In Lieu of History : Mormon Monuments and the Shaping of Memory
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
Laga features Latter Day Saints geographer Michael H. Madsen who provide a useful history of Mormon pilgrimage destinations, noting that in 1880 the Church largely ignored the eastern sites. Among others, Madsen observe the rhetoric currently employed by the missionary guides at Mormon historical sites which is a contributing factor in the sanctification of these places and the missionaries often quote to authenticate the site's holiness. These church sites are civil spaces where Americans of various ideological persuasions come, not always reverently, to compete for the ownership of powerful national stories.