Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Utah’s First Form of Punishment

What was Utah’s first form of punishment for committing a crime?
a.                  Digging ditches
b.                  Working in Brigham Young’s garden
c.                   A whipping post
d.                  Working on the temple
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   Joseph’s reconciliation to his father-in-law

The circumstances of the Prophet’s family were very humble, and they lacked the means to enable Joseph to make this journey; but through the kindness of Martin Harris, a well-to-do farmer in the neighborhood of Palmyra, who had become interested in the Prophet, and gave some credence to his account of the Lord’s visitations to him,--through his kindness the necessary money—fifty dollars—was supplied, and Alvah Hale, brother of Emma, came from Harmony, Pennsylvania, with a team and wagon to convey Joseph and his wife to that place.
   In the month of August of that same year, Joseph and Emma had visited Harmony for the purpose of securing some personal property belonging to the latter, and which had been left at her father’s home at the time of her departure to be married in the preceding January. On the occasion of that visit there was an approachment of reconciliation between Joseph and his father-in-law, and an invitation was extended to himself and Emma to make their home in Harmony. It was doubtless this invitation that determined the Prophet upon removing to Harmony when the persecution became so intolerable in the vicinity of Palmyra.

B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church (Brigham Young University Press: Provo, Utah, 1965), Vol. 1, 95.

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