Monday, June 2, 2014

Their Primary Goal was Payback

I suppose there have been vigilantes since the start of time. These are individuals or groups that feel they are justified by taking the law into their hands to right a wrong. In most cases, what these groups may not understand is what they call a right is actually a wrong, and a wrong can never correct a wrong. The Danites were one such group formed by Dr. Sampson Avard. The Danites were a band of LDS avengers that plundered and stole from the Missouri mob. What was the original name of the Danites?

A)                  Beehives

B)                  Stripling Warriors

C)                  Daughter of Zion

D)                  Army of Helaman

Yesterday’s answers:

1.                  (D) The Lord compared Sidney Rigdon to John the Baptist.

This was previous to Sidney Rigdon separating himself from the Church.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church History In The Fulness Of Times (Salt Lake City: Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), 82.

2.                  (B) Adam and Eve

Once after returning from a mission, he [Zebedee Coltrin] met Brother Joseph in Kirtland, who asked him if he did not wish to go with him to a conference at New Portage. The party consisted of Presidents Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery and myself [Zebedee Coltrin]. Next morning at New Portage, he noticed that Joseph seemed to have a far off look in his eyes, or was looking at a distance and presently he, Joseph, stepped between Brothers Cowdery and Coltrin and taking them by the arm, said, ‘Let's take a walk.’ They went to a place where there was some beautiful grass and grapevines and swampbeech interlaced. President Joseph Smith then said, ‘Let us pray.’ They all three prayed in turn--Joseph, Oliver, and Zebedee. Brother Joseph then said, ‘Now brethren, we will see some visions.’ Joseph lay down on the ground on his back and stretched out his arms and the two brethren lay on them. The heavens gradually opened, and they saw a golden throne, on a circular foundation, something like a light house, and on the throne were two aged personages, having white hair, and clothed in white garments. They were the two most beautiful and perfect specimens of mankind he ever saw. Joseph said, ‘They are our first parents, Adam and Eve.’ Adam was a large, broad-shouldered man, and Eve as a woman, was as large in proportion.”

Minutes, Salt Lake City School of the Prophets, October 11, 1883.

3.                  (A) Heber C. Kimball, W. W. Phelps, Oliver Granger

Donl. H. Petersen, Moroni: Ancient Prophet, Modern Messenger (Bountiful, Utah: Horizon Publishers, 1983), 114-16, 151-52.

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