Was it cheaper to walk across the plains or to travel from New York City to San Francisco on the ship Brooklyn?
a. Walk across the plains
b. Travel by ship
In an effort to explain to non-Church members the true story of the Latter-day Saints people and to combat adverse publicity, the Church established the Temple Square Mission. As early as 1875, Charles J. Thomas, custodian of the Salt Lake Temple, then under construction, was assigned to meet tourists, show them around Temple Square, and answer their questions. He kept a book in which visitors to Temple Square could sign their names. In subsequent years, many famous people, including two presidents of the United States signed Brother Thomas’s register.
“Charles J. Thomas: Early Guide on Temple Square, Improvement Era, March 1963, pp. 167, 202-6.