Not long after, he was called as a missionary to the Upper Canada area, where he served until he learned of his wife's death and returned home. Penniless, a widower with small children and needing to borrow clothes from friends, he left Whitingham to join the church in Kirtland, Ohio. From their his life changed. His trade skills made him invaluable in building the first LDS temple in Kirtland, the second one in Nauvoo, Illinois when the church moved there, homes for families and even being called as an Apostle of the church. Called on a mission to England, he and others saw great success while gone for a few years. Receiving word that Joseph Smith and Hyrum were having false charges placed on them and no protection from mobs by the governor of Illinois, Young and others returned just after Joseph and Hyrum were murdered when in jail. Brigham took up the mantle as leader of the church and led the Saints west to the Salt Lake Valley establishing the state of Deseret. Under is long 30+ year leadership as Prophet of the church, colonies were established in Mexico and modern day California, Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado and Idaho. He presided over the rail roads connecting north of Salt Lake and was the Territorial Governor to Utah. Controversial to non-members of the church, the legacy of Brigham Young upon American history cannot be denied.
From Mormon Historic Sites: In 1950 a memorial was erected to commemorate his birthplace with President George Albert Smith dedicating the monument. At the unveiling, Judge Harrie B. Chase of the United States Court of Appeals representing the Whitingham township remarked, 'The name Brigham Young has become accepted as a symbol of perseverance, courage to bear difficulties, and capacity to surmount them. This monument is a fitting tribute to a great American, Whitingham’s famous son.'1
Young was the subject of the 1940 film Brigham Young starring Tyrone Power and Dean Jagger as Young
More about Brigham Young can be learned from links listed below, by members and missionaries of the church and mormon.org and LDS.org.