“Those years during which the activities of Mormonism were largely centered in Ohio and Missouri were among the most important and the most tragic in the history of the [Church]. During this time the basic organization of Church government was established; many fundamental and distinguishing doctrines were pronounced by Joseph Smith; the work spread abroad for the first time; and, concurrent with this development, the Church was subjected to intense persecution which cost the lives of many and from which all of the Saints suffered seriously.
“While events of historical importance were going on in both locations contemporaneously [at the same time], communication between the two groups was limited because of difficulties of transportation, although officers of the Church traveled from one location to the other as necessity required” (Hinckley,Truth Restored, 41).
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