Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Church’s First Handbook of Instruction

What was the Church’s first Handbook of Instruction?
a.                  Doctrine and Covenants 20 & 22
b.                  Alma 5
c.                   The Church Handbook of Instruction-Nauvoo Edition
d.                  The Church Handbook of Instruction-Winter Quarters Edition
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   John D. Lee
John D. Lee was excommunicated for his part in the Mountain Meadows massacre and eventually executed by Federal authorities on March 23, 1877. Many people know this, however what might not be common knowledge is that on April 20, 1961, after considering all the facts, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve decided, “it was the action of the Council after considering all the facts available that authorization be given for the re-instatement to membership and former blessings to John D. Lee.”

Juanita Brooks, John D. Lee: Zealot, Pioneer Builder, Scapegoat (Glendale, Calif: Arthur H. Calrk, 1972).

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