This thesis is a study of the members of the Manchester Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1838 – 1860. It is a social examination of the converts and reveals that Manchester Mormons were prototypes of many members who joined the Church throughout England.
Most Mormons were young, and were baptized in their twenties or early thirties. Many were single. The Mormon congregation was representative of the working class citizenry of town. Almost all worked with their hands. Living conditions varied. Some members were affluent by working class standards and some barely survived. However, the majority were able to live.
Manchester Mormons were people in a community within a community. Despite their diverse economic circumstances, they were united by a common bond, their religion. They were able to help each other economically and spiritually. While most of their neighbors were apathetic to religion, Mormons were seekers for truth, and found it in their new religion.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Harris, Jan G., "Mormons in Victorian England" (1987). Theses and Dissertations. 4767.
Mormon Church, Branches, Manchester, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Manchester Branch, England, Religious life, customs