Who was responsible for leading the Mormon exodus to the colony of new zion the shore of the great salt lake?

Brigham Young was the religious leader of the Mormons at the time, who regarded him as a prophet receiving direct instruction from God. However, they called the place surrounding Salt Lake City "Deseret", as the Mormons at that time believed that an area near Kansas City, Missouri had been designated as the place where "Zion, the New Jerusalem" would be built. Downtown Salt Lake City is about 20 miles from the nearest shoreline of the Great Salt Lake. (The lake is quite marshy and smelly, you wouldn't want to live closer!)