Thursday, November 30, 2017

“Pioneering on Pioneer Day”

Alma O. Taylor made the statement “pioneering on Pioneer Day” during the 1901 celebration. What was he referring to?
a.                  Leaving for his mission to Japan on this day
b.                  Being asked to settle in Arizona on this day
c.                   Being asked to participate in Polygamy on this day
d.                  Being called as the Church’s first Young Men’s President on this day
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)                 The Mormon Trail
Comments about the trail west:   “If there is any meanness in a man, it makes no difference how well he has it covered, the plains is the place that will bring it out.” “All the bad traits of the men are now well-developed—their true character is shown, untrammeled, unvarnished, selfishness, hypocrisy, &c. Some, whom at home were thought gentlemen, are now totally unprincipled.” Another emigrant remarked, “If a man has a mean streak about him half an inch long, I’ll be bound if it won’t come out on the plains.” One traveler summarized his observation, “if a man is predisposed to be quarrelsome, obstinate, or selfish, from his natural constitution, these repulsive traits are certain to be developed in a journey over the plains. The trip is a sort of magic mirror, and exposes every man’s qualities of heart connect with it, vicious or amiable.” Lucian Boren, a Latter-day Saint, concluded after arriving in Salt Lake City in 1853, “No one but those who crossed the plains can even imagine the trials we had to pass through.”

Violence and Disruptive Behavior on the Difficult Trail to Utah, 1847-1868, David L. Clark (BYU Studies, Vol. 53, Number 4, 2014), 88.

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