Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bursting at the Seams

Today we are used to stakes having anywhere from 6 to 12 wards. How many wards did the Salt Lake Stake have when it was re-organized in 1900?
a.          15
b.          27
c.           51
d.          63
Yesterday’s answer:
a.          He believed all men should be allowed religious tolerance
Joseph Smith was a strong advocate for religious tolerance. He adamantly believed that all men had the right to worship “how, where, or what they may,” and went so far as to impose a fine on anyone infringing on these rights during the Nauvoo years of the Church. What’s interesting is that his Grandfather, Asael Smith held very dear to the heart the same views in a time when these opinions were not tolerated. It was said of him, “He was a man of strong convictions in religion, courageous, outspoken, but tolerant withal; and held to the view, not so popular then as it afterwards became, that men should be free to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences.” In fact, Asael held so firm to this conviction that he housed a persecuted Quaker in his home. This brought the displeasure of the community upon him that he resolved to leave Topsfield (Massachusetts) the home of his fathers.

B.H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6 Vols. Reprint, (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1965), 5-6.

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