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Whenever I see a pretty woman I have to pray for grace - a quote from the founder and first Prophet of the Mormon Church and predecessor of the Great Prophet Brigham Young Brigham Young was a very much-disliked person in his time but was also a praised person in his religion A practical man of enormous common sense he marched his people to the Rockies directed the establishment of more than 325 western towns built railroads constructed stores erected factories brought Utah tens of thousands of immigrants and created the superbly organized and brilliantly administered missionary system that brings well over one hundred thousand new members into the Mormon church each yearReasons Young was disliked were unlimited and vast but the most outstanding was the Mormon belief in polygamy He had perhaps fifty-five wives and fifty-six children according to World Book Encyclopedia Yes Mormons are Christian and most Christian religions believe in monogamy This caused a great upset in the present eastern states Young was born in Whitingham Vermont on June 1 1801 At the age of 29 after reading Joseph Smiths The Book of Mormon Young began a period of study and contemplation of two years and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1832 A year later he led a band of converts to Kirtland OhioYoung rose rapidly and became the second in seniority on the newly formed Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1835 Young who was the senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1839 directed the Mormon migration to Nauvoo Illinois Under the direction of Smith and Young the Mormon people were safe from prosecution temporarily That same year Young was assigned to do missionary work in England After returning a year later he became the leading fiscal officer of the Mormon Church While on a stumping tour for Joseph Smiths presidential campaign in 1844 Young learned of Joseph
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