In Pioneers in the Attic, Sara M. Patterson uses concepts of place and memory to examine how Latter-day Saints have thought about and identified sacred space. While most of the book looks at the twentieth century and the This Is The Place (TITP) Park, Patterson starts in Independence, Missouri, to demonstrate the importance of the concept of Zion in shaping Latter-day Saint relationships to place. In a 2014 visit to Independence, Patterson saw competing claims to sacred space and how, rather than explain their history as a shift from a Missouri-based Zion to a Utah-based Zion, Latter-day Saints pointed to a different kind of shift in their concept of Zion. Patterson, thus, is interested in these “creative slippages taking place within Mormonism between the literal and metaphorical, text and object, and history and space” (28). Latter-day Saints continue to prioritize memorializing sacred space and providing tactile experiences to remember...

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