Elizabeth’s Mowers son died from Diphtheria in 1888. She grieved the loss of her son as she felt that part of his patriarchal blessing had not been fulfilled. However, she was given a dream in which she knew his life mission was complete. What was it that concerned her about his patriarchal blessing?
a. Preaching the gospel to the house of Israel
b. Marriage and children
c. His own baptism
d. His temple endowments
a. The Mormon Church would long survive certain New York newspapers
Less than a year after Pratt’s departure for the nation’s capital, John Taylor was sent on a similar mission to New York City. Every week for two and a half years he edited and published The Mormon at an office directly across the street from both the New York Herald and the Tribune. The location apparently indicated that Taylor intended to confront Utah critics directly. The Mormon, which carried the motto, “It is better to represent ourselves than to be represented by others,” expressed confidence in the power of the press and proclaimed its desire to be the “true representative of Mormonism in the world.”
Responding to bitter anti-Mormon attacks made by some New York papers, editor Taylor resorted to language that the Deseret News would avoid for another twenty years. Identifying the Sun by name, the editor bluntly declared, “Your malicious slanders only excite contempt for those base enough to utter them. . . . Talk to us with your hypocritical cant. . . . Pshaw! It’s nauseating to everyone not eaten up with your corrupt humbuggery and pharisaical egotism. . . .” Concluding his criticism of the Sun and other anti-Mormon papers, Taylor made a prediction that has since been essentially fulfilled: he explained that the Mormons would survive and prosper “long after their malicious slanders shall have sunk to oblivion on the filth of their own corruptions.”
[The New York Herald operated from 1835-1924; The New York Tribune from 1842-1866; and the New York Sun from 1833-1950]
Monte Burr McLaws, Spokesman for the Kingdom (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1977), 72-73.