Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Tidbits—Apostates, Blunders and Church Printing

President James Buchanan

1.   I’m sure everyone is familiar with Simonds Ryder and his reason for apostatizing from the Church (the misspelling of his name on his mission call). As odd as that may seem, equally as strange is his reason for joining the Church. What caused him to become a member?

a.      A prophecy about the 2nd coming

b.      A prophecy about an earthquake in China

c.       A prophecy about his future life

d.      A prophecy about the future growth of the Church


2.   How did Utah benefit from Buchanan’s Blunder (the sending of a 1/3 of the United States army to Utah in 1857)?

a.      The opening up of the fruit industry in Utah

b.      The opening up of National Parks in Utah

c.       The opening up of Utah’s mining industry

d.      The opening of the salt industry in Utah

3.   Where was all of the Church printing done from the time the Saints were pushed from Nauvoo until 1876?

a.    Winter Quarters

b.   Great Britain

c.   Canada

d.   Kirtland

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      He was in the Grandin Print shop the day the first Book of Mormon proof sheets came off the press

Curiously enough, a future governor of the Territory of Utah happened to be in Palmyra in 1829 in E. B. Grandin’s print shop at the moment proof of the title page of the Book of Mormon was struck; at the Smith home, moreover, he listened to passages read aloud from the original manuscript. Stephen S. Harding of Milan, Indiana wrote letters on two different occasions recalling the events of his 1829 visit. . .

Mr. Tucker the foreman, had just received from Albany a font of new type, and had set up with his own hands the title page of the Book of Mormon, and preparations were now ready for the first impression. About this time the prophet’s father also came in. He, too had evidently heard of my dream, and shook my hand most cordially. Mr. Grandin and two or three typos were present, as if curious in seeing the first impression of the title page. Tucker took up the ink-balls and made the form ready; then laying the blank sheet upon it, with one pull at the lever the work was done’ then taking the impression, looked at it a moment, passed it to Cowdery, who scanned it carefully, and passed it to the prophet himself, who seemed to be examining every letter, and without speaking gave it into the hands of his father and Harris. It was then returned to Tucker. Of course we all looked at it with more or less curiosity, and the work was pronounced excellent. Tucker who was my cousin, then handed it to me, saying “ “Here, Steve, I’ll give this to you. You may keep it as a curiosity.” I thanked him, and put it carefully in my pocket.

William Mudler and A. Russell Mortensen, Among the Mormons (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958), 41, 46.

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