Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet

Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet

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by John G. Turner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674049675

ISBN-13: 9780674049673

Pub. Date: 09/20/2012

Publisher: Harvard

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674049673
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/20/2012
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
1,057,481
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Prologue 1

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

Epilogue 408

Notes 415

Acknowledgments 487

Index 490

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Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Vikings31 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.