Thursday, January 7, 2016

"You Don’t Read it in the Scriptures"

Brigham Young felt it was necessary to take a time out during his first trip to the valley in 1847 and counsel against certain things he saw in the camp that he did not agree with. He stated that "you don’t read about it in the scriptures." What was Brigham referring to?
a.                  Taking bets on the day they would enter the valley
b.                  Taking bets on horse racing
c.                   Dancing for hours on end
d.                  Playing cards
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   With portraits and maps
William Clayton’s description of the Celestial Room in the Nauvoo Temple:
   December 11, 1845. Thursday: The Celestial room occupies the remainder of the main room being the space between two divisions of the Arch. This is adorned with a number of splendid mirrors, paintings and portraits. On the East wall are the following Portraits viz. in the centre President Brigham Young and next to the left H. C. Kimball, Orson Hyde. To the right, Willard Richards, John Taylor and George A .Smith.
   On the East side of the first division of the Arch in the centre is the portrait of L. N. Scovil, next to the right is George A. Smith, next John Smith the Patriarch. To the left is Bathsheba Smith and Mother Lucy Smith.
   On the West side of this partition in the centre is the portrait of [] to the left H. C. Kimball and Caroline Smith. To the right [] William Collier, John L. Smith.
   On the East side of the second division in the centre stands a brass clock over which is a splendid portrait of the late Hyrum Smith and next to the right C[harles] C. Rich, George Miller and Clarissa Smith. To the left Sister Rich, next Mary Catherine Miller and last Leonora A. Taylor.
     There are also a number of maps. A large map of the world hangs on the North side wall, and three maps of the United States and a plot of the City of Nauvoo hangs on the West partition. On the South wall hangs another large map of the United States, besides a number of large mirrors and paintings.
   In the centre and body of the Celestial Room are two splendid tables and four splendid sofas. Also a small table opposite the large Window on the East end of the room on which stands the Celestial and terrestrial Globes.
   All the rooms are nicely carpeted and has a very splendid and comfortable appearance. There are a number of handsome chairs in it.

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

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