If I remember my Utah history correctly, there was a movement afoot in Congress
in the late 1800s to shrink the size of "Utah" even further than its
current boundaries, to limit the political power of the Mormons. This mini-Utah
would have been limited to just the narrow strip of populated land along the
Wasatch Front. In effect, the Mormons would have ended up on their own
reservation, just like the Indians. A similar plan was floated in the late
1840s, to place the Saints on a 25 square mile reservation in Wisconsin, but
nothing ever came of it because the Saints left the United States, however
@country momYou have that a little backwards, the Mormons asked the
President for help, and he agreed on the condition a few hundred of them enlist.
Quid pro quo, no?
Have you been to an LDS meeting where the congregation pledges support for the
leaders? It would be your choice to join the united order or not. In the LDS
faith you always have a choice, and have to face the consequences of the choices
you make. The State of Deseret would have had all faiths in it and our
ancestors pledged support for the constition and the United States of America.
Right after they had been so wrongly kicked out of Illinois, and Missouri; after
the Governor of Missouri issued an extermination order for all Mormons, the
President of the United States sent a request for conscription for men to fight
in the Mexican American war. The same President who would not help the Saints,
or even denounce the murder of Joesph Smith. These LDS men left their families
and went on the longest march in US history, because they loved this country.
Sometimes I wish I lived in Deseret. What would Deseret's budget look like?
Would Deseret be involved in foreign military excursions? Would Deseret's
schools be failing, despite making it one of their largest expenditures. How
would unemployment be handled in Deseret? What would Deseret's tax code look
like? Would the culture of Deseret require me to work on Sundays? What would
Deseret's social welfare programs look like? Imagine the possibilites.
So we could have been an independent nation-state with our own theocratic
government promoting socialist ideals, e.g., the Z.C.M.I? Other than the Utah
State Constitution, how's that much different than the status quo?
This is an interesting article providing a glimpse of how 'things used to be' to
those of us new to the state. Thanks!
Another reference to Deseret: the Salt Lake Bees.
I'm not sure that the nation would have worked with rhode islands and new
hampshires and then 'deseret'. What is a deseret, anyway? Is it like a
'ranchette', an acreage with cowboy pretense? Should have just called it
'desert'. It's really big, arid, and, at that time, pretty empty. Desert.
Anyway, we're fortunate that we've got neighbours that are now out of state,
like wendover or evanston or mesquite. Whatever it is, deseret is contained.