Thursday, December 15, 2016

Utah’s Earliest Tax Collectors

When the Saints first settled in the Salt Lake Valley, who was given the task of collecting taxes for the territory?
a.                  County appointed tax assessors
b.                  Bishops
c.                   Stake Presidents
d.                  The Quorum of the Twelve
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  A trusted family friend
The sacred things were now collected, it would seem, and secure under lock and key. But not so. As the Prophet states in his own narrative, “the house was frequently beset by mobs and evil designing persons, and every device was made use of to get the plates away from me.” One instance of this kind is related by Lucy Smith. A few days after the breast-plate was deposited with the record, Joseph came hurriedly into the house, apparently in some alarm, and inquired if a company of men had recently called at the house. Being answered in the negative, he informed his mother that a mob would be at the house by night-fall or sooner, and that the chest containing the sacred record must be immediately removed from its present place of concealment. At this moment a trusted friend of the family, Mr. Braman, of Livonia—a village some twenty-five miles distant from Palmyra, in the adjoining county of Livingston—came in, and with his help Joseph took up the hearthstones in the kitchen, dug a hole sufficiently large to receive the chest and re-laid the hearthstones over it. Scarcely had this been done when the expected mob arrived with arms in the hands, and rushed upon the house. Joseph, however, feigned  a counterattack upon the mob, and throwing open the doors and giving command as to a large following, himself and father, Mr.Braman, and his brothers, rushed out of the house as if determined to attack the mob, whereupon they took to flight and dispersed.

B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church (Brigham Young University Press: Provo, Utah, 1965), Vol. 1, 93-94.

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