Monday, October 13, 2014

What Usually Goes Around Comes Around

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I’ve lived long enough to know that this is true. It may not happen immediately, sometimes taking years, but bottom line is, it usually happens. So what happened to the major players in the tarring and feathering of the Prophet Joseph Smith at the John Johnson farm at Hiram, Ohio?

a.      All of them were eventually tarred and feathered

b.      All of them eventually died painful deaths

c.       All of them eventually joined the Church

d.      All of them eventually confessed that they persecuted an innocent man

Yesterday’s answer:

B   30 mins.

Brigham Young stated the following:   “When I was young,” he said, “I was kept within very strict bounds and was not allowed to walk more than half an hour Sunday for exercise. In fact, the proper and necessary gambols of youth were denied me. . . . I had not a chance to dance when I was young and never heard the enchanting tones of the violin until I was eleven years of age; and then I was on the highway to hell, if I suffered myself to linger and listen to it. . .  The Christian world of my youth considered it very wicked to listen to music and to dance.”

   He went on to say that parents of his day whipped their children for reading novels, never let them go to the theater, and prohibited them from playing or associating with other children. In his words, “They bind them to the moral law. The consequence was that ‘duty became loathsome.’ When they are freed by age from the rigorous training of their youth, they are more fit for companions to devils, than to be the children of such religious parents.”

Lesson Committee, Museum Memories (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 2009), 111-112.

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