Aerial view of Rosemary, Alberta
Why did the Church purchase 7,300 acres of land in 1944 in the Rosemary, Alberta area?
a. To start a Church ranch
b. To establish a gathering place for the Canadian Saints
c. To provide land for returning veterans from World War II
d. To re-sale at a profit to farmers that wanted to purchase
(B) A two year mission from God
During the 1870’s and afterward, various Congressmen and Senators proposed additional anti-Mormon legislation. As a friend of the Mormons, Pennsylvania reformer Thomas L. Kane worked with Utah territorial delegates and friendly Congressmen and Senators to defeat or amend this legislation. Kane initiated a lobbying effort that reached various members of Congress and US presidents to try to defeat anti-Mormon legislation. He became even more intensely involved in Mormon relations with the federal government following President Ulysses S. Grants’ 1870 appointment of James B. McKean as Chief Justice of the Utah Territorial Supreme Court.
Born in Vermont, McKean had moved to New York, served as a county judge, fought in the Civil War, and entered private legal practice in New York City. Grant appointed him to the Utah court reportedly on the recommendation of his friend, the Reverend John P. Newman, a Methodist bishop and chaplain of the United States Senate.
In 1872, while in Washington, McKean reflected on two years of service. In conversation with Grant’s brother-in-law and Julia Dent Grant’s brother, Louis Dent, McKean said that he had gone on a mission from God to suppress Mormonism.
Glenn Rawson and Dennis Lyman ed., The Mormon Wars (American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communication, 2014), 120.