LeRoy Anderson in 1981 first published, under the title For
Christ Will Come Tomorrow, his definitive study of a
charismatic, millenarian prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of
the Most High. He told there of a Mormon posse's 1862 attack on the
Morrisite compound, killing Joseph Morris, and of the continuing
Morrisite movement, which survived into the mid-twentieth century.
In this newly revised edition, Anderson revisits his subject by
referring to more recently discovered documents, considering other
scholars' continuing work on Morris's sect and related subjects,
and examining a 1980s messianic sect that claimed a direct
connection to the Morrisites.
New documentary sources include a holograph "History of George
Morris," written by Joseph Morris's brother, which Anderson quotes
at length. What was once a little-studied subject has since
received attention from a number of scholars. Anderson references
such current work on Mormon schismatic movements and broader
subjects, much of which drew on his work. Perhaps the book's most
interesting and unintended influence was on that obscure 1980s
messianic sect, in Montana, which learned of Morris through
Joseph Morris and the Saga of the Morrisites.
Subjects: History, Religion
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