Religious and Ethnic Diversity Essay
February 3, 2013
Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Mormonism is a uniquely American religion, have been founded by Joseph Smith Jr., of New York ("The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints", 2013). Mormonism originated in the 1820s, as described by the Church’s website, when Joseph Smith Jr. was confused and frustrated by the various Christian religions and was unable to choose one to follow. He turned to the Bible, which told him to ask God when he lacked wisdom. So he prayed to God, and was visited by the Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. According to one of the members of the governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Bruce McConkie (1958), “Mormonism is …show more content…
As with most religious groups in relationship with others who do not share their beliefs, Mormons have faced discrimination and persecution. According to Bushman (2008), they left New York to avoid confrontation, were expelled from Ohio and again later from Missouri. They settled peacefully in Illinois for a while, but conflicts escalated and ultimately lead to the death of The Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. The source of this prejudice and discrimination are all too common. Simply said, Mormon beliefs and practices are just different enough from the mainstream to cause them to be shunned. Prejudice, and its ultimate response, is caused by a lack of understanding and a fear of what is different or unknown.
Learning about the origin and history of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints leads to a basic understanding of the plight of all religions. I almost every case, each religion has faced persecution and discrimination, often at the hands of a competing religion.
While religious groups face prejudice and discrimination for their beliefs and faith, race and ethnic groups face discrimination because of the color of their skin, their ancestry, and their culture. The plight of Black people, people of African descent, is perhaps the most prominent