Thursday, December 14, 2017

Letting Them Go Home Early

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J. Golden Kimball was assigned to go to St. George for their summer stake conference. All were fasting that day and it was hot. There was still one more meeting. J. Golden Kimball said he would let all go home early if they did what?
a.   Promised not to break their fast
b.   Promised not to let the Prophet know
c.   Donated extra to Fast and Offerings
d.   Buy an Improvement Era subscription
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   House of the Lord
In reference to the 1835 mission of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: Records kept in the 1835-36 period usually refer to the Kirtland Temple as “the House of the Lord”; infrequently the word “chapel” is used; “temple” did not become standard until later.

Ronald K. Esplin and Sharon E. Nielsen, The Record of the Twelve, 1835, BYU Studies, Vol. 51, Number 1, 2012, 6.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It Hasn’t Always Been the Kirtland Temple

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According to BYU Studies, the word “temple” was not used in the Kirtland area during 1835-36. If it wasn’t the Kirtland Temple, then what was it?
a.                  Chapel
b.                  House of the Lord
c.                   Meeting house
d.                  Community Center
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Sharing the songs of Zion
From the life of Martha Phelps Abraham:   Martha was born in England (South Wales), 1831. She was baptized into the LDS church 14 Feb 1844. She was one of five children. At age twenty-one she married James Abraham, 8 Nov 1852, in England. They were both concert singers, so for the next two years they walked through their native land singing the songs of Zion and bearing fervent testimony to the truthfulness of the gospel. During this two year period of time, Martha gave birth to two children who died in infancy. They had two more children and in 1859 they emigrated to America with their two little girls, sailing on the “Underwriter.” They settled in Pennsylvania where James worked in the coal mines. Another daughter was born there and died in infancy.

International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, (Publishers Press, 1998), 1:4.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sharing Their Testimony

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Martha Phelps Abraham married in 1852. After she married her husband, the two of them shared their testimonies by traveling throughout England and doing what?
a.                  Street boarding
b.                  Tracting
c.                   Missionary splits
d.                  Singing the songs of Zion
Yesterday’s answer:
A.                    Printing
The average annual income for someone living in 1830 was around $500. The first Book of Mormon printing cost six times that amount. To put that in perspective, the median annual salary in the United States today is $50,000. Meaning the $3,000 it cost to print the Book of Mormon would be the equivalent of at least $300,000 today. This high cost—a combination of the large number of copies, higher-quality binding materials, and lack of other printing options-was a massive financial burden that Joseph Smith never could have hoped to pay for alone. He needed Martin Harris help financing the publication of the book through mortgaging his property.

From the Editors of the Joseph Smith Papers, 20 Things you Didn’t Know About Church History, LDS Living, September/October 2015, 33.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Reversed Inflation

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The average annual income has increased 100 times over that at the time of Joseph Smith. What cost has not risen when comparing Joseph Smith’s day with ours?
a.                  Candy
b.                  Printing
c.                   Travel
d.                  Food
Yesterday’s answer:
A.                    Hawaiian
La’ie [Hawaii] Saints were disfellowshipped en masse when they rebelled against directives to stop drinking awa—and, even more upsetting to them, to root up that lucrative cash crop altogether.

Gathering to La’ie, Riley M. Moffat, Fred E. Woods, and Jeffrey N. Walker, BYU Studies, Vol. 52, No. 3, 2013, 183.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Disfellowshipped En Masse

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During the 1800’s, which Saints were disfellowshipped in large numbers for failing to stop the drinking of a certain beverage?
a.                  Hawaiian
b.                  British
c.                   Danish
d.                  Indian
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Iowa
In the Mormon Trail’s twenty-three-year history, a handful of years merit special attention because of their historical importance: 1846 for the exoduses from Nauvoo, 1847 for the first companies to Utah, 1849 for the God Rush, 1856 for the first handcart companies, and 1861 for the first down-and-back wagon companies. To that list, the pivotal year 1852 needs to be added and its story told.
A vigorous Church campaign closed down about forty lingering LDS settlements in Iowa in 1852. Branches transformed into wagon trains, whose pullouts terminated what had been a strong Mormon presence in the Midwest for five years, and brought to completion the Nauvoo exodus process. This Church-ordered evacuation completed a covenant the Saints made in Nauvoo to help all go west who needed assistance. It produced the Mormon Trail’s heaviest traffic in any year before or after. It terminated six years of Winter Quarters and Kanesville being the out fitting point for LDS emigrating companies. It planted handcart seeds that sprouted four year later. And it let Perpetual Emigrating Fund assistance shift from Nauvoo exiles to European Saints.

The Closedown of LDS Iowa Settlements in 1852 That Completed the Nauvoo Exodus and Jampacked the Mormon Trail, William G. Hartley, BYU Studies, Vol. 52, No. 3, 2013, 63-64.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The 1852 Church Ordered Evacuation

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In 1852 what did the First Presidency order to be evacuated?
a.                  California
b.                  Nauvoo
c.                   Kirtland
d.                  Iowa
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)                 President Joseph F. Smith
[Joseph F.] Smith seemed conscious of his limited formal education. Near the end of his life, he lamented that, unlike some of his more educated colleagues, “he would be forgotten because he had no written work to leave behind.” This prompted John A. Widtsoe to work with others to compile Smith’s sermons and writings into the text Gospel Doctrine. The volume was formally presented to Smith just seventeen days before his death.

Joseph F. Smith and the Reshaping of Church Education, Scott C. Esplin, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 3, 2013, 45.            

Friday, December 8, 2017

Widtsoe Took on the Challenge

Elder John A. Widtsoe
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A colleague of John A. Widtsoe once made the comment because of his lack of education he would be forgotten because he left so little written material behind. This was enough for Elder Widtsoe to compile his colleague’s writings. Who was the colleague?
a.                  President Joseph F. Smith
b.                  President Lorenzo Snow
c.                   President George Albert Smith
d.                  President David O. McKay
Yesterday’s answer:
C.   The beehive
The beehive is one of the most common and enduring symbols within Mormonism, used ubiquitously. For example, it appears in publications, logos, architecture, and is the name of one of the Young Women’s classes. It is an official emblem for the state of Utah, where it is used on the state seal, the state flag, highway signs, historic money, police cars, and more. The beehive is used widely in popular culture and names of businesses in Utah. Today the beehive is seen as a symbol of industry, teamwork, and unity. But evidence shows that Church leaders in the late 1840s had a different concept in mind. For them, the beehive represented the kingdom of God.

The Symbolism of the Beehive in Latter-day Saint Tradition, Val Brinkerhoff, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 2, 2013, 141.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Most Common LDS Symbol

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What is the most common LDS symbol?
a.                  The handcart
b.                  The BYU signature “Y”
c.                   The beehive
d.                  The seagull
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)               The endowment
A complete understanding of the far-reaching significance of these ordinances, and of their full doctrinal import, did not fully take hold upon the faithful in Nauvoo. “Those who went through the Temple at Nauvoo,” Brigham Young recalled in 1851, “know but very little about the endowments. There was no time to learn them and what little they did learn they have most of them forgotten it.” He also said, “Everything at Nauvoo went with a rush. We had to build the Tempe with the trowel in one hand, the sword in the other.”

“Which is the Wisest Course,” The Transformation in Mormon Temple Consciousness, 1870-1898. Richard E. Bennett, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 2, 2013, 9.