The Mormon Church

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I was raised in what now would be called White privilege. The Edgemont area in Provo, Utah was an extremely homogenous culture. My family, along with most of the other families in my neighborhood were young, White, middle class, highly educated, conservative, heterosexual, and Mormon with European ancestry. My father, along with most of the other fathers in the neighborhood, was a professor at Brigham Young University. Our culture was based on the teachings of the Mormon Church with a rich pioneer heritage which we celebrated every 24th of July. As children, we would don pioneer garb, decorate wagons and bikes to look like covered wagons or handcarts and march around the church building pretending to be pioneers. Not only was this event fun, but we could feel the pioneer blood flowing through our veins. The pioneers represented to us hard work, sacrifice, devotion, obedience, courage, fortitude and love of God.
The Mormon Church was organized in 1830, as a collectivist society where the good of the church was more important than the individual. In those days, when the church gave a member an assignment, including leaving the family to go on a mission, moving to a new location, or allowing a husband to marry another wife, and performed these tasks no matter the personal sacrifice required. The collectivist practice of the United Order was instituted in the late 1800’s in a small town in Southern Utah called Orderville. My Great-grandparents were part of this system where
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