During the 1960s what became popular in Italy that allowed the missionaries to take advantage of in their labors?
The settlement process took its most important step forward because of concerns at LDS Church headquarters over the safety of local resident throughout the territory. Conformations with Ute tribes in Utah and Sanpete valleys and minor skirmishes elsewhere prompted the action that inaugurated a fifth stage in the creation of a defined settlement. In 1853, Brigham Young ordered the construction of fortifications in all Utah communities. Where city plats did not exist, he asked that they be surveyed and surrounded with a wall. Because the city plats did not yet exist in Davis County, each bishop and his ward members selected a place, and local surveyor laid out a new Mormon town.
With the plat defined, farmers were expected to build houses on lots inside these new walled villages. Theoretically it was for the protection of their families. The long-range effect was the creation of an urban center surrounded by farms—the Zion model. Some families dismantled and relocated their log homes. Others built new homes of wood or adobe and kept the farmhouse as a livestock shelter. Even this major step that brought people together in a formal setting did not create a city. The bishop remained the leader of the village/ward for those living inside the wall and on the farms within ward boundaries. The city plat functioned as a geographic definition of a city-in-the-making. There existed no civil government calling itself a town or city. The dominant defining element for both religious and civic services remained the Mormon ward. Like much of pioneer Utah, the residents of Davis County lived under a theocratic government.
Glen M. Leonard, Seeking An Inheritance: Mormon Mobility, Urbanity, and Community, Journal of Mormon History, Spring 2014, 44.