The "Latter Day Saints" of the Church of Jesus Christ, as the Mormons style them-selves, are becoming aroused at the advent of a prophet who has recently appeared among them, and who says he is Brigham Young, reappeared. Many of the fully be-lieving accept the false prophet as the true Brigham Young, who after death was to ap-pear again to his disciples. Brigham Young was born at Whitingham, Vermont, June 1, 1801, as the son of a farmer. He was edu-cated in the Baptist Church, but joined in 1832 the Mormons at Kirtland, Ohio, and started in 1835 on his first mission-ary journey. He quickly rose to the highest dignities, and acquired an almost boundless influence within the sect by his energy and shrewdness, and by the power of his personality. After the death of Joseph Smith, in 1844, he was chosen president of the church by the apos-tles, and from 1846 until 1848 he led the host of the Mormons, numbering 16,000 people, from Nanvoo across the prairie deserts to Great Salt Lake valley, where he founded Salt Lake City. In March, of 1849, a convention was held in that city, a constitution was framed and a State was organized. Congress, however, refused to admit the new State, but the Territory of Utah was organized and Brigham Young was appointed as its governor for the suc-ceeding four years. Conflicts soon arose with the Federal government and the United States officers were expelled from the Territory. On August 29, 1852, Brig-ham Young introduced polygamy as an institution, as the celestial law of marriage and he carried it through in spite of considerable resistance from a division of the church itself. The supreme power, spiritual and temporal, rested with Brigham Young, as the prophet of the church, and he alone had the right of working miracles and receiving revela-tions. This belief with the Mormons, is a continual divine revelation through the medium of the prophet—a belief which enjoins absolute obedience to the commands of the revelation on the part of all persons who accept it—and this is the corner stone of the social building of Mormonism, the only vital agency in its history, the whole secret of its success, and the day it fully dies out will be the death signal to Mor-monism. Brigham Young, with his shrewd-ness and sagacity, knew well how to in-crease, keep and hold his power until the day of his death which occurred on August 29, 1877.
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