The purpose of this study was to determine the cultural and religious behavior of the Navaho Indians which caused animosity, resistance, or indifference to the religious teachings of the Latter-day Saints.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for many years, have been in frequent contact with the Navaho Indians. Thousands of Navaho youth have been enrolled in the Indian seminary program of the Church. Hundreds of other students have been involved in the Indian student placement program and the Brigham Young University Indian education program. Furthermore, the Church has contacted much of the population of the Navaho tribe through its vast missionary program. In spite of these vigorous attempts to convert the Navahos to the Mormon faith, areas of conflict have continued to exist.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Mathews, James D., "A Study of the Cultural and Religious Behavior of the Navaho Indians Which Caused Animosity, Resistance, or Indifference to the Religious Teachings of the Latter-Day Saints" (1968). All Theses and Dissertations. 4911.
Navajo Indians, Mormons, Relations with Indians, Church work with Indians, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints