Celebrations in the latter half of the 19th century emphasized how Mormons were a free, blessed, and chosen people. With sandblasting technology in the s, carving images of temples became much easier. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. According to William Wilson, Three Nephites stories "reflect and reinforce church programs and, by endowing them with mystical values, place them beyond criticism or questioning. The folk belief that there exists only one suitable marriage partner, perpetuated in Mormon media but not supported by Mormon theology, exacerbates this anxiety. Some songs satirized other religions, as in "The God that others worship" set to the tune "The rose that all are praising. Floats and decorations celebrated agricultural bounties that Mormons saw as God blessing their settlement.
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