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杨百翰 (Brigham Young) 定居在大盐湖谷
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他们开始一段变化莫测且长达千里远的旅程,寻找一个新的地方能够定居,那就是乐土。在1847724日,精疲力竭的杨百翰和他「末世圣徒教会(Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)里的同伴到达犹他州的大盐湖区,并且在此定居称之为家。一般人所知道的摩门教徒 (Mormons) 逃到西部的原因是为了躲避宗教歧视的现象。在先知与创造者约瑟夫.史密斯 (Joseph Smith) 遭到暗杀之后,他们知道他们必须要离开旧有的伊利诺州的居处。许多摩门教徒在前往犹他州洛机山脉的途中,因为受不了寒冷的天气而死亡。当他们到达大盐湖区域时,他们发现这个地方是多么与世隔绝。那为什么他们要定居在这里呢?


They had embarked on a treacherous thousand-mile journey, looking for a new place to settle the "Promised Land." On July 24, 1847, an exhausted Brigham Young and his fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints arrived in Utah's Great Salt Lake Valley and called it home. The Mormons, as they were commonly known, had moved west to escape religious discrimination. After the murder of founder and prophet Joseph Smith, they knew they had to leave their old settlement in Illinois. Many Mormons died in the cold, harsh winter months as they made their way over the Rocky Mountains to Utah. When they reached the Salt Lake area, they saw it was remote and wild. So why did they settle there?

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