The British Government and the Mormon Question, 1910-1922
Journal of Church and State
The presence of American Mormon missionaries in Great Britain sparked violence and had political and diplomatic implications. Fear that the missionaries would lure young women to Utah to be subjected to polygamy promoted some to demand that Parliament expel the missionaries, but the government did not act legislatively. After World War I the Home Office abandoned its policay of toleration and refused entry to Mormon missionaries. Pressure from the American government was influential in having the ban lifted.