Brigham Young isn't the name of a city such as Jacksonville or even a combination of two city names. It's the name of a man. He was the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons) from 1847 until his death in 1877. History tells us that he founded Salt Lake City in Utah which is the Rome of Mormonism.
Mormons come up in the media from time to time. They've become fairly hot in the past few years. During this pre-election period, Mitt Romney the former governor from Massachusetts and now Republican hopeful for president, has been scrutinized for many things, among them his Mormon faith. Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "Book of Mormon" won the Tony for Best Musical this past year. And "Big Love"and "Sister Wives" are television shows that highlight the Mormon concept of extended family.
|Parker and Stone's "The Book of Mormon"|
(Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 290).
The LDS have rebranded and backed off some of their earlier positions. Religions do change.We Catholics have had to move off some positions that were wrong-headed or bigoted. However, we weren't founded with those principles.
Although Mormonism differs vastly from Catholicism or even mainline Protestantism, some of the original racism, sexism and xenophobia has been cleaned up if not altogether eradicated.
And now take a look at the 2011 Cougar football team.