Friday, April 25, 2014

The First Reaction to the Word of Wisdom

When Joseph Smith read the Word of Wisdom to the Elders at the School of the Prophets, what was the immediate reaction?

a.      Stunned silence

b.      Argument

c.       Immediately all threw their tobacco’s and pipes in the fire

d.      All threw their pipes and tobacco in the fire after the meeting

Yesterday’s answer:

(C) $5

The Pony Express was organized in 1859-60 making huge improvements time wise on the speed of the mail, but not cost. The Express drivers were expected to do three laps between stations (usually twenty-four miles apart) at an average of 8 miles an hour. At this rate, a letter from New York to San Francisco could arrive in 13 days. In fact George A. Smith wrote in April of 1861:

   “The Pony Express proved to be quite an institution. The news of the surrender of Fort Sumter reached here (Salt Lake City) in seven days.”

Not to be sarcastic, but I believe that pretty much rivals with today, and to think it’s all done by plane.

Letter to John L. Smith, Brigham Young, History of Brigham Young. Ms. 1858. (1844-1877) Church Historian’s Library, Salt Lake City., 165.

What was the cost per ounce for a letter on the Pony Express System?

Five dollars! Ouch! So, if you feel the need to complain, don’t.

Berrett, William Edwin, The Restored Church (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1973), 310.

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