Dedicating and Consecrating the Land : Mormon Ritual Performance in Palestine
Lederhendler, Eli,Sarna, Jonathan D.
America and Zion : Essays and Papers in Memory of Moshe Davis
Wayne State University Press
"On at least six separate occasions between 1841 and 1933, apostolic envoys of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) traveled to Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine to 'dedicate and consecrate' the land for the 'gathering together of Judah's scattered remnants' for the restoration of Jewish political autonomy within this territory, and for the renewal of the landscape sufficient to sustain a large and flourishing population. These ritual benedictions, and the practices that preceded and followed them, were an expression of formative Mormon ideology regarding the centrality of covenant communities residing upon sacred territory." [From author's introduction]