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Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet

Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet

Écrit par John G. Turner

Raconté par Stephen Hoye


Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet

Écrit par John G. Turner

Raconté par Stephen Hoye

évaluations:
4/5 (13 évaluations)
Longueur:
19 heures
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Dec 24, 2012
ISBN:
9781452680750
Format:
Livre audio

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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.
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Dec 24, 2012
ISBN:
9781452680750
Format:
Livre audio

À propos de l'auteur

John G. Turner is assistant professor of history at the University of South Alabama.


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  • (4/5)
    Well balanced portrait of the Mormon leader. Good coverage of post-Joseph Smith history of the LDS church for the novice or expert.
  • (3/5)
    Biography of the man who took Mormonism from its genesis with Joseph Smith to near-control of Utah, and managed its Weberian transition from being led by a prophet to being led by a church, with an administrative hierarchy capable of surviving in the long term. Young is not larger than life; he makes many mistakes, mostly financial; he has complicated relationships with his multiple wives, some of whom seem to be married out of convenience and others for passion; he says contradictory things about women over time, but always stays racist; he gets crankier as he gets older; he supports the slaughter of non-Mormons in various circumstances and then gets cagey about it in order to keep the federal government’s heavy hand from coming down. Turner repeatedly notes that Young’s positions weren’t unique in his time—though massacring a bunch of white Protestants and getting away with it was pretty unusual. I should probably read a biography of Smith for comparison.