Monday, October 2, 2017

The Last Spike

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It was a time of celebration. Salt Lake City was now tied to the rest of the country via the railroad. What was special about the last spike driven on the spur line to Salt Lake City?
a.                  It was made of gold
b.                  It was made of silver
c.                   It had the words “This is the place” inscribed on it
d.                  It had the words “Holiness to the Lord” inscribed on it
Yesterday’s answer:
C.   Lorenzo Snow
Caleb W. West-13th and 15th governor of Utah: Governor West arrived in Salt Lake City on May 5, 1886. He was welcomed by all classes of citizens. He was met in Ogden by a delegation of both Mormons and Gentiles, who escorted him to the capital. The same evening, from the balcony of the Walker House, he addressed a large crowd gathered there, expressing good will toward all of the people of the territory and a determination to perform his duty faithfully and fearlessly.
   One of the first official acts that he did was to visit the penitentiary and contact some of the 49 inmates who were there for polygamy. He talked to Apostle Lorenzo Snow and others, pleading with them, saying he would pardon them if they would obey the anti-polygamy laws as interpreted by the federal courts. While impressed with the governor’s well-meant offer, they informed him that this proposition involved the sacrifice of a religious conviction that they could not conscientiously give the required promise.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7,  131.

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