The Mormons By Frontline And The American Experience

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In the two-part series, The Mormons, this four hour documentary by Frontline and the American Experience examines the development and growth of the Mormon faith. The documentary explores both the history and the present reality of the Mormon faith, allowing the viewer inside the compelling and often misunderstood religion. The first part of this documentary explores the birth of Mormonism and the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the charismatic leadership of Joseph Smith, while the second segment studies the contemporary Mormon Church (including the discussion of Mormon missionaries, homosexuality, and the role of women). Although I was aware of some of the history of Mormonism (my mom was raised in the LDS…show more content…
Every July the LDS church puts on an Easter pageant called Jesus the Christ, which shows the story of Joseph Smith and his discovery of the golden plates. I also learned that those who practiced the Mormon faith were persecuted. At the beginning of its founding, the Mormon faith had about 40 supporters and by 1831 there was more than 71 people who were Mormons in Ohio. However, the Mormons were chased away from Ohio. Along with Joseph Smith another famous supporter of the Mormon faith was Brigham Young, a penniless carpenter who had been looking for direction when his wife was near death, discovered Joseph Smith and Mormonism. Young felt that he had found the right church and decided to convert to Mormonism. Joseph Smith continued to express locals by saying that with Mormonism you could talk to God and have a personal relationship. In 1831, he sent out missionaries to get more converts. In 1833 the first Mormon temple was built in Kirtland, Ohio and by 1837 there were more than 3,000 converts. However, when Smith lost some money, many of his followers believed that he was an unfit leader and questioned if he was indeed a profit. The Mormons from 1831 to 1844 established numerous Mormon churches in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. However, the Mormons experienced a time known as “the Dark Ages” in which the Mormons drew hostility and persecution, because of non-Mormons who did not trust Smith, or were suspicious of Mormon teachings and

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