I appreciate your moderate and respectful reply to my objections. It is often hard for non-Mormons to understand how Mormons believe all we do. You at least see how Mormon beliefs and our way of life could be satisfying to educated, reasonable people, among whom you presumably would include Mitt Romney. What troubles you is the implication of belief in prophetic revelation: Would Mormons perform any dire deed for their prophet no matter how contrary to conscience?
Danites, Damsels, and World Domination: Mormons in the Dime Novels
Danites, Damsels, and World Domination: Mormons in the Dime Novels – Sunstone Magazine
The word Mormon most colloquially denotes an adherent, practitioner, follower, or constituent of Mormonism in restorationist Christianity. In addition, the term Mormon may refer to any of the relatively small sects of Mormon fundamentalism , and any branch of the Latter Day Saint movement that recognizes Brigham Young as the successor to founder Joseph Smith. The term Mormon applies to the religion of Mormonism, as well as its culture, texts, and art. The term derives from the Book of Mormon , a sacred text published in regarded by the faith as a supplemental Testament to the Bible.
The Mormonizing of America
There are nearly seven million Mormons in America. This is the number the Mormons themselves use. It's not huge. Seven million is barely 2 percent of the country's population. It is the number of people who subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
Or right-click here to download the audio. During the first years of the Civil War three very similar novels about Mormons appeared in the United States—each featuring handsome heroes, Mormon Elders, and chaste young women who are kidnapped and taken to Salt Lake City as polygamous brides. In all three spoiler alert! Despite their many similarities, these books occupied very different positions in the commercial hierarchy of books. Like most books published in the United States in the early s, both volumes would have been beyond the financial reach of most readers.