Religion: Mormonism Enters a New Era

But America's biggest native faith remains a kingdom apart

It was July 24, 1847 when Pioneer Brigham Young gazed down at the desolate Salt Lake Valley and declared: "This is the place." His Latter-day Saints, hounded out of three states, had found their homestead. Last week in Salt Lake City, 200,000 people celebrated the Pioneer Day legend with a mammoth parade. At the head of the procession was Brigham Young's latest successor, Spencer Woolley Kimball, 83, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Behind him were brass bands, floats, fiddlers, and...

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