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When there were more Mormons in Ohio than in New York, Smith received a revelation that the church should move west.
The first group arrived in Kirtland, Ohio, a few miles east of Cleveland, early in 1831.
Much of the Mormon identity comes from its history.
Members accept the Book of Mormon as a religious history of a people who saw the United States as a land of promise where Christ's church could be restored before His second coming.
Of the one million converts in 19, 60 percent of them were from Mexico and Central and South America.
Still, Utah is 77 percent Mormon, but only about one-eighth of the church members (1,363,000) live there.
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Scholars disagree on whether Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), can rightly be considered an ethnic group.
The Mormons received a liberal charter from the state that allowed them to have their own militia and courts.
It differentiates the Mormons from members of other sects and lends support to the judgment of [Catholic] sociologist Thomas F.
O'Dea that the Mormons 'represent the clearest example to be found in our national history of the evolution of a native and indigenously developed ethnic minority "' ( The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, 1980).
Using survey results, sociologist Armand Mauss shows that Mormons are typical Americans.
Canadian anthropologist Keith Parry, however, contends that Mormons have a distinctive lifestyle and language that set them apart from mainstream America.
In time, he predicted, God would ask Mormons to establish "Zion," a "New Jerusalem" to prepare for the millennium—the return of the Savior who would usher in a 1,000-year reign of peace.