Many of these immigrants crossed the Great Plains in wagons drawn by oxen, while some later groups pulled their possessions in small handcarts.During the 1860s, newcomers began using the new railroad that was under construction. President James Buchanan sent an army to Utah, which Mormons interpreted as open aggression against them. United States that religious duty was not a suitable defense for practicing polygamy, and many Mormon polygamists went into hiding; later, Congress began seizing church assets. After the Manifesto, some Mormons continued to enter into polygamous marriages, but these eventually stopped in 1904 when church president Joseph F.Mormons self-identify as Christian, and some of their beliefs differ from mainstream Christianity.Mormons believe in the Bible, as well as other books of scripture, such as the Book of Mormon.Mormons have developed a strong sense of commonality that stems from their doctrine and history.During the 19th century, Mormon converts tended to gather to a central geographic location, and between 18 a minority of Mormons openly practiced plural marriage, a form of religious polygamy.
On April 6, 1830, Smith founded the Church of Christ.They tend to be very family-oriented and have strong connections across generations and with extended family, reflective of their belief that families can be sealed together beyond death.Mormons also have a strict law of chastity, requiring abstention from sexual relations outside heterosexual marriage and fidelity within marriage.They have a unique view of cosmology and believe that all people are spirit-children of God.