Thursday, March 2, 2017

Having His Son Arrested

Why did William John Smith’s father have him arrested?
a.                  To teach him responsibility
b.                  For joining the Mormon Church
c.                   To protect him from mobbers
d.                  To keep him from emigrating to Utah
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  The State of Deseret
Names of the first six persons baptized according to Geo. A. Smith, church historian, who presented the names to President Brigham Young, November 22nd, 1858: Oliver Cowdery, baptized by Joseph Smith, Jun. ; Joseph Smith, Jun., baptized by Oliver Cowdery; Samuel H. Smith, baptized by Oliver Cowdery; Hyrum Smith, baptized by Joseph Smith, Jun.; David Whitmer, baptized by Joseph Smith Jun.; Peter Whitmer, Jun., baptized by Oliver Cowdery. There has been some question as to the number that had been baptized previous to the organization of the church on the 6th day of April, 1830. David Whitmer in his Address to All Believers in Christ, a pamphlet of seventy-five pages, published in 1887, says that there were six elders and about seventy members before April 6th, 1830. Others have estimated the number at thirty, thirty-five, and forty. These estimates, however, are beyond all question too large. In the minutes of the second conference of the church, held at Fayette, New York, on the 26th of September, 1830, this statement is made: “Number of the several members uniting themselves to this church since the last conference, thirty-five: making in whole, now belonging to this church, sixty-two.” “The conference,” referred to was one held on the 9th of June, 1830. If there was but sixty-two members in September, 1830, and thirty-five were added since the last conference of the church held on the 9th of June of that year, then there were but twenty-seven in the church on the said 9th of June. In the last week of May, 1830, Newel Knight was baptized—one; on the 18th of April, 1830, Oliver Cowdery baptized seven; on the 11th of April, Oliver baptized six persons; on the 6th of April, 1830, the same day that the church was organized, there were four persons baptized, two of whom were the father and mother of the Prophet. This makes a total of eighteen baptized between the 9th of June conference and the 6th of April meeting; and as there were but twenty-seven in the church on the 9th of June, the number that had been baptized up to the 6th of April, 1830, must have been but nine.

B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church (Brigham Young University Press: Provo, Utah, 1965), Vol. 1, 196.

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