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Title: The development of a religious identity in women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Leeds and Chorley
Author: Myers, Daylin
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis explores the religious experience of female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Leeds and Preston areas. In 1998 this church constructed a temple in Charley that provides 10 its members sacred ordinances only associated with a temple. This study analyzes how a participatory religious experience mainly found in the temple and in the preservation of religious historical sites influenced the development of a woman's religious identity. This analysis is accomplished through an investigation of the temple, temple doctrine, especially that of the portrayal of Eve in the temple, and LDS historical sites. This work not only expands the general historical study of women and religion, it also provides insight into an underrepresented category in the field of LDS history. The primary sources for this study consist of oral interviews and a questionnaire that were designed and completed specifically for this thesis. Through an investigation of their own words, this thesis captures a portion of the influence a religious belief has on individuals. Compiling the responses permits a comparison amongst the women interviewed to discover the commonalities found among them. This study documents how LDS history, doctrine, and worship have a daily and life-changing influence on its adherents.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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