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As Smith, his brother Hyrum, and other church leaders were held in jail awaiting trial, a mob broke into the jail and killed Joseph and Hyrum Smith on June 27, 1844.
Following the death of their leader, Brigham Young (1801-1877), the president of the Council of Twelve Apostles, gained the trust of most of Smith's followers.
A significant consequence of this tradition has been the development of an enduring sense of territoriality that has given a distinctive cast to Mormon group consciousness.
Much of the Mormon identity comes from its history.
Some Mormons reported that when Young spoke to them he sounded like Smith.
These people saw this as a heavenly manifestation that Young was to be the next leader. Young led the work to complete the temple in Nauvoo and continued to give the members the ordinances he learned from Smith.
The Mormons received a liberal charter from the state that allowed them to have their own militia and courts.
From here Smith continued to send out missionaries. One of Smith's revelations, plural marriage, caused special problems for the Mormons.