Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophetby John G. Turner
Pub. Date: 09/20/2012
Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York whose impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He trudged around the United States and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than fifty women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. While previous
Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York whose impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He trudged around the United States and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than fifty women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. While previous accounts of his life have been distorted by hagiography or polemical exposé, John Turner provides a fully realized portrait of a colossal figure in American religion, politics, and westward expansion.
After the 1844 murder of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Young gathered those Latter-day Saints who would follow him and led them over the Rocky Mountains. In Utah, he styled himself after the patriarchs, judges, and prophets of ancient Israel. As charismatic as he was autocratic, he was viewed by his followers as an indispensable protector and by his opponents as a theocratic, treasonous heretic.
Under his fiery tutelage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defended plural marriage, restricted the place of African Americans within the church, fought the U.S. Army in 1857, and obstructed federal efforts to prosecute perpetrators of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. At the same time, Young's tenacity and faith brought tens of thousands of Mormons to the American West, imbued their everyday lives with sacred purpose, and sustained his church against adversity. Turner reveals the complexity of this spiritual prophet, whose commitment made a deep imprint on his church and the American Mountain West.
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Table of Contents
1 A New Creature 7
2 The Tongues of Angels 29
3 Acts of the Apostles 55
4 New and Everlasting Covenant 80
5 Prophets and Pretenders 110
6 Word and Will 144
7 A New Era of Things 175
8 One Family 207
9 Go Ahead 230
10 The Whirlwind 265
11 Let Him Alone 301
12 The Monster in the Vale 338
13 The Soul and Mainspring of the West 372
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Great book, honest in it's evaluation of a very controversial figure without bias for either the Mormon or Gentile points of view. Great read.
The facts were well researched but the entire dialogue had a very negatively slant. Any statement can be worded with a positive or negative attitude and it was apparent that even the good done by Brigham Young left you with a nasty taste in your mouth. It did not come across as unbiased or neutral. Very disappointed.
I would love to see this as an ebook. The reviews from both Mormon, exMormon, and never Mormon scholars of this book all give it fantastic reviews.