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Still, Utah is 77 percent Mormon, but only about one-eighth of the church members (1,363,000) live there.
The founder of the Mormon church in the United States, Joseph Smith, Jr., was the third son of a New England farming family.
O'Dea that the Mormons 'represent the clearest example to be found in our national history of the evolution of a native and indigenously developed ethnic minority "' ( The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, 1980).
The Mormon church has grown to be more than an American religious denomination.
One of the first groups went to share the Book of Mormon with the Native Americans.
It differentiates the Mormons from members of other sects and lends support to the judgment of [Catholic] sociologist Thomas F.
As Smith, his brother Hyrum, and other church leaders were held in jail awaiting trial, a mob broke into the jail and killed Joseph and Hyrum Smith on June 27, 1844.
Following the death of their leader, Brigham Young (1801-1877), the president of the Council of Twelve Apostles, gained the trust of most of Smith's followers.
As the church grew and developed, he received additional revelations that the Mormons view as scripture; these teachings are recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants.
From his New York base, Smith sent his followers out to seek converts; the majority of growth during this period occurred in Ohio.
Scholars disagree on whether Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), can rightly be considered an ethnic group.