The Mormons

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  • The Mormons
    • The Five P's
      • Polygamy-  when a man could marry more than one women.
        • Polygamy was seen as scandalous by non-mormons, it was nearly as bad as slavery.
      • Proselytisation - when Mormons had to try and convert others to become Mormons.
        • Their efforts to covert others raised fears of rapid expansion and it annoyed others.
      • Politics - Church leaders should seek and be given political power over Mormons and others.
        • Political aspirations threatened other non-mormons with religiously inspired legislation.
      • Property - the church held the property. no individual had the rights to ownership.
        • Working as a community made them very wealthy.
      • People of God - obidence would make the Mormons God's chosen people in Heaven and on Earth.
        • They seemed arrogant as they were the 'chosen ones'.
    • How it all began?
      • They were led by Joseph Smith who claimed to have seen a vision of an angel called Moroni in 1823
      • Moroni told Smith to find some gold plates hidden on a hillside. The translations were published in the book of Mormons in 1830.
    • On the Move
      • Kirtland - 1831 - 1837
        • Joseph Smith was tarred and feathered in 1832.
        • There first temple was built there in 1833.
        • They worked hard and owned many public places, there was then an economic crisis in 1837/
        • This caused all the non-mormons, who had put their money in the bank of the Mormons, to lose their money.
        • Due to this they were chased out as the non-mormons were looking for people to blame.
      • Missouri 1837 - 1838
        • Missouri tried to stop the mormons from voting in elections, so the local settlers rioted and destroyed both mormon and non-mormon property.
        • The Mormons were held responsible, so they were imprisoned and condemned to death.
        • Rumours spread sying that they were stirring up the Indians and freeing slaves, the govenor said they would be driven from the state if needed.
        • The 'anti-salvery'  stance annoyed slave oweners.
        • As they didn't take part in teir midnight reveals, parties, horse racing and gambling, this caused some of these events to occur.
      • Nauvoo, Illinois    1839 - 1846
        • 35,000 mormons at this point
        • Joseph Smith had a revelation from God saying that they should practice Polygamy - 1844
        • Some mormons said he was a false prophet.
        • As they kept themselves to themselves the people in Illinois didn't like them.
        • Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were arrested for destroying the printing press. Later the Jail was attacked by non-mormons who killed both.
          • They could have defended Nauvoo but their new leader had different ideas.
            • Some Mormons then left but 15,000 remained under Brigham Young's Command.
      • Palmyra , New York 1830
        • Joseph Smith was 14 years old.
        • There were dozens of preachers and he didn't know which to believe so he prayed for guidance.
        • (How it all began section then occured)
        • In 1830 he increased the number of Mormons.
        • They were unpopular here because people thought he was a fraud and out to make money for himeself.
        • They attacked Smith's house and his followers were shot at in the street. He prayed and then they moved to Kirtland.
    • Brigham Young
      • Deals with the US government
        • By moving to the West, they couldn't be controlled by the US government as it was owned by Mexico.
        • 1846 - They agreed for the Mormons to leave in exchange of not being prosecuted.
        • They applied to join the US states, they called it Honeybee, but they were rejected, therefore, they comprimised so the territory of Utah was appointed.
      • Perpetual Emigrating Fund
        • They sent missionaries to europe, Far East and south America to convert people to the Mormon religion.
        • They appealed mostly to the poor, in England alone 32,894 people were ready to depart by the end of 1851.
        • The fund was set up to help send these people over to Salt Lake, they were given money which they paid back once they were in Utah.
        • They organised the trip themselves.
        • In 1855, 4,225 converts reached Utah.
      • Good Leadership
        • Before and on the Journey
          • Brigham Young explained to everyone what would happen.
          • They built rest camps for the following Mormons.
          • Some stayed and grew crops which would allow the following Mormons to have food.
          • 1847 - 'Pioneer Band' was created to make the journey easier for others. It consisted of 143 people.
        • At Great Salt Lake
          • Brigham Young had total control of the community whcih made it easier to set up cities - it would stop quarelling over food, water and land.
          • They believed he was led by God and they wouldn't question his decisions.
      • Good organisation
        • Before and on the Journey
          • They organised every last detail to who would be on each wagon train and the leaders of each train.
          • They set up different stations ad homes on the way.
          • 100 wagons on a train.
          • 700 died on the way but if it wasn't organised as well as it was there would have been a lot more deaths.
        • At Great Salt Lake
          • No-one owned the land or water.
          • The farming land was organised into tiers and laid out around the lake.

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