Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It was a Mouthful

What was the original name of present day Salt Lake City?

a.      The Capital City of the Territory of Deseret in the West

b.      Great Salt Lake City of the Great Basin, North America

c.       The City of the Saints in the West, Mexico

d.      Salt Lake City in the Land of the Utes

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      Seventy

 In early Utah, high priests groups and elders quorums were few and served little more purpose then for the men to come together for testimony bearing or talks about the gospel. Most ordained men held the office of seventy and belonged to one of the general quorums of seventy. Because nearly all of the men sent out as missionaries were ordained as seventies prior to leaving, they needed to join a seventies quorums when they returned. Seventies quorums were numbered quorums so that a man belonged to the Sixteenth Quorum, for example, and when he moved, he still belonged officially to that quorum. By the 1860s, Utah had more than sixty such quorums. These were not stake entities, nor were they necessarily linked to a locality. Gradually, seventies belonging to various quorums who lived in the same locality started to meet together in a “mass” quorum for testimony bearing or instruction but not for assignments to do local Church work. During this period, seventies quorum meetings generally saw low attendance.

Nearly Everything Imaginable, Walker, Ronald W., Doris R. Dant ed., (Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1999), 258.

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