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As the church grew and developed, he received additional revelations that the Mormons view as scripture; these teachings are recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants.From his New York base, Smith sent his followers out to seek converts; the majority of growth during this period occurred in Ohio.

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Members accept the Book of Mormon as a religious history of a people who saw the United States as a land of promise where Christ's church could be restored before His second coming.

As historian Dean May explains, "The Mormons have been influenced subsequently by ritual tales of privation, wandering, and delivery under God's hand, precisely as the Jews have been influenced by their stories of the Exodus.

Using the powers granted by Nauvoo's charter, Smith destroyed not only the newspaper but also the press.

The city courts released him, but the state arrested him for treason.

Still, Utah is 77 percent Mormon, but only about one-eighth of the church members (1,363,000) live there.