Thursday, September 8, 2016

She was Going to Have a Home

When Anne Nielsen Petersen’s husband was called to serve a mission to Norway, he had only laid the foundation of what was to be a nine room home. While he was gone, Anne had the house finished. How was she able to pay for it?
a.                  She did all the work on her own
b.                  She sold milk for her one cow
c.                   She gleaned wheat fields
d.                  She had wealthy sons that paid to have the home complete
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Snow removal at the temple and meeting houses
Mormonism’s social experiments are another illustration of the way it captured the spirit of the times. The Word of Wisdom was its version of the widespread temperance movement in a day when even bran had its prophets, water cures had become a fad, and Sylvester Graham, who did not believe in using meat, tea, or coffee, gave his name to a health bread. The temperance movement gained enough momentum to become a political force, but the Word of Wisdom went in a moral direction: it reads like scripture rather than just another health platform, and it holds out a unique spiritual promise: all who do and keep its sayings shall not only run and not be weary and walk and not faint, but they shall furthermore gain treasures of great knowledge, even hidden treasures. What started as a temperance document became in time abstinence, a fact a good many modern Mormons lament as they look back longingly to the days when making wine in Utah’s Dixie was a priesthood project.

William Mudler, The Mormons in American History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1981), 8.

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