Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Canada Trip, Part 5

Historic marker outside the temple.

Home of Charles Ora Card, now a museum.

Canadian flag outside the temple.

Mormon Heritage

Mormon culture dominates Southern Alberta. In fact, visitors to Cardston will find evidence of Mormonism at every turn, from the imposing granite temple overlooking the town, to the dozens of LDS chapels dotting the countryside. Southern Alberta might easily resemble the Utah of Canada.

Charles Ora Card founded Cardston as a haven for those escaping persecution in the United States. He had been arrested under anti-polygamy laws, but escaped and traveled north across the border to establish a new colony for the church. The primary settlement still bears his name and continues to prosper as a Canadian hub of Mormon culture.

More to come...

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