Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Be Careful What You Joke About

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Orson F. Whitney was on his way to Brigham Young’s school house in Salt Lake City when he met a friend. The friend wanted him to go somewhere else with him. Orson relented jokingly stating they were going to make him an officer of the Church. Joking aside, he was called to the position later in the meeting. What was he called to?
a.                  First Quorum of the Seventy
b.                  Stake Clerk
c.                   Quorum of the Twelve
d.                  Bishop
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  The Protestant Church
From the life of William Bell Barton:   Soon after this latter ordination he was called to labor as presiding Elder in the Newton branch of the Liverpool conference. He was successful in his labors and by the blessings of the Lord he enjoyed the privilege of adding some members to the Church. He hired a hall in the village of Haydock, in which to hold meetings, but after fitting the place up for worship the Saints were only allowed to use it three Sabbath days, when they were informed that the hall could not be used any longer for religious purposes, as the owner of the building had received a notice to the effect that if he allowed any more meetings to be held there, the lease would be cancelled and the property taken from him. On reading the lease Brother Barton found that one of the conditions read as follows: “No landlord shall be permitted to let or rent any room, house or cottage, to any dissenters from the Protestant church under penalty of confiscation.”

Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 683-684.

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