Friday, April 18, 2014

An Unusual Church Relic

The Church possess many artifacts and relics. Some are for public display, however, others are archived. One of the more unusual pieces is a picture of a tree made from the hair of thirty-eight prominent men in the Church, including Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and John Taylor [see the above picture]. This picture hung in a certain location for many years for members to view until it was finally retired [archived] in 1967. Where did this picture hang for so many years?

a.      The Church Administration Building

b.      The Salt Lake Tabernacle

c.       The Relief Society Building

d.      The Salt Lake Temple

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      Nine years before he left

“In England,” Joseph Fielding Smith explained, “Elder Hyde wrote to Rabbi Solomon Hirschell, president of the Hebrew Society in England, stating the purpose of his mission abroad and his interest in the Jewish people. In the body of this communication Elder Hyde said: ‘About nine years ago, a young man [Joseph Smith] . . . laid his hand upon my head and pronounced these remarkable words—‘In due time thou shalt go to Jerusalem, the land of thy fathers, and be a watchman unto the house of Israel; and by thy hands shall the Most High do a great work, which shall prepare the way and greatly facilitate the gathering together of that people.’ He then bore testimony to this Jewish Rabbi, of the restoration of the Gospel and called on the Jews to repent and ‘go out from among the Gentiles,’ for ‘Jerusalem is thy home.’”

Church History for Latter-day Saint Families, Thomas R. Valletta (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 2004), 319.

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