Thursday, November 22, 2012

President Joseph F. Smith’s Inquiry

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President Joseph F. Smith

Section 138 of the Doctrine and Covenants was given to President Joseph F. Smith a day before the 1918 fall General Conference of the Church. What situations prompted President Smith to inquire of the Lord?

A)     The lack of tithing being contributed to the Church

B)     An increase in Sabbath breaking

C)     Justification in breaking the word of wisdom

D)     The number of deaths as a result of World War I and the Spanish Influenza

Yesterday’s answer:

C)   Wisconsin

Lumber for the Temple came as a result of labor in the pine forests in Wisconsin. From 1841 to 1843, forty-four work crews harvested more than 1.5 million board feet (one board foot is 1” x 8” x 12”) of lumber and 200,000 shingles, which were floated downstream as rafts, usually several hundred feet in length and width. The trip took a week, sometimes two.

Joseph Holbrook, Autobiography, typescript, Harold B .Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Special Collections, pg. 58.

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