Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Rubbing Shoulders with the Low

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When Hannah Tapfield King’s mother accused her of associating with “the low” after Hannah joined the Church, what was Hannah’s response?
a.                  It can’t be any lower than the church that her parents associated with
b.                  Christ Apostles were considered low
c.                   I might be starting low, but unlike you, mom, I’m not going to finish low
d.                  Low is good. Usually low goes unnoticed
Yesterday’s answer:
B.   19th century
From the early years of Mormon history, Italy attracted the attention of the Church’s leadership as a proselyting field. In April 1849, less than two years after the arrival of the first pioneer companies in Salt Lake Valley. President Brigham Young announced plans to open missionary work in non-English speaking countries, and by October of that year the first group of missionaries left the Utah territory bound for continental Europe with the charge to begin preaching in Italy, France, and Denmark. Thus, midway through the “century of missions” (as the nineteenth century had been called), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became one of the first religions of the modern era to begin actively proselyting on Italian soil.

James A. Toronto and Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, The LDS Church in Italy, BYU Studies, Vol. 51, Number 3, 2012, 83.

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