Friday, June 30, 2017

As True as Steel

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While serving a mission in the late 1880’s, Abraham Woodruff stated that these Saints were as true as steel. Who was he referring to?
a.                  The Russian saints
b.                  The Chinese saints
c.                   The German saints
d.                  The Welsh saints
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  Building a home outside of the fort
In any society there are stubborn individualists, and in the history of Salt Lake City, Lorenzo D. Young had his special place. He had built two houses inside the Old Fort, but after the immigration arrived, on the grounds that the situation of the fort was “low,” and the health of his pregnant wife so demanded, he sold out his property in the fort and began erecting, on the site of the Beehive House east of the Temple Block, “a house of hewn logs, of two rooms and hallway between.” Though the authorities called him on the carpet, Lorenzo’s explanations were plausible and he was allowed to live outside the fort that first winter. His two houses or rooms, completed December 23, 1847, were the first erected on any city lot. The rest of the wintering Saints, numbering 1,671, were packed into the 423 houses they had contrived to build inside the forts.
Not until Brigham Young returned with the Mormon immigration of 1848 did occupation of the city plat begin; through the spring and summer the settlers carried out their farming operation s from their homes in the fort.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1997), 8: 105.

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