Paperback ISBN: 0674416856
Provides a comprehensive portrait of the Mormon spiritual leader, viewed by followers as a protector and by opponents as a heretic, and describes how his faith has impacted the Mormon religion for over a century.
Sovereign in America
Paperback ISBN: 0415844843
Brigham Young was one of the most influential—and controversial—Mormon leaders in American history. An early follower of the new religion, he led the cross-continental migration of the Mormon people from Illinois to Utah, where he built a vast religious empire that was both revolutionary and authoritarian, radically different from yet informed by the existing culture of the U.S. With his powerful personality and sometimes paradoxical convictions, Young left an enduring stamp on both his church and the region, and his legacy remains active today. In a lively, concise narrative bolstered by primary documents, and supplemented by a robust companion website, David Mason tells the dynamic story of Brigham Young, and in the process, illuminates the history of the LDS Church, religion in America, and the development of the American west. This book will be a vital resource for anyone seeking to understand the complex, uniquely American origins of a church that now counts over 15 million members worldwide.
Building the Kingdom
A History of Mormons in America
Paperback ISBN: 0195150228
Mormonism is one of the world's fastest growing religions, doubling its membership every 15 years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal denomination of the Mormon church) is now 10 million strong, with more than half of its membership coming from outside the United States. More than 88 million copies of The Book of Mormon have been printed, and it has been translated into more than 50 languages. Mormons in America tells the tumultuous story of this religious group, from its humble origins in small-town New York State in 1830 to its present heyday. Claudia and Richard Bushman introduce us to charismatic leaders like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, go deep behind Mormon rites and traditions, take us along the adventurous trail of the Mormon pioneers into the West, evoke the momentous erection of Salt Lake City in the desert, and draw us into the dozens of skirmishes, verbal attacks, and court battles between Mormons and their neighbors, other religions, the media, and the American government.
Conflict in the Quorum
Orson Pratt, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith
Hardcover ISBN: 1560851643
The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles form the core of the Momon Church's governing hierarchy. Examining conflict between 19th- century members of that hierarchy, Bergera (managing director, Smith-Pettit Foundation) argues that disharmony within the leadership can have a major influence on church doctrine, policy, and organization. Centering his narrative on Orson Pratt's conflicts with two of the most prominent figures in the history of the Mormon's, Bergera argues that the doctrinal competition was primarily a fight over authority. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)