Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lifting the Embargo

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When the Saints first entered the valley in 1847 they set an embargo. When Brigham Young returned to the valley in 1848 he lifted the embargo. What was the embargo?
a.                  No trading with the natives
b.                  No trading with the mountain men
c.                   No cutting of green timber
d.                  No trading with the 49ers
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  They burned a picture of Joseph Smith
Wonderful manifestations followed the preaching of the gospel by John E. Forsgren [in Sweden, 1850]. His brother relates the following incident: John Forsgren was one day summoned to the office of the public prosecutor, and the latter asked him if he had a picture of the Prophet Joseph. He procured a picture, and the officer set fire to it. While it was burning, Elder Forsgren had a vision in which he saw the city of Gefle destroyed by fire. He told his friends of this vision, and also that they would be in America when the visitation would take place. Nineteen years from the date of the burning of Joseph’s picture, the city of Gefle was almost totally destroyed by fire, and the conflagration started in the very house where the picture of the Prophet had been sacrificed.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:282.  

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