By Jon E. Taylor
During the last century, 3 nationally major histories have vied for house and position in Independence, Missouri. Independence used to be declared Zion through Joseph Smith, served as a meeting and provisioning aspect for trails west, and was once referred to as domestic by means of President Truman for sixty-four years. Taylor has built-in examine from newspapers, public files, oral histories, and personal papers to element how the group has preserved those numerous legacies. He locations the position of maintenance in Independence not just in the higher context of protection within the usa but in addition in the context of yankee environmental historical past.
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Extra resources for A President, a Church, and Trails West: Competing Histories in Independence, Missouri
For F. ’s private denunciation of polygamy, see Pearl Bridge to F. M. Smith, 9 July 1926, Smith to Bridge, 12 August 1926, in folder 35, Correspondence 1923–1929, Frederick M. Smith Records and Papers, RLDS Archives. 26 A President, a Church, and Trails West be the location of the church headquarters. F. M. had accompanied his father to the city when he decided to make Independence his home in 1906, and after F. M. became president, he moved more of the church operations to the city. At the 1920 church conference, members voted to transfer the church’s legal headquarters from Lamoni to Independence.
10 The church wanted to reorganize and restore the original teachings of Joseph Smith. Ultimately its members wanted to return to Independence to fulfill Smith’s vision of creating Zion on earth. They referred to their movement as the Reorganization. However, Joseph Smith III realized it would take time for church members to be ready to return to the community that had successfully expelled them in 1833. In 1867 he wrote that there were material and spiritual components to Zion. The saints had to have the economic resources to support a community in Independence, and he cautioned members that unless they were economically ready to return, they should stay put and continue to conserve and build up their resources.
Wallace Smith, interview by E. Keith Henry, transcript, 1981 (RLDS Archives), 37. For F. ’s private denunciation of polygamy, see Pearl Bridge to F. M. Smith, 9 July 1926, Smith to Bridge, 12 August 1926, in folder 35, Correspondence 1923–1929, Frederick M. Smith Records and Papers, RLDS Archives. 26 A President, a Church, and Trails West be the location of the church headquarters. F. M. had accompanied his father to the city when he decided to make Independence his home in 1906, and after F. M.
A President, a Church, and Trails West: Competing Histories in Independence, Missouri by Jon E. Taylor