Monday, April 4, 2016

The First Conference of the Church in the Salt Lake Valley

During the first general conference of the Church held in the Salt Lake Valley on Aug. 22, 1847, the Saints gave names to two things. What were they?
a.                  The Great Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountains
b.                  The Jordan River and City Creek
c.                   The Great Salt Lake City and the Jordan River
d.                  The Great Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  Baby blessings during sacrament meeting
John Morgan, who was called to the Quorum of the Seventy in 1884 (actually called the First Council of the Seventy in those early years), is noted for three contributions (other than his incredible dream as a non-member living in Utah as mentioned in Vol. 1 and the establishment of the Morgan Commercial College): 1) Pioneering visitor centers (or information bureaus as they were first called), 2) The use of Article of Faith cards used by the missionaries, and 3) The sustaining of Church authorities at local conferences.
Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, 4 vols. 1901-36. Reprint, (Salt Lake City: Western Epics, 1971), 1:204-5; Arthur Richardson, The Life and Ministry of John Morgan (Salt Lake City: n.p., 1965).


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