Brigham Young Memorial
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This memorial to one of the most important figures in the history of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) stands on Temple Square in the dead center of Salt Lake City.
His immediate predecessor, Joseph Smith, had received divine revelations that form the backbone of the Mormon theology, but it was Young who brought the Mormons to Utah and settled this area.
The building behind the memorial is the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, housing various offices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The State of Utah is heavily influenced by the Mormons; over 60% of the state’s population is Mormon, Mormon history and motif are prominent throughout the state, and the state is also socially and politically very conservative (though Salt Lake City is surprisingly secular and liberal).
Brigham Young founded the state’s two key universities as well – University of Utah (public and secular today), located only a mile or so to the east, and Brigham Young University (Mormon affiliated with severe moral codes for students), located about 30 miles to the south in Provo.