Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Her Husband Appeared to Her in a Vision

According to Elizabeth Jackson, one of the handcart pioneers, she sat up all night long through the biting chill of winter because the men were too weak to set up the tents. Her husband appeared to her in a vision that night and told her what?
a.                  That her and the children would soon be with him
b.                  That she and the children would make it alive to the Salt Lake Valley
c.                   That the relief wagons would be there the next day
d.                  That she would never see the valley
Yesterday’s answer:
D.   $1 million
Referring to the sugar beet experiment in Utah: It was the largest and heaviest shipment up to that time and when finally set up, two seasons after the planned time, it could produce only a low grade of molasses. All of the $32,000 raised in Europe had been spent and the Church had invested about $15,000. Creditors were pressing and the enterprise was bankrupt. At this point Brigham Young stepped in as trustee in trust and took over the enterprise as a public works of the Church, sighing, “I for one would have been glad to have had other men engaged in the manufacture of sugar from the beet, and not have troubled us with it at all, but so it is in the all-wise providence of God, and He does all things right.”
   The Church proved to be no better, and perhaps a bit worse, manager than the private investors, and although it was proved that sugar beets could be grown in Utah, it could not be show that commercial grade sugar could be manufactured in profitable quantities. The project was dropped in the fall of 1856 with a loss to private investors and the Church of about $100,000. For the next forty years the Mormons imported up to $1,000,000 worth of sugar every year, and every year they lamented their failure to produce beet sugar. In the 1890s they tried again, successfully.

Robert Mullen, The Latter-day Saints: The Mormons Yesterday and Today (New York: Doubleday, 1966), 137-138.

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