Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It Became an Early Issue

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What measure did the Saints have to adopt very early after their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley?
a.                  No more trading with the natives except in their encampments
b.                  Early bed time on Saturday evening to cut down on the number of sleepers in Church
c.                   The issue of land ownership
d.                  What to do with children during Church since there wasn’t yet the primary or nursery
Yesterday’s answer:
b.   Sugar from the poplar trees
From the life of Elias Hicks Blackburn:   The spring of 1855 opened under more favorable circumstances; still many of the Saints went without the comforts of life. Provisions were very high. Sugar, for instance, was worth a dollar a pound in Provo. In August, 1855, a memorable blessing was given to the people of Provo, in the shape of a hard white substance found upon the leaves of the young cottonwood trees. We shook off this substance, which was very sweet, into tubs of water, and boiled it down, without process, when it congealed into sugar, but the color of our common brown sugar. The Saints in Provo made between three and four thousand pounds of this kind of sugar. I told the Saints that it as a direct gift from the Lord, and they freely paid their tithing on it. Among other products I took 333 lbs. of this sugar to Salt Lake City to the general tithing office. On explaining the matter to President Brigham Young, whom I met at the door, he declared it was sugar from the Lord.

Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 492.

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