Mormons exhibited a willingness to assimilate into the Montana farming and small community culture. They came mainly in search of land and as the Mormons dispersed a carried their religion with them, they acted similar their Utah counterparts. Their attitudes toward their fellow citizens were usually characterized by good will. they also influenced contemporary Montanans by bringing church buildings into areas and organizing activities. Their political influence was never large in Montana, but they did show their patriotic spirit during times of war on elections. Even though Mormons found difficulties in Montana, they built up communities and had a tendency to form enclaves of uniformity. Montana was home to Mormon schisms such as the RLDS and Morrisites before the mainstream Mormons began seeking out homesteads. The manner in which the Mormons treated the land was shaped by their irrigating past in Utah and Idaho. Their common belief that land was placed there for man's use showed itself in their irrigation efforts and raising of livestock. As Montana was increasingly industrialized, more Mormons moved off the family farms and found jobs within the cities. For the Mormons who came here initially to mine or seek urban employment, they found themselves members of increasingly larger wards and stakes. The Mormons tried to increase their numbers through sharing their religious message with both other settlers and the Native Americans, for whom they felt they had special mission. The Mormons assimilated themselves into towns and today number enough member that they no long er feel like a curious minority.