Friday, July 7, 2017

Deathly Afraid

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Early non-member pioneer, George Goodhart states that he was deathly afraid of what?
a.                  Meeting Mormons
b.                  Meeting the Natives
c.                   Meeting Johnston’s army
d.                  Meeting Brigham Young
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   Moroni
It was Heber C. Kimball who had prophesied the building of the temple at Manti as early as about 1850, but nobody had paid much attention to him.
   For twenty years after Brother Kimball’s temple prediction the people of Manti went about their simple business of living and building in the manner of the day, which means during most of the day light hours of all weekdays. They died on any day. You might say that eventually they almost forgot about that temple and why they were there at all, in the hard labor they invested in their town and with the gradual coming of peace with the Indians.
   On December 4, 1873, Brother Brigham reminded them suddenly of the subject of the temple. It was in Ephraim, and the brethren sat a little straighter than usual to hear about it from the prophet himself. He was careful, even if sudden, knowing that his words travelled before the wind. As usual, his way was his own, and after mentioning it, he spoke of other things and departed again without revealing its location. . . . Discussion of its location (in Sanpete) got a little heated (after that) sometimes, especially between Ephraim and Manti.
   He waited until 1875 to settle it. On June 25 he announced calmly that “the temple should be built on the hill of the Manti stone quarry.” Then he went away again, presumably this time to give the brethren time to apologize to one another. Not until August 5, 1876, was a message from him and the General Authorities read in all the wards of southern Utah by the bishops.
   “. . . We feel to say to the Latter-day Saints, let us arise and build Temples to our God. Let the bishops of the settlements in Washington, Kane, Iron, Piute, Beaver, Millard, Sevier, Sanpete, and Juab counties call the people of the wards together and ascertain how much each one is willing to do in labor and means, monthly, quarterly, and annually toward the erection of a Temple in Manti, Sanpete County.”
   Brother Brigham came to Manti once more in the early summer of 1877. He moved more slowly then, and he took Brother Warren Snow with him for a walk up the hill. There were few words spoken, the Prophet absorbed within himself and Brother Warren deferring. They stopped near the crest of the hill. “Here is the spot.” Announced the Prophet, according to Brother Warren, “where the Prophet Moroni stood and dedicated this piece of land for a Temple site, and that is the reason why the location is made here. We cannot move it from this place. If you and I, Brother Warren, are the only persons who come here at high noon today, we will dedicate this ground.”
   . . . Those who saw the miracle grow out of a mountain spur cannot be dissuaded from their faith by mere logical or theological debate. Clara Munk Anderson, who died in 1978 at the age of 105, said that when she was a little girl “there were just flowers on that hill,” and that “the Temple of the Lord rose up and through them under her life’s eyes. She knew that God had commanded it, that Heber C. Kimball foretold it, and that Brigham Young revealed its sacred character.”
Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1995), 6:130-

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