Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet - John G.Turner lecture

DateOctober 17, 2012
Time3:30 - 5:00 pm
LocationKayser Auditorium
Hankamer School of Business
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798
DescriptionBrigham 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.
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.



• Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet Lecture (free)


10/17/2012 3:30 PM

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