Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Richard Lyman Bushman

By Richard Lyman Bushman

Starting with a handful of participants in 1830, the church that Joseph Smith based has grown right into a world-wide association with over 12 million adherents, taking part in in demand roles in politics, activities, leisure, and company. but they're an oddity. they're thought of healthy, conservative, and pleasant on one hand, and clannish, bizarre, and self-righteous at the different.

Mormonism: a really brief creation explains who Mormons are: what they suspect and the way they reside their lives. Written via Richard Lyman Bushman, an eminent historian and practising Mormon, this compact, informative quantity levels from the heritage of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the contentious problems with modern Mormonism. Bushman argues that Joseph Smith nonetheless serves because the Mormons' Moses. Their daily non secular lives are nonetheless rooted in his conceptions of real Christianity. They search revelation to resolve life's difficulties simply as he did. they suspect the authority to seal households jointly for eternity used to be restored via him. They comprehend their lives as a part of a non secular trip that began in a "council in heaven" earlier than the area begun simply as he taught. Bushman's account additionally describes the tensions and sorrows of Mormon existence. How are Mormons to carry directly to their kids in an international of declining ethical criteria and rampant disbelief? How do rational, proficient Mormons face up to criticisms in their religion? How do unmarried Mormons fare in a church that emphasizes kinfolk existence? The publication additionally examines polygamy, some of the Mormon scriptures, and the renegade fundamentalists who tarnish the LDS photograph whilst actually they're no longer members.

In a time while Mormons reminiscent of Mitt Romney and Harry Reid are enjoying trendy roles in American society, this attractive creation permits readers to pass judgement on for themselves how Mormon teachings form the nature of believers.


"Written via the dean of Mormon stories, Richard Bushman...this publication -- a Berlitz advisor of varieties to the complicated international of contemporary Mormonism -- is among the most productive technique to snatch what it capacity to be a Mormon today."--Samuel Morris Brown, The Wall St. Journal

"An dependent, even-handed introduction."--Catholic usher in

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Methodists had been visited with repeated supernatural manifestations for the previous four decades: speaking in tongues, wrenchings of the body by the Holy Spirit, dreams—and visions like Smith’s. But as the denomination became more respectable, these extreme behaviors embarrassed the clergy. When Smith told his amazing story, he received the standard reply that miracles had ceased with the apostles. Not understanding Methodism’s history, Joseph felt that he had been treated with contempt. 17 Revelation are forgiven thee.

Mormonism By the end of the twentieth century, converts understood that their first obligation was to advance the work in their native areas. Joseph Smith had always spoken of Zion as an expansive idea. Once one city was constructed, his instructions to the people in Jackson County had explained, other such cities were to be built until the world was filled with Zion. Smith dreamed of an array of cities, initially in the United States and then in all of the Americas, extending Zion to the rest of the world.

This comprehensiveness goes back to their origins, when Joseph Smith first organized the church. It was evident within a year after the church’s organization in April 1830 that Smith wanted to create a society that was more than congregations of worshippers. Protestantism spread westward in this period by organizing people for Sunday worship with a clergyman to preach and administer the sacraments. Outside of these church meetings, Protestants blended with the rest of the American populace. Smith went beyond congregational worship to the organization of cities and the formation of complete societies.

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