Churches: The Other Saints

After Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. was killed by an Illinois lynch mob in 1844, Brigham Young led 10,000 of his followers on the great westward trek to the land of Zion that became Utah. Not all of the new religionists went with him. Denouncing Young as a usurper, a little band of Smith's disciples stayed in the Midwest to form the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which last week opened its biennial world conference at its dome-topped headquarters in Independence, Mo.

True Heirs. By comparison with the 2,396,000 thriving, mission-minded Utah Mormons, the Reorganized Saints...