For two years after Smith's death, conflicts escalated between Mormons and other Illinois residents.
To prevent war, Brigham Young led the Mormon pioneers (constituting most of the Latter Day Saints) to a temporary winter quarters in Nebraska and then, eventually (beginning in 1847), to what became the Utah Territory.
After Smith's death in 1844, the Mormons followed Brigham Young to what would become the Utah Territory.
Today, most Mormons are understood to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
Partly to counter this, Mormons put an even greater emphasis on family life, religious education, and missionary work, becoming more conservative in the process.
During the 1860s, newcomers began using the new railroad that was under construction. President James Buchanan sent an army to Utah, which Mormons interpreted as open aggression against them. United States that religious duty was not a suitable defense for practicing polygamy, and many Mormon polygamists went into hiding; later, Congress began seizing church assets. After the Manifesto, some Mormons continued to enter into polygamous marriages, but these eventually stopped in 1904 when church president Joseph F.They believe that Christ's church was restored through Joseph Smith and is guided by living prophets and apostles.Central to Mormon faith is the belief that God speaks to his children and answers their prayers.Mormons self-identify as Christian, and some of their beliefs differ from mainstream Christianity.Mormons believe in the Bible, as well as other books of scripture, such as the Book of Mormon.Due to their high birth and conversion rates, the Mormon population has grown significantly in recent decades.The number of members in 1971 was 3,090,953 The word "Mormons" most often refers to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) because of their belief in the Book of Mormon, though members often refer to themselves as Latter-day Saints or sometimes just Saints.This article is about the people known as "Mormons". For the movement started by Joseph Smith, see Latter Day Saint movement.For the "Mormon Church", see The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons are a religious and cultural group related to Mormonism, the principal branch of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity, initiated by Joseph Smith in upstate New York during the 1820s.During the early 20th century, Mormons began to reintegrate into the American mainstream.In 1929, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir began broadcasting a weekly performance on national radio, becoming an asset for public relations.