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Building Zion
The general failure of the United Orders coincided roughly with the passing of Church President Brigham Young in 1877. One might wonder if at the end, Brother Brigham was discouraged about building Zion and whether, after he passed, his successor John Taylor would move on and focus elsewhere. This was definitely not the case. To the very end, Brigham Young...
Building Zion
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana. Since we LDS Church members may some day be building Zion communities, we might do well to learn from our Utah ancestors’ mistakes. Last time we suggested one such misstep was that the Saints moved too quickly from cooperatives to the United Order instead of giving...
Building Zion
With hindsight, it appears Brigham Young may have jumped the gun by introducing the United Order to the Saints in 1873. That year there was a nationwide banking panic, and he apparently introduced the United Order to better insulate the Saints from the negative economic symptoms of “Babylon” - from bank runs to unemployment. The Saints had been living in...