Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Tidbits—Brigham Young This, That, and the Other

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Brigham Young appearing as Joseph Smith
1.      Apparently, according to the journal of Joseph Grafton Hovey, Brigham Young appeared as Joseph Smith on more than one occasion. All know about the situation when Brigham Young addressed the Saints in Nauvoo during August of 1844, how he sounded and appeared to look like the prophet indicating to the Saints that this was the man to follow. At what other setting did the Saints see the face of Joseph Smith in Brigham Young?

a.      At the Nauvoo Temple dedication

b.      At the tenth anniversary of the organization of the Church

c.       At the dedication of the Tabernacle on Temple Square

d.      On the west bank of the Mississippi River after the Saints had been forced from Nauvoo

2.      Joseph Hovey states that he was grateful to Brigham Young for what?

a.      His kindness

b.      His leadership skills

c.       His prophetic powers

d.      His many wives and children

3.      Who funded the Brigham Young Academy when it first opened?

a.      The Church

b.      Brigham Young

c.       The Utah Stake

d.      The missionaries

Yesterday’s answer:

(B)   His dog.

Cleveland Herald Dec. 25, 1839:   Not a little shocked by the emblem employed by the Prophet, we descended from his chamber, and the conversation turned upon his recent visit to Washington, and his talk with the President of the United States. He gave us distinctly to understand that his political views had undergone an entire change; and his description of the reception given him at the executive mansion was anything but flattering to the distinguished individual who presides over its hospitalities.

   “Before he had heard the story of our wrongs,” said the indignant Prophet, “Mr. Van Buren gave us to understand that he could do nothing for the redress of our grievances lest it should interfere with his political prospects in Missouri. He is not as fit,” said he, “as my dog, for the chair of state; for my dog will make an effort to protect his abused and insulted master, while the present chief magistrate will not so much as lift his finger to relieve an oppressed and persecuted community of freemen, whose glory it has been that they were citizens of the United States.”

William Mudler and A. Russell Mortensen, Among the Mormons (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958), 115.

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