By D. Michael Quinn
Not till seven years later did Mormons first study that authority have been restored through angels or of the necessity for a hierarchy mirroring the Pauline version. that very same yr (1835) a Quorum of Twelve Apostles used to be equipped, yet their jurisdiction was once constrained to parts open air demonstrated stakes (dioceses). Stakes have been led by way of a president, who oversaw non secular improvement, and by way of a bishop, who supervised temporal needs.
At Smith’s martyrdom in 1844, the church had 5 prime quorums of authority. the obvious successor to Smith, Illinois stake president William Marks, antagonistic the key rites of polygamy, anointing, endowments, and the clandestine political job that had characterised the church in Illinois. the key Council of 50 had lately ordained Smith as King on the earth and despatched ambassadors overseas to shape alliances opposed to the United States.
The majority of church participants knew not anything of those advancements, yet they followed Brigham younger, head of the Quorum of the Twelve, who spoke forcefully and moved decisively to cast off contenders for the presidency. He persevered to construct on Smith’s political and doctrinal strategies and social stratification. Young’s twentieth-century legacy is a well-defined constitution with out the charismatic spontaneity or egalitarian chaos of the early church.
Historian D. Michael Quinn examines the contradictions and confusion of the 1st tumultuous a long time of LDS background. He demonstrates how occasions and doctrines have been silently, retroactively inserted into the broadcast kind of scriptures and documents to gentle out the stormy, haphazard improvement. The bureaucratization of Mormonism was once inevitable, however the demeanour during which it happened was once unpredictable and should be, for readers, fascinating.
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