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Dialogue: Vol 34 No 3, 4
LDS ""Headquarters Culture"" and the Rest of Mormonism: Past and Present
LDS "Headquarters Culture" and the Rest of Mormonism: Past and Present D. Michael Quinri INTRODUCTION In December 1830 the founding Mormon prophet Joseph Smith Jr. announced a revelation which established the doctrine of "gathering" the new church's members at a headquarters area: "And again, a commandment I give unto the church, that it is expedient in me that they should assemble together at the Ohio. ..." (D&C 37: 3). Prior to that date, believers in The Book of Mormon were concentrated in three locations of western New York State: at Manchester /Palmyra (where the Smith family had lived a dozen years), also at Colesville, and at Fayette. Then from February 1831 to the end of 1837, the church was headquartered in Kirt-land, Ohio (near Cleveland). However, in July 1831 Joseph Smith announced another revelation that Missouri "is the land which I have appointed and consecrated for the gathering of the saints. Wherefore, this is the land of promise, and the place for the city of Zion.. . .Behold, the place which is now called Independence is the center place...." (D&C 57:1, 3). An 1832 revelation explained: "Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city of New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this 'Full version of the paper presented in abbreviated form at the Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City, 3 August 2000. As far as I am aware, I coined the term "headquarters culture," which appeared at various points in my 1994 The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power and my 1997 The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power. Those volumes lacked an interpretive overview of LDS headquarters culture, which this essay now provides.