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Pioneers in the Attic

Sara M. Patterson


This book argues that as the Latter-day Saint community globalized in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, its relationship to space transformed. Initially, nineteenth-century Mormons believed that they must literally gather together in their new Salt Lake Zion—their center place. They believed that Zion was a place you could point to on a map, a place you should dwell in to live a righteous life. Later Mormons had to reinterpret these central theological principles as their community spread around the globe. They began to make such claims as “We should spiritually gather toget ... More

Keywords: Mormonism, collective memory, material religion, Mormon Trail, trekking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190933869
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190933869.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara M. Patterson, author
Professor of Theological Studies, Hanover College