Saturday, April 15, 2017

Emma and Lewis

Lewis C. Bidamon
Emma married Lewis Bidamon, her second husband, on an important date. What was the occasion?
a.                  The day the Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley
b.                  On Joseph Smith’s birthday
c.                   The day the Saints were forced to leave Nauvoo
d.                  The day Brigham Young was made President of the Church
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   $25,000
It was explained that the Mormons were expected to pay tithing as increases occurred, but at the end of the year they met with their bishop and were either credited with overpayment or arranged to make up whatever deficit remained, a “tithing settlement.” That this statement for one individual was representative of tithing practices is supported by a general accounting from the General Tithing Office in Salt Lake City. This indicated that out of total receipts valued at $143,372 (this is for the year 1854), only $25,000 was in cash and all the rest in farm products, home manufactures, and labor. Naturally, this flow of goods, some of it livestock and much of it perishable, required efficient and complicated organization to turn it to account. Tithing houses, or bishop’s storehouses, were set up in every community, with the General Tithing Office in Salt Lake City as the headquarters.

Robert Mullen, The Latter-day Saints: The Mormons Yesterday and Today (New York: Doubleday, 1966), 133.

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