Monday, October 19, 2015

The Salt Lake Temple Electrician Held for Ransom

Ephraim G. Holding
At the time of the Salt Lake Temple dedication, Ephraim G. Holding was the temple electrician. He states in his journal that when his family crossed the plains in the early 1850’s that the natives were very troublesome. In fact, Ephraim was taken and held for ransom. What did Ephraim’s father have to trade to get his son back?
a.                  Horses
b.                  His gold watch
c.                   Sacks of flour
d.                  His rifle and six shooter
Yesterday’s answer:
(D) Presiding Bishop
The Old Testament high priest was an office in the Aaronic Priesthood, not an office in the Melchizedek Priesthood as it is today. The high priest was the presiding priest, or head, of the Aaronic Priesthood. Today the presiding bishop holds that position.

Old Testament Student Manual (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2003), 187.


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