Why Did the Mormons Move West?


The most likely reason for the Mormon migration to the west was to escape prosecution from Illinois citizens who were against their practices. In one month alone in 1845, more than 200 Mormon homes and farm buildings were burned around Nauvoo in an attempt by foes to force out the Mormons, leading to the exodus.
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The Mormons moved west primarily to avoid persecution from the government and from non-Mormons whom they referred to as Gentiles. They moved to Kirtland Ohio in 1831 to Missouri in 1837, to Illinois in 1839 and eventually settled in Great Salt Lake city in 1847. The founder of the Mormons, also called Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844.
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