Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Believe it or not, it was a Mission

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Which one of the below listed possible answers was actually a mission of the Church?

a.      The California Gold Rush Mission

b.      The Alaskan Gold Rush Mission

c.       The Montana Ranching Mission

d.      The Hawaiian Pineapple Mission

Yesterday’s answer:

(D)   The late 1860’s

During the first two decades of the pioneer period, LDS men, women, and children had no church meetings to attend other than the Sunday general worship meetings, prayer and fast meetings, stake conferences, or acting teachers meetings. For most wards during this period, the only ward priesthood officers were the bishopric, the acting teachers quorum, and a few acting deacons. Well into the 1860s, the vast majority of “active” Latter-day Saint adults never held a ward job. Without Relief Societies, Sunday Schools, Mutual’s, and Primaries, wards had few positions available for anyone to fill. As a result, most ward members held no ward jobs. The turning point was the third decade, when ward meetings and activities increased as the four auxiliary organizations were introduced one by one. Thus only gradually, with the advent of Church auxiliaries, did service in ward positions become a regular part of the committed Mormons’ life.

Nearly Everything Imaginable, Walker, Ronald W., Doris R. Dant ed., (Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1999), 260.
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