Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trying to Lure in Supper

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Mormon Battalion member William Bryan Pace left Salt Lake City with others trying to connect with their families that were still at Winter Quarters. It was a trying trip. Caught in a snow storm with no food he killed a donkey in hopes of luring what in for supper?
a.                  Buffalo
b.                  Elk
c.                   Bear
d.                  Wolf
Yesterday’s answer:
b.   The date that the other men would join the church
From the life of Homer Duncan:   Elder Duncan writes: “When I was fifteen years of age, I first heard a portion of the Book of Mormon read, and also the testimony of the witnesses. I was convinced of its truthfulness. In the later part of July, 1831, I had a vision. Between twelve and one o’clock, noon, while in my bedroom, my eyes were opened so that I could see far away to the west. As I looked, I saw two Elders coming to our place, who, when they arrived, said, ‘We have new manna from heaven, just sent down.; They further said that they were sowing it broadcast over the earth, and every person who partook of it, and who continued to do so, would be saved, while those that rejected it would be damned. Many partook of it, some liking it and others turning away from it. Of those that partook were my father, who was a Congregationalist deacon, Hazen Aldrich, a Methodist class leader, Daniel S. Miles, a Universalist, and Orson Johnson, an atheist. I saw them baptized on the 15th day of May, 1832, and I saw that I would be plowing in the field that day. I also saw that Hazen Aldrich would apostatize, and that I would join the Church after that. I likewise saw my brother Chapman go to the western States to be baptized. This was the end of the vision. The Elders that I saw were Orson Pratt and Lyman E. Johnson, and they did baptize the four men on the 15th day of May, 1832, and I was also ploughing in the fields on that day, as I had seen in the vision. My brother was baptized in 1832, in Jackson county, Missouri. Hazen Aldrich apostatized during the winter of 1837-38.  

Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 622.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Right Down to the Detail

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Early member of the Church, Homer Duncan, saw a vision prior to his and other men joining the Church that let him know that soon he would be a member. The vision was so detailed that he knew what?
a.                  The mission he would be called to serve in
b.                  The date that the other men in the vision would be baptized
c.                   The name of his first Sunday school teacher
d.                  His address where he would reside in Salt Lake City
Yesterday’s answer:
d.   Ward Special Police Captain
From the life of Charles Henry Crow:   Soon after his arrival in Utah he located in the Eleventh Ward, Salt Lake City, which was his home until his death. Soldiers who were located at Fort Douglas frequently were guilty of disturbing the peace and robbing the gardens of vegetables and fruits. The people and their possessions needed protection, and for many years special police were on guard. For a great many years he was captain of the Eleventh Ward Special Police, a body of men who risked many dangers at the hands of reckless characters, and who did service for many years without thought of monetary reward.

Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 622.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Most Likely the Strangest Calling in the Church

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Charles Henry Crow of the Salt Lake Eleventh Ward most likely had the strangest call in Church history (1850’s into the 1860’s). What was his call?
a.                  Relief Society President
b.                  Young Woman’s President
c.                   Primary President
d.                  Ward Special Police Captain
Yesterday’s answer:
C.   Susa Young Gates
Susa Young Gates:   Gates was the only woman to occupy an office in the LDS Church Office Building. She called most LDS Church leaders by pet nicknames while inspiring their confidence: “I was jokingly referred to by one of the church authorities as the Thirteenth Apostle. He told me that if he could just put breeches on me, he would put me in the quorum.” Described by a journalist-colleague as a “courageous thinker, a clear speaker and a direct observer.” Gates’s presence at LDS general conference sessions was institutionalized at the press table where she occupied a reserved seat for fifty years.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7,

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“The Thirteenth Apostle”

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Who was referred to as the Thirteenth Apostle?
a.                  Porter Rockwell
b.                  Lucy Mack Smith
c.                   Susa Young Gates
d.                  Lot Smith
Yesterday’s answer:
C.   Six feet
Utah was to become a state. There was a great deal of excitement in anticipating this coming event. Everyone seemed busy making ready for the big celebration that was to take place in the famous Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. People traveled from all parts of Utah to attend. It took some people two or more days to reach Salt Lake. Some came in surreys; some came in wagons; some came in wagon boxes, and some came on hayracks with hay to feed their horses. They parked their teams back of what was then the tithing office.
   Committees were appointed to prepare for this long-awaited event. One committee was headed by Hyrum B. Clawson, bishop of one of the wards. He said, “We will make an American flag so the people of Utah will see, for the first time, the 45th star—the Utah Star—placed on the blue field of our beloved American flag.” This flag was marked and cut by my brother, David Glade, and was made on the high-powered sewing machines in the ZCMI clothing factory. This flag was 160 feet long and 78 feet wide. The stripes were six feet in width. The stars were six feet from tip to tip. These dimensions were handed to me by my brother on a little card that is now yellow with age. 
   Six women were asked to make this flag. I was the youngest of the group, the other five being considerably older than I. The flag was made of good bunting, and every seam was felled to give it strength. Placing the stars on the blue field was the hardest task and the most tedious. The blue was put in blocks with each block large enough to place a star on it. The blocks were then joined together. By this method we were able to do a better job of placing the stars on the blue field. It took one week, working eight to ten hours a day, to make the flag. When it was finished, it took eight strong men to lift it.
   We who worked on the flag were not told where it was to be placed. We knew it could not be placed on a flagpole. We were soon to find out that it was to be placed in the Tabernacle and would form a ceiling. The blue field was placed near the large organ in the northwest part of the Tabernacle. There was nine feet of space between the dome of the Tabernacle ceiling and the flag. When the air circulated through this space, it caused the flag to ripple across the ceiling. What a beautiful sight! As I watched the flag as it rippled across the ceiling, tears filled my eyes and a lump came up in my throat. I felt this flag was saying, “Proudly I wave over you, home of the brave and land of the free!” Utah was certainly a home of the brave. Our brave pioneers suffered and came here to have freedom of worship.
   It was now time for the ceremonies to begin. A large electric light had been placed just back of the Utah star. The audience was seated and attention given to the speaker. At the designated time, the light was turned on, and the Utah star shone out bright and beautiful. People wept with joy and were filled with humility as they saw the Utah star take its place with the other forty-four stars representing the states in the Union. The dream of the people of Utah had come true! For the first time the Utah star took its place on the blue field of our beloved flag. Patience and hard work had been rewarded. For many years this flag had the distinct honor of being the largest flag ever made.
   The flag stayed on the ceiling of the Tabernacle for one and one-half years. It was then taken down and placed on the south wall of the outside of the Temple. It covered the entire wall. This was July 24, 1897, celebrating fifty years since the coming of the first pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley. We last saw the flag adorning the Temple. Many prominent people have tried to trace the flag’s whereabouts, but have not succeeded.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 217-218.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Size of the Utah Star

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What was the size of the “Utah Star” on the United States flag made to celebrate Utah becoming the 45th state?
a.                  6 centimeters
b.                  6 inches
c.                   6 feet
d.                  6 yards
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  90 miles
In 1896:  We have in Utah 1,315 miles of railroad and 90 miles of street railroad.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 210.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Developing Utah

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As cities grow, transportation is implemented to serve those that live in the area. Salt Lake City was no different. As the city developed, track was laid down for street cars. By 1896, how miles of street car track did Salt Lake City have?
a.                  90 miles
b.                  55 miles
c.                   10 miles
d.                  32 miles
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  The Sunday when every family in the Church contributed a nickel to offset Sunday school expenses
Priesthood and auxiliary programs had changed little, although the monthly fast day would be moved from the first Thursday to the first Sunday in 1896, and “Nickel Sunday” was shifted from September to October in 1895, the thirtieth year of Mormon Sunday Schools. (Nickel Sunday was a means of raising funds once a year for Sunday School expenses. Every family would contribute a nickel for each family member. It later became “Dime Sunday” and was eventually discontinued.)

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 198.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Nickel Sunday

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What was “Nickel Sunday?”
a.                  The Sunday when every family in the Church contributed a nickel to offset Sunday school expenses
b.                  The play used by the first basketball team to win the All Church tournament
c.                   The fifth Sunday of every month when the priesthood and Relief Society met together in a joint meeting
d.                  The fifth Sunday of the month
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  A shotgun fired.
At 9:13 this morning the usual early-morning serenity of East Temple Street was decidedly disturbed owning to the fact that Superintendent Brown of the Western Union Telegraph company was observed to rush frantically out of the office armed with an old reliable shotgun, the contents of which belched forth in two resounding reports. A small boy in the near vicinity dived for an adjacent doorway, his juvenile brain probably having grasped the idea that a holdup or bank robbery was in progress.
After the excitement had subsided somewhat, it dawned on the rapidly accumulation crowd that the Chief Magistrate [President Cleveland] in Washington had signed the Statehood Proclamation. [The crowd] showed their appreciation of the fact by giving vent to a cheer. The news spread like wildfire, and on all sides’ merchants proceeded to decorate their stores and building with national emblems, bunting, and Old Glory. Messrs. George M. Scott and Cunningham & Company erected some temporary but effective steam whistles outside their respective places of business. The Stars and Stripes were strung across from the east and west towers to the [Salt Lake] Temple.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 190-191.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Morning the News Broke

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When the news broke that Utah was officially a state, what was the first act of celebration in Salt Lake City?
a.                  Church bells ringing
b.                  A shotgun fired
c.                   The Mormon Tabernacle choir singing
d.                  A cannon fired
Yesterday’s answer:
D.   Called on a mission
B. H. Roberts was one of a committee appointed by the Church to draft a petition to the President and people of the United States praying for protection against the harsh and unlawful acts of the antipolygamy crusaders. Early in the summer of 1886, Mr. Roberts became associate editor of the Salt Lake Herald.
   The following winter he was charged with violating the Edmunds law. He paid a bond in the sum of one thousand dollars. It was suggested that he forfeit the bond and leave immediately on a mission to Great Britain. He was arrested at Six o’clock in the evening and gave bond within the hour. At nine o’clock he was called on a mission to Great Britain, and at ten he left Salt Lake City on his way to Liverpool, calling at his home in Centerville en route. A fast team drove him to Peterson in Morgan County where he boarded an east-bound train. He was warmly welcomed in Liverpool by President Daniel H. Wells. Under him he labored three months as associate editor of the Millennial Star. He returned home in October 1888.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 184.