Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Baptims in the MIddle of the Ocean

The 1851 voyage of the Olympus saw 50 convert baptisms. How were these individuals baptized?

a.      By use of lowering a platform and barrel from the ship to the ocean below

b.      In the ship wash basin

c.       In the ship grey water supply

d.      Walking the plank and then rescuing the baptismal candidate  

Yesterday’s answer:

c.   The Sacrament trays and vessels

In 1852 the General Authorities wanted to obtain a special set of sacrament glasses and plates for use in the Sunday afternoon downtown services. They asked members to contribute silver from which to make sacrament vessels. Very quickly they collected silver coin worth $149 and several pounds of silver watch cases, spoons, rings, and other “ornaments.” The silver was melted down and then cast by silversmith Israel Barlow to form twelve silver cups. Then in 1855, leaders obtained “six new silver bread baskets.” In 1873, Salt Lakes City’s ninth ward dedicated its “silver service for the communion table,” purchased with members’ donations. Provo wards spent more than four years trying to raise enough through donations to buy a nice sacrament serving set for use in the Provo Tabernacle.

Nearly Everything Imaginable, Walker, Ronald W., Doris R. Dant ed., (Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1999), 268.

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