Why did the Mormons establish their church in the desert by the Great Salt Lake?

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) was founded in New York state in 1830, and church headquarters quickly moved to Ohio, then to Missouri and Illinois due to extreme persecution. Because the Mormons faced violence in the east, they moved to the desert near the Great Salt Lake to practice their religion in peace, arriving there in 1847.
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Is the Great Salt Lake a desert?

Answer . The Great Salt Lake In Utah is a highly briny remnant lake of prehistoric Lake Bonneville and is located within the Great Salt Lake Desert.

Who led the Mormons to the Great Salt Lake?

Brigham Young was the Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Later Day Saints by the time the Mormon migration reached Utah.. Prior to Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, orig

Why did the Mormons go west to settle at the great salt lake?

The Mormon pioneers moved west because they had been kicked out of every other state they had attempted to settle in, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. At the time, the area aroun

Why did the Mormons locate in Great Salt Lake?

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Who led the Mormons to the area around the great salt lakes?

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What is the name of the Mormon cathedral in the Great Salt Lake?

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What did the mormons call their settlement on the Great Salt Lake?

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