Mormon Faith in America by Maxine Hanks

By Maxine Hanks

The Church of the Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon religion, is related to be the quickest transforming into faith on the earth this present day. long ago thirty years it has elevated its club via 220 percentage to 11 million fans this present day, of which nearly six million stay outdoor the USA. This quantity explores the original character of the Mormon religion, its beginning in early the US, and the ways in which Mormonism and the USA have grown up jointly. From founder Joseph Smith to celebrated golfer Johnny Miller, from Brigham younger to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve younger, from senator Orrin Hatch to contributors of the preferred making a song Osmond relatives - the Mormons are a massive a part of American background and tradition.

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Today Brigham Young University (BYU), as it is now known, is the largest private university in the United States. The BYU main campus in Provo, Utah, has 30,000 students, and sponsors additional campuses in Hawaii, Idaho, and Jerusalem. The Church Educational System (CES), found in 144 countries and territories, provides religious instruction for more than 375,000 high school students and 265,000 college-age students. In underprivi-  Mormon Faith in Americ a leged areas where public schools are not available, the LDS Church has been offering schooling since 1977.

That conflict will be covered in detail in chapter 4, but a key moment should be mentioned here. In 1890, LDS president Wilford Woodruff (1807–1898) issued a new revelation that declared that the practice of plural marriage (polygamy) would no longer be a part of the practice of Mormonism. While polygamy continued unofficially for years, the official ban made dealing with the federal government much easier because polygamy was illegal in the United States. In 1894, President Grover Cleveland issued an amnesty for men who had taken multiple wives, and in 1896 Utah became a state of the United States.

Hafen, J. B. Fairbanks, Lorus Pratt, Edwin Evans, and Dan Weggeland painted the huge murals on the temple walls in the French impressionist style. Mormon artists bring a sense of faith to their art, and an optimism in the face of suffering. Historically, Mormon art is not an expression of doubt or pain, but a witness or testimony. The Brigham Young statue on Temple Square facing Main Street in Salt Lake City reaches out to all passing by; it was sculpted by LDS artist Cyrus Dallin (1861–1944) and placed in 1897.

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