Letters To The Editor - Clarification offered on settler

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Mormon is a nickname given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the article about the presentation at the Fort Walla Walla Museum by Ron Klicker of his portrayal of his great-great-grandfather, Bror Sorenson, the headline describes him as an early Mormon settler.

In actuality, Bror Sorenson was a member of the Church of the Firstborn which began in 1860, and its adherents were known as Morrisites. This church was formed as an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1861, Joseph Morris and his followers were removed from membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

There are other schismatic sects that emerged from The Church of the Firstborn until 1969.

The confusion is understandable, but I just felt a need to clarify that Bror Sorenson was not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or a Mormon, as the article states, but was, instead a Morrisite.

Barbara Hawks

Milton-Freewater

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