Building Community : The Fundamentalist Mormon Concept of Space
Taysom, Stephen C.
Dimensions of Faith : A Mormon Studies Reader
Salt Lake City
"This article asserts that the FLDS--the polygamists of Colorado City/Hildale--continue to build community today with patterns from the Mormon world of the 1830s. Mormons brought a conceptual map with them that traveled through Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois to the Great Basin in the second half of the nineteenth century. Historical and sociological attention paid to the fundamentalists has focused on polygamy, communal patterns, and other such distinctive practices. This article considers their spatial world. What does their distinctive sense of space say about their values, beliefs, and history. What does it say about their attitudes and relationships toward each other? What does it say about their relationship with the mother Church?" [From author's introduction]