Sunday, January 4, 2015

Endowments for the Women

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Nauvoo Temple
Joseph Smith was the first to provide endowments in Nauvoo for the men. Which woman did this for the Sisters of Nauvoo?

a.      Lucy Mack Smith

b.      Emma Smith

c.       Sisters Kimball

d.      Sisters Knight

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      Brigham Young

The man who directed Mormon destinies for over a quarter of a century fascinated contemporaries, who drew countless portraits. Sir Richard Burton, British adventurer, saw him in 1860 in his prime. Brigham Young was fifty-nine at the time, and he looked “about forty-five.” “Altogether the Prophet’s appearance was that of a gentleman farmer in New England—in fact, such as he is: his father was an agriculturist and revolutionary soldier, who settled ‘down East.’ He is a well-preserved man; a fact which some attribute to his habit of sleeping, as the Citizen Proudhon so strongly advises, in solitude, whose manner is at once affable and impressive, simple and courteous: his want of pretension contrasts favorably with certain pseudo-prophets that I have seen, each and every one of whom holds himself to be a ‘Logos’ without other claim save a semi maniacal self-esteem. He shows no signs of dogmatism, bigotry, or fanaticism, and never once entered—with me at least—upon the subject of religion. He impresses a stranger with a certain sense of power; his followers are, of course, wholly fascinated by his superior strength of brain. It is commonly said there is only one chief in Great Salt Lake City, and that is ‘Brigham.’ His temper is even and placid; his manner is cold—in fact, like his face, somewhat bloodless; but he is neither morose nor methodisitc, and, where occasion requires, he can use all the weapons of ridicule to direful effect, and ‘speak a bit of his mind’ in a style which no one forgets. He often reproves his erring followers in purposely violent language, making the terrors of a scolding the punishment in lieu of hanging for a stolen horse or cow. His powers of observation are intuitively strong, and his friends declare him to be gifted with an excellent memory and a perfect judgment of character. If he dislikes a stranger at the first interview, he never sees him again. Of his temperance and sobriety there is but one opinion. His life is ascetic: his favorite food is baked potatoes with a little buttermilk, and his drink water: he disapproves, as do all strict Mormons, of spirituous liquors and never touches anything stronger than a glass of thin Lager bier; moreover, he abstains from tobacco. . . . 

William Mudler and A. Russell Mortensen, Among the Mormons (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958), 218-219.

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