Saturday, March 29, 2014

Profiting from the Evacuation

Camp Floyd was ordered to close down at the start of the Civil War. The government order all supplies to be sold to the highest bidder. When Brigham Young caught wind of the sale, he sent Hiram Clawson with $4000 to buy all he could to help construct the Salt Lake Theater. What was left over from what Hiram bought and couldn't be used in the theater, was sold. How much money did Brigham Young make from this sale?

a.      $500

b.      $21,000

c.       $17,000

d.      $40,000

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      That an Elder would preach in Independence

Church leaders felt that George Hinkle had betrayed the Saints when he arranged for the surrender of Joseph Smith and other Church leaders at Far West. The captains of the militias competed for the rights to display their captive, Joseph Smith, in the streets of Independence. Joseph wrote that on Sunday, November 4, the prisoners on display “were visited by some ladies and gentlemen. One of the women came up, and very candidly inquired of the troops which of the prisoners was the Lord whom the ‘Mormons’ worshiped. One of the guards pointed to me with a significant smile, and said, ‘This is he.’ The woman then turning to me inquired whether I professed to be the Lord and Savior? I replied, that I professed to be nothing but a man, and a minister of salvation, sent by Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel.

   “This answer so surprised the woman that she began to inquire into our doctrine, and I preached a discourse, both to her and her companions, and to the wondering soldiers, who listened with almost breathless attention while I set forth the doctrine of faith in Jesus Christ, and repentance, and baptism for remission of sins, with the promise of the Holy Ghost, as recorded in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.

   “The woman was satisfied, and praised God in the hearing of the soldiers, and went away, praying that God would protect and deliver us. Thus was fulfilled a prophecy which had been spoken publicly by me, a few months previous—that a sermon should be preached in Jackson county by one of our Elders, before the close of 1838.

   “. . . We proceeded on and arrived at Independence, past noon, in the midst of a great rain, and a multitude of spectators who had assembled to see us, and hear the bugles sound a blast of triumphant joy, which echoed through the camp.”

Church History for Latter-day Saint Families, Thomas R. Valletta (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 2004), 295-6.

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