Wednesday, March 15, 2017

It’s What They Were Doing at the Time

According to William Gilbert Smith, what were the adults doing when the mob first entered the small village of Haun’s Mill?
a.                  Meeting to decide if they should stay or go
b.                  Meeting to decide guard duty
c.                   Meeting to hear a reading of a letter from Joseph Smith
d.                  Working
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  Emigrant trains on their way to Oregon or California
Lieutenant Gunnison, Captain Stansbury, and others who visited Salt Lake City while the State of Deseret was the governing organ were favorably impressed with the equitable way in which justice was administered to Mormons and non-Mormons alike. In the words of Stansbury:
“The jurisdiction of the State of Deseret had been extended over and was vigorously enforced upon all who came within its borders, and justice was equitably administered alike to ‘saints’ and ‘gentiles’—as they term all who are not of their persuasions. . . .
“Their courts were constantly appealed to by companies of passing emigrants, who, having fallen out by the way, could not agree upon the division of their property. The decisions were remarkable for fairness and impartiality, and, if not submitted to, were sternly enforced by the whole power of the community.”

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 60-61.

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