Brigham Young

Brigham Young

Brigham Young is an American Leader of the Latter-day Saint Movement. Young is given some other names too such as American Moses, Modern Moses and Mormon Moses because of his biblical figure. It was Brigham who led his followers from desert towards the land of opportunity. He had a bold personality. Brigham Young is also referred as Brother Brigham by the followers or Latter-day Saint movement. He is one of the prominent leaders of Mormon polygamist. Young has an immense contribution in the colonisation of US. In 1950 the state of Utah donated a marble statue of Brigham Young to US capitol’s National Statuary Collection to show their gratitude towards Brigham.

Born: June 1, 1801, Whitingham, Vermont, United States
Died: August 29, 1877, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Full name: Brigham Young
Buried: Mormon Pioneer Memorial Monument, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Spouse: Hannah Tapfield (m. 1872–1877), More
Children: Susa Young Gates, B. Morris Young, Brigham Young, Jr.

Birth Details & Personal Biography

June 1st 1801 was the day when Brigham Young was born in Whittingham Vermont. Young’s parent’s names were John Young and Abigail Howe. The couple had 11 children and Brigham was their 9th child. When Brigham turned 3 his family moved to Central New York states and when Young turned 10 they relocated themselves in Sherburne. In his childhood Young did a lot of menial tasks such as clearing the land of farming, trapping animals for fishing etc. He helped his father in planting, cultivating and harvesting crops. He also looked after his mother who was ill with tuberculosis. At the age of 14, Brigham lost his mother and when his father remarried he moved out of the house. He took some odd jobs for some years like carpenter, painter and glazier etc. At the age of 23 Brigham got married to Miriam Works. The couple had 2 daughters and while giving birth to the second one his wife faced death.

Brigham Young was one of famous polygamists of the early American church. In total he had 55 wives and 54 of them came to him after he had become a Saint of Latter-day. Out of 55 wives; 21 were spinster, 16 were widow, 6 were divorcees, 6 had living husbands and while the marital status of rest is yet unknown. In total he had 57 children.

Career

In his early career Brigham Young took various menial jobs. Later when Young read books on Mormon he was attracted towards Mormonism. His career path followed was:

  1. He established a community in Kirtland Ohio along with other Mormon.
  2. In 1835 he joined the Quorum of 12 Apostle as an inaugural member.
  3. In the year 1840 Young established the city of Nauvoo Illinois on the banks of Mississippi river which was later recognized as the headquarter of Quorum of 12 Apostles’ church.
  4. In the year 1847 Young was chosen to be the President of the same.
  5. In 1852 he started acknowledging Polygamy.
  6. In 1857 he was removed from the position of Governor.

Awards & Achievements

Brigham Young was a known personality as the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. His other achievements were:

  • He was the founder of the Salt Lake City
  • He founded the University of Utah
  • He was the founder father of Brigham Young University

Quotes

"We went west willingly--because we had to."
- Brigham Young

"I don't care about my character here on earth.I don't care about what other people think or say about me, all I care about is my standing before the Lord."
- Brigham Young

"I want to live perfectly above the law, and make it my servant instead of my master."
- Brigham Young

"If I had a choice of educating my daughters or my sons because of opportunity constraints, I would choose to educate my daughters."
- Brigham Young

A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it.
- Brigham Young

"To mind your own business incorporates the whole duty of man."
- Brigham Young

"Any young man who is unmarried at the age of twenty one is a menace to the community."
- Brigham Young

"It's better to die doing good than to live doing evil."
- Brigham Young

"Don't try to tear down other people's religion about their ears, Build up your own perfect structure of truth, and invite your listeners to enter in and enjoy it's glories."
- Brigham Young

"There is no music in hell, for all good music belongs to heaven."
- Brigham Young

"Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the worlds work, and the power to appreciate life."
- Brigham Young

"Honest hearts produce honest actions."
- Brigham Young

"In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that does not displease us."
- Brigham Young

"It is wise for us to forget our troubles, there are always new ones to replace them."
- Brigham Young

"Love the giver more than the gift."
- Brigham Young

"Nature is the glass reflecting God, as by the sea reflected is the sun, too glorious to be gazed on in his sphere."
- Brigham Young

"Never let a day pass that you will have cause to say, I will do better tomorrow."
- Brigham Young

"Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up."
- Brigham Young

"Silence may be golden, but can you think of a better way to entertain someone than to listen to him?"
- Brigham Young

"The biggest labor problem is tomorrow."
- Brigham Young

"There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source."
- Brigham Young

"True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right."
- Brigham Young

"We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do."
- Brigham Young


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