The development of early Mormon religion is best viewed in the context of multiple discourses, each of which contained various competing symbols. These discourses shaped the mind and world-view of early Latter-day Saints and determined in part their behavior. Prophetic symbols existed simultaneously with other, more American symbols; and while neither discourse excluded the other, a prophetic discourse gradually came to dominate. At the same time, however, the American discourse in Mormon religion remained intact and continued to influence the behavior and actions of early Mormons.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Duncan, Jon M., "Multiple Discourses in Early Mormon Religion" (1998). Theses and Dissertations. 4651.
LDS, church history, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith, William Smith, Mormon, history, religion, debate