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p. 1037. The Mormon worldlocked

  • Richard Lyman Bushman


The end of polygamy and the achievement of Utah statehood in the 1890s altered Mormonism's relationship with the rest of the USA. For the first time, Mormons could aspire to national respectability. Rather than stressing doctrine, the church emphasized Mormon culture and society. By the early 20th century, the requirement of gathering to Zion in Utah was relaxed and the diaspora brought the problem of how to prevent assimilation from diluting Mormon identity. Mormonism is an array of doctrines, communal interaction, ritual, private worship, and spiritual history integrated into personal experience. ‘The Mormon world’ argues that the complexity and comprehensiveness of the whole are the reason Mormons keep their faith.

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