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Why did Joseph Smith and his followers move west?

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For many years, and still today, us Mormons are being persecuted for our beliefs. Joseph Smith and his followers were being kicked out of the towns and states because of our beliefs.

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Brigham Young urged his followers to travel in small parties to the West to form a new Zion.


Joseph Smith did not lead the Mormons to Utah at all. Joseph Smith was murdered in Illinois a year before the first group set out for the west. He did prophesy that eventually they would move to the Rocky Mountains, but he never did anything to lead them there.


They moved out west to both follow directions given to Brigham Young by Joseph Smith and to avoid persecution long enough to get established and settled in an area.


Considering the West to mean west of the Mississippi River, the first organized and firm settlement in the west was accomplished by the Mormons. When there leader Joseph Smith was forced to continually move his followers west to escape religious persecution, they ended up as far west as Illinois and Missouri. The persecution was due to the fact that Smith and his followers believed in polygamy. In 1846, Smith was murdered by an angry mob in Missouri and the new leader, Brigham Young, led the Mormons to Salt Lake City Utah in 1847. This can be said to be a firm date for the beginning of the westward movement. Shortly after, gold was found in California, and the '49ers were a new group of miners that headed west in hopes of striking gold mines.


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Joseph Smith told the Church members that they would eventually have to move west to escape persecution, but was killed before they did so. Brigham Young then became the leader and lead the first group of Mormon Pioneers west.


The Mormons that didn't move west, including Joseph Smith's wife and sons, began their own church. This church was known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with Joseph Smith's son, Joseph Smith III, at it's head. That church is now known as the Community of Christ, headquartered in Independence, Missouri. The official website of the Community of Christ can be found at www.cofchrist.org


While there have been many people named Joseph Smith, the most well known from the time period Joseph Smith, the founding Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church). Joseph Smith never travelled farther west than Missouri, so he could not have discovered the California Trail.


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Joseph Smith was a prophet that led a religious group called "Mormons." The Mormons were persecuted, and forced to leave the land. The group headed west, in hope of practicing their religion in peace.


The Mormons were a religious group founded by Joseph Smith. They moved west because other religions were prosecuting them and they needed a new place where they wouldn't be bothered. They first went to Salt Lake. That is where Brigham Young said "This is the place."


Joseph Smith lead the people west from New York to Ohio to Missouri to Illinois. Brigham Young lead them west from Illinois to Utah.


God created the church and called Joseph smith to lead it but he was murdered so Brigham Young lead them to utah because God commanded it


After the Book of Mormon was found, people became angry. They martyred the Prophet Joseph Smith. Afterwards, persecution for the Mormons became worse, and they decided to move to Utah for a place to live without persecution.


Brigham Young moved the people west because the government in Illinois asked them to leave, and Joseph Smith had prophesied that they would only find peace in the Rocky Mountains. Brigham saw the Salt Lake Valley in a dream and lead the people there.


The first move was when Joseph Stalin (leader of Russia) ordered the blockage of the land route from Berlin to west Germany. (The Berlin wall.)


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.


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Because they had already been kicked out of Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois and were not welcome in many other places. Joseph Smith prophesied that they would fine peace in the Rocky Mountains, so they moved west the Great Basin in search of a place where they could practice their religion in peace.


Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called "Mormons") were forced to move west due to the extreme persecution they faced from both locals and government officials. Joseph Smith prophesied that the Saints would find peace in the Rocky Mountains, which was a mostly uninhabited area in Mexico at the time. After Joseph was murdered, the government of Illinois asked them to leave the state, so they went to the Rocky Mountains and found relative peace as Joseph had promised.


After Joseph Smith was murdered in June 1844, there was a bit of confusion among some people about who should be the next leader of the Church. A vast majority thought that it should be Brigham Young, the most senior Apostle. They moved west to Salt Lake City and today are the 'mainstream' Mormons, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Others thought that the leader should be Joseph Smith's young son, Joseph Smith III. These stayed in the midwest and are now known as the Community of Christ. Others thought Sidney Rigdon or James Strang should have been the leader. Followers of those men also formed their own groups and many of them are still in existence today.


The Mormon exodus west was impacted by both people within the Church and people outside it. The first move west, from Palmyra, New York to Kirtland, Ohio, came about because a large number of people had converted in the area of Kirtland and the Church decided to move the headquarters to where the people were. The second move, from Kirtland to Independence, Missouri came about for two reasons. The first being that Joseph Smith, whom the Church members considered a prophet, said that Zion would be built in Jackson County, Missouri. He sent some members there to establish Zion, with plans to move the entire Church membership there. Eventually, most Church members ended up leaving Kirtland due to persecution. The locals who were not members of the Church feared that the Mormons would begin to take over and influence the politics of the region, and essentially ran them out of the state. The next move, from Independence to Nauvoo, Illinois came mostly because of persecution in Missouri. Joseph Smith had been imprisioned on false charges, and Govornor Lillbourn W. Boggs issued an 'Extermination Order' to "kill all Mormons, or drive them from the state". Several homes were burned and men kidnapped by mobs, so they moved to Illinois. The next move, from Nauvoo to Salt Lake City, came because Joseph Smith had been murdered and the state of Illinois asked the Mormons to leave the state by the winter of 1846. In deciding where to go next, Brigham Young suggested they go west to the Rocky Mountains, since Joseph Smith had prophesied that the Church would eventually have to move to the Rocky Mountains to escape persecution.


Because they were being persicutedThe mormons moved west mainly because the government and mobs kept threatening them. So joesph smith got a prompting from god to move west is was a very difficult journey but they finally made it to the salt lake vally


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