Monday, April 10, 2017

The “Trial Period”

At the time the Church was first organized, other churches of the day had what was called trial periods. What was a “trial period?”
a.                  To make certain the person that wanted to join their church understood the doctrines
b.                  To make certain the person that wanted to join their church disavowed Mormonism
c.                   To make certain the person that wanted to join their church convinced the pastor that they belonged
d.                  To make certain the person that wanted to join their church gave an acceptable donation each week
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  14-75
Nor must we forget the militia. This was one of the first concerns of the new government in Utah. The organizers of this body of soldiery were Charles C. Rich and Daniel H. Wells. All the able-bodied men in the community over the age of fourteen and under seventy-five were supposed to belong to it. However, in reality, under this government it never exceeded two cohorts, or eleven companies—six of horse and five of foot soldiers. Wells was elected major general and Horace S. Eldredge and Jedediah M. Grant brigadier generals of the first and the second cohorts respectively. It was called the Nauvoo Legion.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 62.


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