Saturday, January 30, 2016

“Oh, my Aching Back”

Years ago, my father told me the story of a meeting that he was sitting in with a very long winded speaker. Apparently the speaker kept saying, “and another thing” and then proceed to take longer still reiterating that “other thing.” Finally, a young boy shouted out, “Oh, my aching back” when the speaker said, “and another thing.” Temple Square worship services during the 1850’s opened with prayer and singing and then how many hours of speakers?
a.                  1 hour
b.                  2 hours
c.                   3 hours
d.                  Several hours
Yesterday’s answer:
a.      The temple settled creating a large noise
The following is in reference to a meeting held in the Nauvoo Temple on February 22, 1846.
I (Brigham Young) attended meeting at the Temple, the room was crowded and a great weight caused the new truss floor to settle nearly to its proper position. While settling, an inch-board or some light timber underneath was caught and cracked, the sound of which created great alarm in the congregation and some jumped out of the windows, smashing the glass and all before them. Philo Farnsworth smashed the northeast window while others ran out of the doors and many of those who remained jumped up and down with all their might crying Oh! Oh!! Oh!!! As though they could not settle the floor fast enough, but at the same time so agitated that they knew not what they did.

Joseph Smith Jr., History of the Church (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company,1950), 7:594.

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