Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Tidbits—Education

1.                  The University of the State of Deseret (1850) was also known as what?

A)                 The Parents School

B)                 The Siblings School

C)                 University of Utah

D)                 Latter-day Saint Business College


2.                  How old was Caroline Davis when she started to teach school during the Missouri years of the Church?

A)                 19

B)                 21

C)                 13

D)                 15


3.                  How old was Brigham Young’s daughter, Susa Young Gates when she entered the University of Deseret (forerunner to the University of Utah)?

A)                 12 years

B)                 17 years

C)                 13 years

D)                 16 years

Yesterday’s answer:

(A)   Fight during the Blackhawk war (this was actually a call, but not a mission). I imagine most would have picked the Rag mission, however, believe it or not, this was actually a mission. I know, let me explain.

The communication problems, however, hampered the production of the Deseret News less than the scarcity of newsprint. Within five months after the first issue, the weekly had to become a semi-monthly for a while because of “lack of paper.” The uncertain and inadequate supply of foolscap caused the newspaper to suspend publication for periods of time ranging from a week to as much as three months. Once it cut the number of pages it published from eight to four, asserting that “Half a loaf [was] better than no loaf.”

To overcome this continual threat to the very life of the paper, a problem caused by the sheer distance from the outside world and complicated by snow, mountains, Indians, and undependable freighters, the Church developed a successful local paper industry which became the first effective paper mill in the trans-Mississippi West.

The ingredients for this new endeavor were found among the faithful. Rags constituted the raw material for paper manufacturing, and the Church and its newspaper carried on a joint effort to furnish the mill with a steady supply. The Deseret News cried, “RAGS! RAGS!! RAGS!!! Save your rags, everybody in Deseret save your rags; old wagon covers, tents, quilts, shirts, etc., etc., are wanted for paper. . . .” Reminiscent of American Revolutionary times, when saving rags was urged as a duty, Mormon bishops were asked to instruct their respective wards (congregations) as the need for rags and, further, to see that they were forthcoming. Brigham Young sent George Goddard, a rather prominent merchant and Church stalwart, on a “rag mission.” For over three years, from Franklin, Idaho, in the north to Sanpete, Utah, in the south, Goddard foraged weekdays from house to house soliciting rags, and on Sundays preached “rag sermons.” In fact, his first speech in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle as a “rag discourse,” backed up and enlarged upon by talks from Young and his counselor Heber C. Kimball. In a later Tabernacle discourse, Young explained the value of rags and severely criticized those Mormon women who wasted them. He accused the female Saints of preferring to throw their rags away instead of saving them. Young questioned whether or not there was a mother in the community that thought she was so well off that she did not need the extra money from saving rags. Answering himself, he charged that many of them would rather steal beef and other things they need than stoop to pick up rags to make paper on which to print the Deseret News.

Monte Burr McLaws, Spokesman for the Kingdom (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1977), 30.


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