Thursday, November 2, 2017

“The Greatest Resources of our Nation’s Wealth”

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What did this statement refer to?
a.                  Members of the Mormon Battalion opening up the California gold fields
b.                  The Mormon Pioneers opening up the American west
c.                   The Mormon Missionaries converting and emigrating craftsmen from Europe
d.                  The Mormon Battalion opening up the route through the southern desert
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  10 acres
In reference to the Mormon Battalion:   Few incidents of importance occurred during the journey to Salt Lake Valley where we arrived on the 16th of October and were overjoyed to meet so many of our friends and relatives. We found them living in a fort consisting of a row of buildings running at right angles around a ten acre block. The rooms all opened into the enclosure and had small windows or port holes looking outward for purposes of defense and ventilation. The entrance to the enclosure was through a large gate in the center of the east side. The gate was locked at night. The site of that first structure, which is in the sixth Ward of Salt Lake, is known still as “the old fort.” The walls, however, have long since been removed; hence, the temporary fortification now exists only in name.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1997), 8: 176.

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