Thursday, December 12, 2013

It had to be First Repealed

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What law had to be first repealed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter before the Church could construct a temple in Samoa?

a.      Lilburn W. Boggs Extermination order

b.      The 1862 President Lincoln anti-bigamy Morrill Law

c.       The 1862 anti-LDS real estate Law

d.      The 1866 Wade, Cragin, and Cullom bills

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      An asylum for polygamous Utah women to flee to

The public concept of suppressed womanhood in Utah was so exaggerated in the East that lawmakers went the extraordinary extreme of appropriating $112,000 to construct a magnificent industrial home as the refuge for polygamous women and children. It was assumed that many would be desperate to flee form their tyrannical masters, once asylum was available.

The “home” opened on Fifth East in Salt Lake City in June 1889 but was a ghastly failure, averaging only seven inmates, virtually all of whom were nonpolygamous paupers. This building later became the Ambassador Club.

Chronicles of Courage, comp. by Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1992), 3:136.

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