Saturday, September 9, 2017

Estates Without a Legal Claimant

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Where did the money go from deceased individuals who did not have a legal claimant in early Utah history?
a.                  The Perpetual Emigration fund
b.                  The Missionary fund
c.                   Brigham Young’s pocket
d.                  The tithing fund
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   The ground breaking of the Salt Lake Temple
From the life of John Daniel Thompson:   Feb. 14, 1853, a large number of people assembled on the Temple Block to witness the breaking and consecrating of the Temple grounds. There was about three inches of snow on the ground, but the morning was clear and lovely, the snow soon melted, and in some places the ground was left quite bare. The Nauvoo and Ballo bands cheered us with their sweet music. At about 10 o’clock a. m., Pres. Young arrived, and the assembled multitude I witnessed the survey of the site of the Church architect, and Surveyor Jesse W. Fox. This work was completed about 11 o’clock, when the First Presidency, the Twelve Apostles and others moved to the corner of the south and east lines. Pres. Brigham Young addressed us thirty minutes, and related briefly the changes through which the Church had passed, the difficulties the Saints had encountered in Ohio, Missouri and Illinois, and how they had been led by an overruling providence to this consecrated spot. Seven years ago, he said, he had left Nauvoo, not knowing which way to go, only as he learned by dreams, visions and revelations, that there was a good place in the mountains for the Saints. The united bands of music were invited to the center; the standard bearer placed the ensign on the center stake of the Temple [plat, where all could see it, the musicians formed in a circle, and gave cheering strain to “Auld Lang Syne.” Pres. Kimball offered the dedicatory prayer, after which the presidency moved to the southeast corner of the Temple site, where, with the Twelve, Mayor Jedediah M. Grant, Marshal Jesse C. Little and others they succeeded in picking around a piece of earth, about one foot square, and while doing this a silver dollar fell on the square of earth without anyone knowing where it came from. Pres. Kimball prophesied that it was a good token, and that means would not be wanted to build the Temple. After the earth was loosened, about six inches deep, Pres. Young said that it was his privilege to remove it; and he took the lump upon his spade and lift it up high, while he said, ‘Get out of my way, for I am going to throw this.’ He held it about a minute before he could get room to lay it down off the Temple site. He then addressed the multitude and declared the ground broken for the Temple, blessed the people in the name of the Lord, and dismissed the assembly. We all said Amen.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:334-335.

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