Sunday, February 5, 2017

In Mormon Utah, it had a Larger Following

Even though Utah was predominately LDS in the 1880’s, what had a larger following?
a.                  The Catholic Church
b.                  The anti-Mormon Salt Lake Tribune
c.                   The RLDS meetings when their missionaries visited Utah
d.                  The Church of Christ
Yesterday’s answer:
C.   The Salt Lake Temple
From the life of Marriner Wood Merrill (this incident took place prior to Brother Merrill joining the Church while still a boy living in New Brunswick, Canada):   At the age of nine years he received in an open vision a picture of his own future life and that of the people with whom he subsequently became identified. In simple, earnest and convincing words that vision was related to the writer as follows: “When I was a boy of nine years my mother sent me to the hay-field where my father and brothers were at work, to call them to dinner. On the way I became unconscious and was clothed with a vision which I distinctly remembered when I gained my usual feelings and thoughts. After I became conscious I found myself in a log cabin located on the way to the field. In this cabin I was on my knees in the attitude of prayer. In the vision I saw the Church and the Prophets Joseph and Brigham. I saw the travels of the latter and of the Saints from Nauvoo and Winter Quarters to Utah. In the vision the sight of covered buggies and wagons were as peculiar to me, for at that time I had never seen such vehicles, nor had I ever seen the mules which I beheld in my vision. I saw two and sometimes six mules to a wagon, and in the company of pioneers I beheld two men who had been boyfriends of my youth, and each of them had more than one wife. In my vision at that time the divinity of plural marriage was revealed to me. I comprehended the doctrines and principles as they had been revealed. The progress and development of the Church were shown and the persecutions of the Saints were made clear to my understanding, and I heard a voice which told me that all I beheld was true, but I had seen until I could have the opportunity of leaving my native country. Upon reaching home I was pale, and it was some time before I could speak distinctly. That incident of my life made a very strong impression upon my boyish mind, and one day I ventured to ask my mother a question about plural marriage, why it was not practiced now as in the days of God’s ancient people. She answered in surprise by asking what I knew about such things. Fearing that I might betray that secret revealed, I made no more mention of the matter.”
Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:156.

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