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By John G. Turner

Brigham younger used to be a rough-hewn craftsman from big apple whose impoverished and imprecise lifestyles used to be electrified by way of the Mormon religion. He trudged round the usa and England to achieve converts for Mormonism, spoke in non secular tongues, married greater than fifty girls, and at last reworked a barren barren region into his imaginative and prescient of the dominion of God. whereas prior debts of his existence were distorted via hagiography or polemical exposé, John Turner offers a completely discovered portrait of a vast determine in American faith, politics, and westward expansion.

After the 1844 homicide of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, younger accumulated these Latter-day Saints who might stick to him and led them over the Rocky Mountains. In Utah, he styled himself after the patriarchs, judges, and prophets of old Israel. As charismatic as he was once autocratic, he was once considered by means of his fans as an vital protector and via his rivals as a theocratic, treasonous heretic.

Under his fiery tutelage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defended plural marriage, limited where of African american citizens in the church, fought the U.S. military in 1857, and obstructed federal efforts to prosecute perpetrators of the Mountain Meadows bloodbath. even as, Young’s tenacity and religion introduced tens of millions of Mormons to the yankee West, imbued their daily lives with sacred goal, and sustained his church opposed to adversity. Turner finds the complexity of this religious prophet, whose dedication made a deep imprint on his church and the yank Mountain West.

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The light was perfectly clear and remained several hours. It formed into men as if there were great armies in the West; and I then saw in the North West armies of men come up. ” Heber Kimball, soon to be Brigham’s neighbor in Mendon, reported the same visionary experience. “I distinctly heard the guns crack and the swords clash,” he later stated. , and Fanny Young beheld the celestial scene with him. 33 Even in a portion of the early American republic thickly populated with visionaries, prophets, and religious reformers, Joseph Smith stood out.

Proud of his ability to rely on his own reason in religious matters, he had never formed any close attachment to Prot­es­tant religious fig­ures. Although Young had converted to Mormonism without meeting its founding prophet, Smith had translated a book Young accepted as sacred scripture. Now, Young became a devoted disciple of a man he viewed 34 The Tongues of Angels as God’s chosen leader of his restored church and his earthly oracle. For the remainder of his life, his faith was inseparable from the person of Joseph Smith.

15 Young quickly iden­ti­fied another prospective wife. She was Mary Ann 36 The Tongues of Angels Angell, a Free Will Baptist whom Young’s brother-­in-­law John P. Greene had baptized into the church. Sharing Young’s penchant for impetuous mobility, Angell had preceded the rest of her family to Kirtland. Emmeline B. ” The couple secured a marriage license in February 1834, and their marriage certificate dates their ­union to March 31. A church marriage may have preceded the license date, as a son named Joseph—perhaps after the prophet, perhaps after Brigham’s brother Joseph—arrived in October.

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