When we state that one political opponent defeats another, the terminology we use is “landslide.” To be honest, it was more than a landslide that Sidney Rigdon lost by when the votes were taken as to who should lead the Church after Joseph Smith died. How many votes did Sidney receive?
Due to a lack of attendance, a Reformation was initiated in 1857 to recommit the Saints to their meetings. As part of this recommitment a re-baptismal day was set aside.
The congregation’s ordinance book listed 563 rebaptisms in 1857-almost everyone over eight years of age who wished active membership with the religion. The reconfirming process dominated the ward’s fast and prayer meetings on 5 March 1857. “About 150 were reconfirmed under the hands of twelve brethren divided into six couples,” reported Goddard. The ordinances began at 10 A.M. and concluded at 9 P.M., with only a few hours respite in the late afternoon.
Thirteenth Ward General Minutes, 1857; George Goddard Diary, 5 March 1857, George Goddard Papers.