It isn’t often that the Church leaders would agree with the views expressed by an anti-Mormon writer, an apostate, and a non-LDS big city newspaper, but there was one thing that they were all in agreement on. What was it?
a. The Saints would never survive in Utah
b. The children are unruly
c. The temples are beautiful
d. To the Mormons, the Book of Mormon is the most correct book
(D) Thomas KaneFollowing the publication of Kane’s influential 1850 pamphlet, The Mormons, Elder Orson Hyde told Kane this work “will forever immortalize your name in the records, and in the memory of the Saints.”
Orson Hyde to Thomas L. Kane, May 31, 1851, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
Additional interesting information:
Colonel Kane is not the only individual to write in defense of the Mormon people, his wife, Elizabeth Kane, wrote the classic, Twelve Mormon Homes, after the Kane’s tour of Utah from Salt Lake City to St. George in 1872.
Twelve Mormon Homes Visited in Succession on a Journey through Utah to Arizona, ed. Everett. L. Cooley (Philadelphia: William Wood, 1874; reprint, Salt Lake City: Tanner Trust Fund, University of Utah Library, 1974)
He wrote Brigham Young often and even advised him on such matters as the writing of his will and the establishment of Brigham Young Academy.
Matthew J. Grow, “Thomas L. Kane and Nineteenth-Century American Culture,” BYU Studies, Volume 48, Number 4, 2009, 53.