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What is the history of the Mormon religion?


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Answered 2010-09-13 09:36:47
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The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints (commonly called the "Mormon" church) was organized in 1830 by Joseph Smith. The Mormons later moved to the Midwest, where they often made their neighbors uncomfortable. Their dogma and rhetoric threatened many of their neighbors, and the Mormons found themselves unwelcome in places like Independence, MO and Nauvoo, IL. Smith was assassinated by some bigoted people, and the Mormons left Nauvoo and moved to Utah where they hoped for religious freedom.

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The above is true but failed to adequately convey the extent of the persecution the Mormons endured. They were mobbed, murdered, chased out of cities, etc. There were actually official government extermination orders in some areas, making it lawful to chase Mormons out of the city. The New York Times article cited below provides a very good synopsis. It was written by the estimable Noah Feldman, who is a law professor at Harvard University and adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He writes frequently on religion and public life.

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Joseph Smith was a prophet and was called to restore the gospel on earth. He converted many people into the church. Thousands of people were converted. Now days, there are millions and millions of people that are Mormons.

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