Friday, January 8, 2016

The Beginning of Tithing in Utah

When did the beginning of tithing take place in Utah?
a.                  The moment the pioneers entered the valley
b.                  1857
c.                   1848
d.                  1852
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Playing cards
Brigham Young gave the following speech to the camp when he became concerned over card playing:
   May 29, 1847. Saturday: I have played cards once in my life since I became a Mormon to see what kind of a spirit would attend it, and I was so well satisfied that I would rather see the dirtiest thing you could find on the earth, than a pack of cards in your hands. You never read of gambling, playing cards checkers, Dominoes &c. in the scriptures, but you do read of men praising the Lord in the dance, but who ever read of praising the Lord in a game at cards? If any man had sense enough to play a game at Cards, or dance a little without wanting to keep it up all the time, but exercise a little, and then quit it and think no more of it, it would do well enough. But you want to keep it up till midnight and every night, and all the time. You don’t know how to control your selves.

An Intimate Chronicle: The Journal of William Clayton, George D. Smith, ed. (Salt Lake City, Signature Books, 1995)

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