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Brigham Young became a leader of the Mormoms and led the religious group to settle in Salt Lake City. Utah was not yet a US State. In 1848, Utah was ceded to the USA from Mexico.


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Joseph Smith was in jail twice, each time awaiting trials which never happened. The reasons are quite complicated, but I will do my best to simplify: First, in 1838, Joseph Smith was put in the Liberty Jail in Missouri to await trail for treason. This was because some of the Mormons had attacked in the Missouri Militia in retaliation after a long dispute over voting rights. The Mormons were expelled from Missouri and Joseph Smith was presumeably allowed to escape custody. Second, in 1844, Joseph Smith was put in the Carthage Jail in Illinois to await trial for inciting a riot. This is because as governor of Nauvoo, Joseph Smith had ordered the destruction of a newspaper that was publishing libel against him and the Mormons. He was shot and killed by a mob after only a few days in the jail.

No one has taken over the Mormons. The Mormons are currently led by the latter-day prophet: Thomas S. Monson.

Joseph Smith was the founder, and he was in upstate New York at the time. Brigham Young took over after Smith's death.

Yup! There are over 16 million baptized Mormons alive today (2017).

Nothing, because Joseph Smith never went over the Rocky Mountains. He was killed in Illinois in 1844. His followers didn't go to Utah until 1847.

John Smith? Maybe you mean Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was the first modern prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (commonly called Mormons). He didn't take over from anyone, he was the first. Technically, Joseph Smith took over from the ancient apostle, Simon Peter, who was with Christ in His ministry. This is why it was Peter, along with James and John, appeared to Joseph Smith and who conferred the rights of the Melchizedek Priesthood Keys upon the head of Joseph Smith, because they passed what they then held in their own possession at Joseph's time, upon him.

Many things that people say against Mormons simply come from someone who is uninformed or has a different opinion. This does not mean that it is bad, but it is often offensive. Those who are uninformed or misinformed often say: -Mormons are polygamist (this practice was banned by the church over 120 years ago in 1890) -Mormons dont believe in the Bible (Mormons consider the King James Version of the Bible as sacred scripture and are encouraged to study it daily) -Mormons don't believe in Jesus (Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is their Savior, just like all Christians) -Mormons are cultish (Mormons live and dress and act just like most anyone else in society. They do not live on compunds, etc.) -Mormons worship Joseph Smith (Mormons believe Joseph Smith was a prophet, just like Moses or Abraham, not a god to be worshipped) -Mormons kidnap, brainwash, coerce, etc (Mormons wish everyone to make their own decisions, and define their standards by Scripture) Those who have different opinions and say things that are offensive to Mormons often say: -Mormons are not Christian (Mormons are not traditional Protestant Christians, but they do still believe in the Bible and salvation through Jesus Christ.) -Mormons are lying (Mormons honestly believe they are telling the truth) -Mormonism is a pyramid scheme (Mormons believe in paying a Tithe and in missions work to gain converts, but believe this is Biblically based and do not seek converts for monetary gain) -Mormons are unbiblical (Mormons believe that they are following the Bible very strictly, but the Bible can be interpreted differently by different people) -Mormonism is false (this is obviously just an opinion, but one that is often offensive to those who honestly believe)

Yes, Mormons traveled west over the mountains. Many died when trapped at Donner's pass

The Mormons moved to the west because they were trying to leave the United States. They had been kicked out of Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, and thought they would try their luck in what was then Mexico. Also, Joseph Smith had prophesied a few years before his death that the Church would eventually move to the Rocky Mountains. Soon after the Mormons arrived there, the United States took over the area.

The leaders of early Virginia were John Smith and John Rolfe. John Smith was the first leader, and after an accident involving gunpowder, he was killed. Later, John Rolfe took over.

Mormonism began in 1830, over 100 years after the pilgrims. Therefore the Mormons never had an opportunity to help them.

Yes, definately. There are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) in every state of the US. There are over 6 million Mormons in the United States. The state with the largest number of Mormons is Utah with 1.8 million Mormons. The state with the fewest number of Mormons is Rhode Island, with about 4,000 Mormons.

There was a little bit of a succession crisis, but the majority of members followed Brigham Young, who was the senior Apostle.

Brother Brigham Young moved the Saints west to Utah because they wanted freedom to practice their Christianity. The reason that Brigham Young was the leader is because Joseph Smith and Hyrum had both been killed by the mob. The Mormons in general were in the middle of a series of being harassed, raped, murdered, their property destroyed, stolen, etc. Whenever they appealed to the government for assistance, they were ignored. Trying to blame it on Joseph Smith or any single belief, including polygamy, is false. It was more about politics and people wanting to have their way than it was about anything else. Religion was just used as an excuse. Mormons threatened other settlers because they agreed on things and they often voted together about things, and they were independent, setting up their own newspapers and stores. They also made some poor choices when "integrating" with their neighbors, whether or not those choices were justified by past fears or not. They needed their own place so that people wouldn't keep thinking they were "taking over" whatever spot they were trying to settle in peacefully. When they got to Utah, the place God led them to was a swamp. Nobody wanted it. So, they drained it and started over. Even then it wasn't easy for them, but they finally had a place where they could exist without being harassed and killed.

No one killed Brigham Young. He died at the age of 76 after his liver ruptured. You may be confusing him with Joseph Smith. Brigham Young took over the presidency of the LDS Church after Joseph Smith was murdered. Joseph Smith was martyred by a mob (shot 4 times) while imprisoned in Liberty Jail, Missouri on unspecified charges.

The Mormon War of 1858 was not between the Mormons, but between the Mormons (living in the territory of Deseret), and the US Army, sent to bring the Mormons into subjugation over their refusal to recognize the authority of an abusive, unelected, federally-appointed governor.

The beliefs of the early Mormons were essentially the same as the beliefs of Mormons today. The way these beliefs are practiced and what beliefs are emphasized have changed over time to be more relevant with the lives of modern believers, but the doctrines remain the same. The basic beliefs of Mormons can be found at

yes they did. Think about it if Mormons didn't go to salt lake city there would be no Las Vegas

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) belong wherever they want! There are over 14 million Mormons living all over the world. There is no specific place where Mormons should live, they live wherever they choose. There is no such thing as a 'Mormon city' or a 'Mormon neighborhood'. Mormons live in regular neighborhoods just like everyone else. Check out the "Related Links" below to learn more about Mormons, what they are like and what they believe.

There are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) all over Canada. Mormons don't live in any particular place or clustered together, they live in regular homes in regular neighborhoods. Here is the breakdown of Mormons in each province: Alberta: 78,120 baptized Mormons British Columbia: 29,605 baptized Mormons Manitoba: 4,655 baptized Mormons New Brunswick: 2,930 baptized Mormons Newfoundland: 741 baptized Mormons Northwest Territories: 124 baptized Mormons Nova Scotia: 4,993 baptized Mormons Nunavut: 185,149 baptized Mormons Ontario: 46,452 baptized Mormons Prince Edward Island: 449 baptized Mormons Quebec: 11,137 baptized Mormons Saskatchewan: 5,671 baptized Mormons Yukon Territory: 272 baptized Mormons If you'd like to find and visit a Mormon congregation in Canada, check out the "Related Links" below to find the congregation closest to you.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) was founded in Upstate New York by Joseph Smith, Jr. Over the next 15 years, the church moved throughout the East and Midwest in search of religious freedom. Joseph Smith was murdered in 1844, and in 1845 the majority of Mormons began moving further west under the direction of Brigham Young. These Mormons eventually arrived in Utah and have now become a 15.5 million member worldwide denomination.

Mormons settled much of the west. Church headquarters was built in Salt Lake City, but hundreds of towns all over Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada, and California were settled by Mormons.

Joseph Smith in Palmyra, NY The term "Mormonism" is a misnomer and really should not apply. Members of the LDS church are properly referred to as "Latter Day Saints" not "Mormons" Joseph Smith was the first prophet of the present dispensation of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, but it is the Same Gospel that was taught by Jesus Christ when he was on the earth and it is the Same Gospel that was taught to Adam and Eve our first parents. It is the Church of Jesus Christ, established and presided over by Jesus Christ.

Which area? There are over 14 million Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) scattered around the world.

Early Mormons had differing opinions about the Missourians. At first they were hopeful and felt that Missouri was the place that they should settle. Then many Missourians began to be hostile toward the Mormons, which caused most Mormons to feel that the Missourians were unaccepting and intolerant. As time went on, the Missourians became violent and forced the Mormons to flee the state by an Extermination Order, which made Mormons further dislike Missourians. The Mormon Extermination Order was withdrawn in the 1970's and today there are over 60,000 Mormons living in Missouri.

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