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Brigham Young: A Concise Biography of the Mormon Moses

Brigham Young: A Concise Biography of the Mormon Moses

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 1621570401

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


He was a carpenter. A visionary. A governor. A prophet. A pioneer. A preacher. A businessman. A temple-builder.

Brigham Young loomed large in a tumultuous time. He helped found the state of Utah in the era of American Manifest Destiny. He rallied thousands around Mormonism, a new faith with powerful detractors who tried to stamp it out in the towns and villages where its communities sprang up. With barely a dozen days of formal education under his belt, he left a legacy of writings, letters and sermons that continue to enrich the study of the Mormon Church and the era of American Western expansion.

In Brigham Young, Ed Breslin distills Young's larger-than-life story into a concise, readable biography that focuses on his most critical moments and achievements. Unlike other biographies, Breslin's account neither whitewashes nor sensationalizes Brigham Young's controversial life. Brigham Young is the perfect primer on Young's vast and complicated legacy.

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with which the English took to the new church and its doctrine. In fact, by then Brigham had organized matters so well that branches of the Mormon church had sprouted in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Heber Chase Kimball, aided by elders Wilford Woodruff and John Taylor, had also managed to establish a strong Mormon presence in London. So effective were Brigham and his colleagues at spreading the word that traditional British clerics became upset and began to complain about the Latter-day Saints.

in Aurelius quite comfortable, John did not hesitate to abandon it and head westward again to establish a new homestead at the tip of the wilderness. John may well have been feeling overwhelmed by the loss of his wife, and he must have feared that he would prove inadequate at raising the two youngest children. As a result he left Louisa and Lorenzo Dow back in Aurelius with their older sister Rhoda and her preacher husband John. Rhoda and John were able to share the duties of parenting Louisa

and reached Mountain Meadows, a beautiful grazing and camping area near Cedar City in Iron County, in the southwestern corner of Utah, some forty miles from the Nevada border. The Baker-Fancher Party hoped to rest up at Mountain Meadows and resupply in Cedar City for the final push to San Bernardino. But in southern Utah, religious fervor and war fever were cresting. From the beginning, there were problems between the Baker-Fancher Party and the overwrought local Mormons. Colonel William H. Dame

the doctrine and practice of polygamy. As word leaked out about this practice after Smith formalized it as doctrine in Nauvoo in the early 1840s, hostility toward Mormons in Illinois escalated. After the assassination of Smith in 1844, Brigham Young stepped up the practice of polygamy both personally and within the church. Before the exodus to the West, in the final months in Nauvoo, once the temple was complete, Brigham set about endowing and sealing single and plural marriages at a rapid pace.

and his siblings pitched in to care for his young daughters. Kimball wrote descriptions of working alongside Brigham in winter, chopping wood in snow waist-high to earn eighteen cents per cord cut. The two would often work long hours in exchange for fifty cents a day, or sometimes for a small prearranged barter in crops or supplies. Presumably by the time Brigham had his shop going full blast, such rigorous days as a hired-out laborer were behind him. He had built a large undershot waterwheel

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