Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 150-151 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Bloomfield Township (Mich.) -- Religious life Subject
Mormons -- Michigan -- History Subject
Smith, Joseph, 1832-1914 Item Number
part of 'Bloomfield Blossoms' by Kay Smith Type
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MORMON CONVERSIONS IN 1834 AND
THE STRONG CHURCHES OF 1976
Joseph Smith, leader of the Mormons, came to Bloomfield
several times. A cousin of his was married to Almon
Mack, of Pontiac, and he visited her often and converted
the family to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter
Day Saints. The fire of his preachings spread quickly
through Bloomfield and many families embraced the new
faith, enduring Baptism by complete immersion in ice cold
lakes where a hole made in the ice was the Baptismal font.
While many families abandoned their land and followed
Joseph Smith to Nauvoo, Illinois, where he met his death
at the hands of an enraged mob, others who stayed in
Bloomfield gradually drifted back to their original faiths.
Today, church involvement is very strong in Bloomfield.
Twelve denominations have 19 churches here, many with
several church buildings in different locations. As the
population grew, so did the number of churches, often
designed by an outstanding architect. Traditional
architecture and ultra-modern design are both visible.
The major denominations in the area today are Baptists,
Episcopalians, Jews, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians
and Roman Catholics.