioneers moved west because they had been kicked out of every other state they had attempted to settle in, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. At the time, the area aroun

Who led the Mormons to the area around the great salt lakes?

Well, Brigham Young was the leader of the church at the time and physically lead the people to the area, but many Mormons would answer that God lead them, because they believe

What is the name of the Mormon cathedral in the Great Salt Lake?

The Great Salt Lake is a lake - there are no buildings in it, because it's a lake, and people typically don't build buildings underwater. Also, Mormons (members of the Church

Why did the Mormons settle near the Great Salt Lake?

While escaping religious persecution, they found a large, arable valley with a steady water supply. Plus, the local natives did not kill them on sight.

What did the mormons call their settlement on the Great Salt Lake?

They didn't really make a settlement on the Great Salt Lake, as there is swampy marshland surrounding the lake for several miles. The first city they settled in the area was

Why did the Mormons establish their church in the desert by the Great Salt Lake?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon"church) was founded in New York state in 1830, and churchheadquarters quickly moved to Ohio, then to Missouri and