Dimick Huntington told a group of people to work as the Mormons do. Who was he speaking to?
a. U.S. soldiers
b. Federal employees
d. Protestant ministers
Elder Rudger Clawson, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, related an incident told to him by Marriner W. Merrill, president of the Logan Temple (later an Apostle). One morning, President Merrill noticed a great number of people entering the temple grounds. As he wondered who they were, a person he didn’t know entered his room.
Brother Merrill said to him: “Who are you and who are these people who have come up and taken possession of the Temple grounds unannounced?”
The man answered and said: “I am Satan and these are my people.”
Brother Merrill then said: “What do you want? Why have you come here?”
Satan replied: “I don’t’ like the work that is going on in this temple and feel that it should be discontinued. Will you stop it?”
Brother Merrill answered and said emphatically, “no, we will not stop it. The work must go on.”
“Since you refuse to stop it, I will tell you what I propose to do,” the adversary said. “I will take these people, my followers, and distribute them throughout this temple district, and will instruct them to whisper in the ears of people, persuading them not to go to the temple, and thus bring about a cessation of your temple work.” Satan then with drew.
President Merrill, commenting on this strange interview with the Evil One, said that for quite a period of time the spirit of indifference to temple work seemed to take possession of the people and very few came to the House of the Lord. The presumption was that Satan had carried out his threat which caused a temporary lull in Temple work.
Church Section, Deseret News, December 12, 1936, vol. 344, no. 61.