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Building the City of God: Community and Cooperation among the Mormons

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Paperback, 497 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by University of Illinois Press (first published 1976)
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Jacob Lines
Jan 29, 2015 Jacob Lines rated it it was amazing
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First, a little theological background would be helpful to understand the subject of this book. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Zion is more than just a name for Jerusalem or a title for a “city on a hill.” Instead, it is what God calls His people. As the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith, “this is Zion – the pure in heart.” Doctrine and Covenants 97:21. And in other latter-day scripture, Enoch and his people were called Zion – “And the Lord called his people Zion, be ...more
Jkimballcook Cook
Oct 02, 2013 Jkimballcook Cook rated it really liked it
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Some of the assumptions on the origins of the United Order movement through Joseph Smith's revelations are a bit dated: Arrington basically uncritically accepts Brigham Young's apparent belief or insistence that the United Orders were the direct result of Joseph Smith's "United Firm," later called a "United Order." The consensus of historians now, however, is that the United Firm was really a different thing, and not really the type of communal effort that Brigham Young attempted in the latter h ...more
Jessie
Mar 25, 2012 Jessie rated it it was ok
The information in this book is thorough and well researched. I'm sure it answers any question you could ever have about communalism among the Mormons, a pretty interesting topic if you ask me. It also made me want to gouge my eyes out. I have trudged dutifully through several history books this semester with very minimal skimming, but this one was beyond dry. By the time I got half way through I was convinced getting through the second half would kill me. I skipped entire chapters and skimmed m ...more
Kristen
Jul 11, 2007 Kristen rated it really liked it
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I guess I am just a history junkie, but I was engrossed by this book. For example, did you know that in the 1870s Brigham City had textile industry that included mulberry trees and silk worms? Or that Brigham Young encouraged the residents of St. George to make and sell (but not consume) wine to people living outside the city (presumably non-Mormons)? It covers pre- and post-United Order efforts including co-ops and the pre-1975 church welfare system. Most of the focus is on the United Order eff ...more
Jeff Crosby
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Because of the way I read and use my LDS library I have elected to not rate these books.
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