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History of Joseph Smith Jr., Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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After the death of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and others with faith in his vision presided over the completion of the Nauvoo LDS Temple, the "endowing" of Latter-day Saints therein, and the subsequent trek of the Mormon pioneers to Utah, where the "gathering" and temple-building continued. In addition to more narrowly defined "religious development," city-planning, colonization, land and water distribution, cooperative and church-directed enterprises, the conduct of government and politics, social organization, Indian policy, and more were influenced in early Utah by the teachings and example of Joseph Smith. Even the very selection of the area, which Mormons saw as a prophesied place of refuge where they could live relatively unmolested, they attributed to the planning and prophetic insight of Joseph Smith.

Ronald K. Esplin


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