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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was officially organized by Joseph Smith in Western New York on April 6, 1830, and by 1978, spread to more than seventy nations. One uniqueness of the Mormon religion is that it was the first church to have begun in the United States.         Following the revivals of the 1800's, religion entered a temporary decline in Western New York, reawakened in 1807-1808, then declined again because of the military exciteme The Chnts …

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…the Mormons were strict-monogamist, and this claim was shocking to them. But they did accept it as a commandment. Not everyone was allowed to practice polygamy. They had to prove themselves capable of maintaining more than one family.         The publicity given to this controversial practice is said to have been blown out of proportion. 'There were never at any time more than 3 percent of the families of the church who practiced polygamy.' (Howlles p. 140)