Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Edward and Mercy Partridge

Edward Partridge

Edward was the first LDS bishop, his sister, Mercy, was what?
a.                  The first Relief Society President
b.                  A Congregationalist missionary
c.                   In the first Relief Society Presidency
d.                  A Congregationalist Minister
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   The youth of the church
“We are certainly undergoing radical changes in our temporal and more especially our political affairs,” Susa Young Gates wrote the following year. This sense of profound and unsettling change in the community was focused in a perception of generational crisis, with fears for the future expressed as the tendency of the young people to be spiritually unmotivated, materialistic, and even rebellious. Such concerns appeared frequently in the Young Woman’s Journal. “Sister Snow spoke intelligently and with feeling of the indifference which seems to be growing up among the young in regard to spiritual affairs,” according got one report, while Sister Talmage deplored “the flippant way some young ladies have of referring to sacred things.” Talmage revisited the subject the next month, asserting that many young women were “’running astray’ rather than being ‘led astray.’” Fictional characters voiced the concerns as well. “I tell you young people now-a-days don’t know what life means,” Aunt Betsy declares in one story as she watches her young niece prepare to be married. “They must begin it with everything heart can desire, consequently they can’t enjoy anything.”

The 1890s Mormon Culture of Letters and the Post-Manifesto Marriage Crisis, Lisa Olsen Tait, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 1, 2013, 104.

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