The Molens and other families were rationed to how many ounces of flour per person per day until the 1848 harvest?
a. 6 oz.
b. 10 oz.
c. 1 oz.
d. 4 oz.
The first political government in Utah was a religious government. It lasted from July 1847 to March 1849. A spiritual rule primarily, it derived its name and its nature from the Church. It was called a stake. There was a president who acted with two counselors and a high council of twelve men. The president was John Smith. Before long this stake was districted into wards, each presided over by a bishop with two counselors. There were nineteen of these wards.
This government was an exceedingly simple affair. There were no limitations to its power, either spiritual or temporal. It made the rules and regulations, it interpreted these after they were made, and it enforced them by its authority. All of the officers acted without pay.
There officers—the presidency of the stake and the bishoprics of wards—took charge of all the religious meetings. They saw to it that baptisms were performed, that the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was administered, that men were ordained to the priesthood or promoted in it, that people who had any hard feelings toward one another were brought together, that infants were blessed, and that the dead were buried with spiritual rites.
Then, on the other hand, these same officers were expected to see that schools were organized for the children; that peaceful relations were established and maintained with the Indians; that the work of fencing, of building, of ditch digging, of plowing, planting, and harvesting was carried on; and that no irrigation water was permitted to run into the streets.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 41-42.