Saturday, May 6, 2017

Imitating Brigham Young

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During the Nauvoo years, who pretended to be Brigham Young so that Brigham could escape the U.S. Marshalls?
a.                  Porter Rockwell
b.                  William Miller
c.                   Heber C. Kimball
d.                  Lorenzo Young
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   Leaving Utah to find gold
Thus far were the Mormon leaders willing to go in their accommodation and adjustment to the gold situation. Their action indicated a willingness to use such of the gold as freely came their way, or such as fortune threw their way for social purposes rather than for individual enrichment.
   Inasmuch as the Mormon Church did not consider the advisability of moving its headquarters to the coast, the second vital issue was whether it would encourage its membership to go there temporarily and return laden with yellow metal. In the event it did not choose to stimulate members to go on such an economic mission, it might at least permit individuals to participate on their own responsibility. The positon of the Church relative thereto was quickly formulated and expressed in emphatic and unequivocal language. Brigham Young, as early as October 1, 1848, stated to the retuning members of the Battalion: “If we were to go to San Francisco and dig up chunks of gold, or find it in the valley, it would ruin us.” Notwithstanding his discouragement his journal of December 7, 1848, carries this admission: “Some few have caught the gold fever; I counseled such and all the Saints to remain in the valleys of the mountain, make improvements, build comfortable houses, and raise grain against the days of famine and pestilence with which the earth would be visited.”

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 67.

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