Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Celebration on the Ship

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According to pioneer Robert Warne Reeve Jr., what was celebrated on the ship as he was immigrating to America with a group of Saints?

a.      The laying of the Salt Lake Temple cornerstone

b.      The laying of the Kirtland Temple cornerstone

c.       The laying of the Nauvoo Temple cornerstone

d.      The laying of the Independence, Missouri cornerstone

Yesterday’s answer:

c.   Three times

During Brigham Young’s presidency, leaders provided Utah Saints with three opportunities to be rebaptized: during the consecration movement in 1854, the “Mormon Reformation” in 1856-57, and the united order movement in the mid-1870s. On these occasions, Saints were asked to search their souls and repent sufficiently to be worthy of being baptized once again. During the reformation, almost all adult Saints were rebaptized. For example, some five hundred Saints in the Kaysville Ward—nearly every member of the ward— accepted rebaptism. During the united order campaign, leaders judged that the members seemed to be in a “stupor” and needed to be awakened through renewing their covenants. The Twelve set the example by being rebaptized and preached the necessity of the “elders renewing their covenants with the Almighty by rebaptism”; women were to do the same.

Nearly Everything Imaginable, Walker, Ronald W., Doris R. Dant ed., (Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1999), 271.

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