Thursday, December 10, 2015

Children and the Sacrament

Today, parents have different opinions of when a child should receive the sacrament. Many let their toddlers participate, however, there are other parents that believe the child must be older, at least until they can understand the purpose of the sacrament. What was the instruction of the First Presidency in 1877?
a.                  That children receive the sacrament three times on Sunday
b.                  That children do not receive the sacrament at all
c.                   That children do not receive the sacrament until after they are baptized
d.                  That children receive the sacrament twice on Sundays
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Molasses
Families who were so fortunate as to have a barrel of molasses usually allowed the girls and boys to have a candy-pulling contest in which the candy made from molasses was distributed to the guests in mass quantities.
     To be honest, the above really isn’t all that interesting. I guess my only reason why I would include this, is the fact that the pioneers even considered this molasses as candy. I remember back in 1972 when my family experienced the Mormon Trail and finally ended up in Salt Lake City, that we tour the Beehive House. The last stop on the tour was the kitchen where everyone was given a sample of this pioneer “candy.” It was horrible. I don’t know how anyone could consider this a treat, let alone edible. I thought it was just me until I exited the Beehive House and saw many round balls of this “candy” spit out into the flower garden.
It wasn’t just the pioneers, even my dad enjoyed pouring molasses over bread.

Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Salt Lake City; Utah Printing Company, 1990), Vol. 1.

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