Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Asael was Persecuted for his Beliefs

Why was the Prophet Joseph’s grandfather, Asael Smith, persecuted bad enough that he contemplated leaving Topsfield, Massachusetts?
a.          He believed all men should be allowed religious tolerance
b.          He stated that the true church was not on the earth
c.           He listen to his grandson Joseph Jr. teach him the gospel
d.          He stated that his grandson would one day organize the true church
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   Religious instruction
Religion Class was organized in 1890 when a Utah territorial law prohibited religious instruction in public schools. Like the Primary, the Religion Class in each ward conducted a class at the meetinghouse for children of elementary school age one afternoon each week. While Primary featured activities, Religion Class stressed instruction. The Religion Class Association was listed with the Church’s other auxiliaries at time such as in general conference. In 1929, as part of an effort to simplify the Church’s activities, the Religion Class program was discontinued, and its functions were absorbed by the Primary.

Richard O. Cowan, The Latter-day Saint Century. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1999), 106-7; Andrew Jensen, Encyclopedic History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941), 697.

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