Thursday, June 19, 2014

His Dying Blessing

Joseph Smith Sr.

We’re familiar with the story of Lehi in the Book of Mormon and how he blessed each one of his family shortly before his death. Joseph Smith Sr. also did the same for his family. What blessing did he bestow upon the head of his son Hyrum Smith?

a.      President of the Church

b.      Patriarch of the Church

c.       High Priest

d.      Assistant Church President

Yesterday’s answer:

(D)   The Temple block

The following from the journal of David L. Davis in Nov. 1888:   Nov. 11. The court receiver demanded and obtained possession of all the Church property in this city including the Temple Block. . . . Time will, in my opinion, show that this is only the beginning of tribulation.

Nov. 27. Marshall Dyer, the receiver appointed for the Church, is harassing the people all he can. This last week he took possession of the presidents’s office without legal right or title (as it is the property of the Young estate) under a plea demanding the books and records and papers of the Church. We are now paying rent for the tithing houses and historians office, $200 per month, and the Temple Block $1.00 per month as nominal rent. The Gardo house is not yet rented; the marshall is asking $100 per month for it; the Church not desiring to pay this it stands empty. These are very peculiar times and the end is not yet.

Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Salt Lake City: Lesson Committee, 1993), V4:278.

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