The first chapter, "Books and Angels," explains how and why choral singing emerged in early Mormondom
Entrance into the Mormon Temple is the utopia to strive for in Mormondom
The fashioning of the new vision of goods in Mormondom required of its participants, and can divulge to its students, a fundamental reordering of the relationship between personal possessions and individual identities.
The changes in thinking about material goods that occurred in Mormondom are neatly encapsulated in two letters--separated by two decades--written by Isaiah Coombs.
Goods in Mormondom, then, might be tightly woven through their particular production and consumption into the workings of small communities, and so hold meanings specific to individual towns.
, homosexuality is literally unspeakable; there is no greater taboo in this institution, in which even relatively benign substances such as caffeine are forbidden.
21] The decisive argument by the committee on boundaries was that if the people of Mormondom wished their area to be included, they would have sent delegates.
The plan had real merit for Mormondom, but church leaders would have had to act more decisively to see it accomplished.
On the other hand, however, Burton was well aware of the impossibility of such a task, as he admits halfway through The City of the Saints: "There is in Mormondom
, as in all other exclusive faiths, whether Jewish, Hindu or other, an inner life into which I cannot flatter myself or deceive the reader with the idea of my having penetrated" (224).
In 1919 the Laie Temple was built, cementing the town's position in Mormondom
as the Zion of the Pacific.
Often billed as the showplace of the LDS Church, Brigham Young - situated south of Salt Lake City in Provo - sets the standard for free-expression in the rest of Mormondom
1847-1910 provides a test case for examining consumerism.