Which early member of the Church was nicknamed “the boy preacher?”
a. Samuel Smith
b. Porter Rockwell
c. Thomas Monson
d. William Geddes
A. Life in the Salt Lake Valley
From the Early Records of Utah is a part of a Letter written by Parley P. Pratt to his brother Orson Pratt, who was in England. It will give us an idea of Great Salt Lake City under the legislation of the high council and bishops.
“I have resided almost a year in this lone retreat where civilized man has not made his home for the last thousand years, and where the ripening harvest has not been enjoyed for ages until this present age . . . All is quiet . . . stillness . . . No elections, no police reports, no murders ,no wars in our little world. How quiet, how still, how peaceful, how happy, how lonesome, how free from excitement we live. The legislation of our high council, the decisions of some judges or court of the Church, a meeting, a dance, a visit, an exploring tour, an arrival of a party of trappers and traders, a Mexican caravan, a party arriving from the states, from Fort Hall or Fort Bridger, a visit of an Indian, or perhaps mail from the distant world once or twice a year is all that breaks the monotony of our busy and peaceful life. Our old firelocks have not been rubbed up or our swords unsheathed because of any alarm, and no policeman or watchman of any kind have been on duty to guard us from external or internal danger. . . . Oh! What a life we live. It is the dream of the poets fulfilled.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 52.