Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Tidbits—America’s fastest growing religion

1.      During the 1840’s and into the 1850’s what was America’s fastest growing religion?

a.      RLDS

b.      Methodist

c.       Baptist

d.      Spiritualist

2.      Which religion did many apostates from Mormonism turn to?

a.      Methodist

b.      Spiritualist

c.       Baptist

d.      RLDS

3.      Brigham Young stated that this “fastest growing religion” could not operate in the presence of what?

a.      A Mormon Seventy

b.      A Mormon Elder

c.       A Mormon Prophet

d.      The Relief Society

4.      Sarah Decker plead with the sisters not to attend which religions meetings in Salt Lake City?

a.      Spiritualist

b.      RLDS

c.       Methodist

d.      Baptist

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      Ziba Peterson

It is generally recognized that prior to 1835 Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer were ordained apostles. There may also have been others. An early defector from Mormonism, Ezra Booth, wrote in 1831 that Ziba Peterson, “one of the Twelve Apostles,” had been rejected. Booth’s reference to the Twelve Apostles may indicate that nine other men besides Smith, Cowdery, and Whitmer had been ordained apostles by 1831. Nevertheless these apostles never functioned as a unified group or quorum, and when such a quorum was organized in 1835, new apostles were ordained to comprise it.

Note: History is interesting. Not everyone perceives everything the same. What one person saw, another may see the same and interpret differently. I'm sure you've noticed in many of my blog stories that I use words such as "claimed," "stated," and "suggested" when quoting one of the early members of the church. In other words, the situation may be that way to the person I'm quoting, but not to others. It seems to me that if the prophet did call apostles prior to the original apostles calls in 1835, that this was important enough that we would have heard about it and include it in Sunday school lessons. I include these kind of stories only because it is still interesting, and it could be possible that what Ezra Booth suggested, could have been the truth. However, I leave these things to you. I include the reference, and if you so desire, you can research it further to determine the validity of the story. I do know that during the first mission of the Church to the Lamanites during the winter of 1830-1831 that Ziba Peterson was one of the four that went. These four missionaries were referred to as prophets by some non-members. It's possible that they could have even been called apostles, and this could have been where Ezra Booth believed that Ziba Peterson was one of the Twelve Apostles.    Dan


Journal of Mormon History, D. Michael Quinn, The Evolution of the Presiding Quorums of the LDS Church, Vol.1 1974, note 27.

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