Performance in Faith-Based Organizations as a Function of Mission Clarity, Coherence, and Focus
John Whitmer Historical Association Journal
The authors, Mechling and Higgs, see the early history of both the LDS and RLDS Church in terms of diverging mission statements. They feel that Brigham Young was able to install a version of the vision that Joseph Smith saw for the development of the Church, but those in the RLDS church were not able to successfully repeat this process because members of the RLDS did not separate themselves from the rest of the communities they lived in. The doctrine of the RLDS church at this time also tended to correct mis-impressions of church history and differentiate itself from the LDS Church in Utah, but did not provide a mission or direction for the church. In the 20th century, new theological directions for the RLDS church served to eliminate some of the distinctiveness of that organization, but did begin to cast the church in a more positive light. Both Churches reinvented themselves to some degree, but this process was far more difficult for the RLDS church.