Monday, May 26, 2014

Comparing Apples to Oranges

Today, as members of the Church, we are required to bless the ward with our talents. As members of a nation, we’re expected to pay taxes. During pioneer times, there were very few callings, at least not until the 1870’s when many of the auxiliaries first were organized, and taxes were few if not non-existent.  So to compare our life style today to the pioneers is really like trying to compare apples to oranges. Expectations were completely different. Where we’re required to pay taxes to send our children to school, what were the pioneer families required to do?

a.      Provide a home for the teacher

b.      Provide a wagon load of wood to heat the school

c.       Provide breakfast and lunch for the teacher

d.      Provide the wages for the teachers

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      Mormon Elders Damiana Wafers

Although, as one would expect, the Deseret News carried no mention of “Mormon Elders Damiana Wafers,” an advertised medication designed to offer men the alleged potency of Mormon polygamists . . .

Monte Burr McLaws, Spokesman for the Kingdom (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1977), 110.

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