Friday, August 25, 2017

His Tie to the Church

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In 1863, Amos Reid was announced as the new secretary to James Duane Doty, Utah’s 5th Governor. Before this, however, Amos Reid had a tie to the Church, what was it?
a.                  He is the son of Porter Rockwell
b.                  His father defended Joseph Smith during his first public trial
c.                   He helped pave the way in Illinois for the Nauvoo city charter
d.                  He helped secure land for the Salt Lake Temple
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   No cutting of green timber
From the life of Jesse N. Smith:   So great was the scarcity of timber that no one was permitted to cut any green tree except there was some pressing necessity therefor. With the arrival of Pres. Brigham Young, in the fall of 1848 a change came over the spirits of the people. He lifted the embargo that rested on the cutting of green timber, proclaiming that there would be enough for all, and more, a thing which then seemed very unlikely, and he also put forth what seemed to me a very hazardous prediction, that was, that in a few years the cricket would entirely disappear, so that there would hardly be a specimen left. I have seen these predictions fulfilled, though at the time they were made, they were opposed to all human probability.
Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:318.

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