Tuesday, December 15, 2015

You had to Know They Eventually Would Have One

Salt Lake City
When the Saints first entered the valley they worked extremely hard at making Salt Lake City attractive. Many non-members viewed the city in its infancy and commented on the houses, gardens and flowers of many colors. Salt Lake City also worked to boast what other cities in America had. Eventually they formed a stock exchange. When was the Salt Lake Stock Exchange first established?
a.                  1847   
b.                  1911
c.                   1890
d.                  1873
Yesterday’s answer:
b.   Lack of Mormon support
Intemperance was an important social issue in Ohio and many other places in Jacksonian America, and the Mormon solution eventually played an important role in setting the Latter-day Saints apart as a distinctive people. By 1833, the year the revelation known as the Word of Wisdom was given, the temperance movement in America had five thousand local societies claiming over a million members. Temperance articles were regular fare in the public press. Diet, too, was receiving considerable attention, with stress on fruits, vegetables, and moderation in eating meat. Warnings against the use of tobacco also were beginning to appear.
The Owenites (a communitarian group) and the Campbellites had endorsed the temperance movement, and the Kirtland Temperance Society had been organized since October 1830. The society closed the local distillery, first by refusing to sell it grain and then, when the distillers imported grain, by pooling resources to purchase the business. A distillery at Mentor closed at the same time. Even though some Saints belonged to the society, critics complained of lack of Mormon support, and the society folded in October 1835.
James B. Allen and Glen M. Leonard, The Story of the Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1992), 104-105.

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