Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The First Organized Mission in the United States

What was the first organized mission in the United States?
a.                  The Salt Lake City Temple Square mission
b.                  The Southern States Mission
c.                   The Central States Mission
d.                  The Eastern States Mission
Yesterday’s answer:
c.   An apostate author
Just because a person might be an apostle’s son does not guarantee security within the Church or the fact that we cannot be too careful with our testimonies. For instance, Frank J. Cannon was born on January 25, 1859 the same year that his father, George Q. Cannon became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Frank became great having worked in the Juvenile Instructors office, edited the Logan Journal, became a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, edited the Salt Lake Tribune, and finally, elected to the United States Senate. Nevertheless, after his father’s death, Frank wrote articles against the Church and Joseph F. Smith. This led to his excommunication on March 15, 1905. He eventually wrote two anti-Mormon books, Under the Prophet in Utah and Brigham Young and His Mormon Empire.

Kenneth W. Godfrey, “Frank J. Cannon: Declension in the Mormon Kingdom.” Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon History. Edited by Roger D. Launius and Linda Thatcher (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994), 241-61.

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