Thursday, July 6, 2017

Manti’s Hill was Dedicated Before the Saints Arrived

When Brigham Young broke the news that a temple would be built on Manti’s hill, he also revealed that the hill was previously dedicated. Who dedicated the land that the Manti temple is built on?
a.                  Joseph Smith after he died
b.                  Moroni
c.                   Nephi
d.                  The Lord
Yesterdays’ answer:
(C)   He tried both ecclesiastical and civil cases in his court
From the life of Daniel Spencer:   At the organization of the Salt Lake Stake, he was, under the First Presidency and Twelve, made the spiritual head of the entire colony; and under his administration Salt Lake City grew up several years before its incorporation under the civic government. At that time the president of the Stake occupied something like the position of the mayor of the inchoate city, and chief justice of the Church. Nearly all cases were tried under him, in the court of the High Council, he sitting with his counselors as presiding judge; and not only did  this court adjudicate all the differences arising between members of the Church, but the Gentile emigrants to California, on their arrival in Salt Lake City, brought their difficulties before this court for equitable settlement. It is to be observed that, in 1849, there was no courts of any kind to which the “gold-finders” could bring their difficulties after they left the Missouri river until they reached Salt Lake City, where a court of justice of the “Mormon” Church existed, over which Daniel Spencer presided. Strange as it may seem in history, many of the Gentile emigrants brought their cases for adjudication before this court, some of them involving tens of thousands of dollars; and with such equity did Daniel Spencer administer justice that the California emigrants very generally concede that they obtained more equitable settlements than they would have done by litigation in the courts. In their “letter home,” published in American and English papers, may be found often acknowledgments of this kind from the gold seekers of 1849-50.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:288-289.

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