Postcards from the Edge of History : Narrative and the Sacralisation of Mormon Historical Sites
Mormon history is so closely alligned with Mormon doctrine that it has become part of the theology of Mormonism. Travel to Mormon historic sites "may have more in common with secular travel or tourism than traditional pilgrimage" due to the fact that the sites themselves do not often have a "miraculous aspect" (such as the healing of pilgrims). It is narratives that transform a historic site into a sacred site for Mormons. Reading a text about the site, creating their own narratives through personal journals, and bearing testimony all connect members to the site and to the "wider Mormon experience."