Brigham Young on the Social Order



In our mind’s eye we can see Brigham Young stepping to the pulpit. He often preaches about the proper social order. What role should women and men have in an ideal society? What should be the function of work, education, and recreation? His views are not simply Christian homily. Born in upstate New York in 1801, Brigham Young is a child of America’s “golden age of community experiments” and a convert to Joseph Smith’s earthly, here-and-now revelations. As a result, he hopes to transform his rough but ambitious people into an exemplary community where cooperation, dedication, unity, and pioneer-building are sacramental rituals.


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