Mormons On the Move

Visitors to the Danish port of Esbjerg could have been forgiven their bemusement at the scene in the harbor last month. Several hundred people gathered to watch a flotilla of eight tall ships embark on a 59-day journey to the United States. Some in the crowd wore 19th century costumes and performed traditional dances; a few feigned tears and waved handkerchiefs as the voyagers set sail. Other dockside revelers also stood out, their neat white shirts and dark ties as incongruous in the throng of summer tourists as the colorful folk dresses.

The festivities were to mark the start of...

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