Friday, December 8, 2017

Widtsoe Took on the Challenge

Elder John A. Widtsoe

A colleague of John A. Widtsoe once made the comment because of his lack of education he would be forgotten because he left so little written material behind. This was enough for Elder Widtsoe to compile his colleague’s writings. Who was the colleague?
a.                  President Joseph F. Smith
b.                  President Lorenzo Snow
c.                   President George Albert Smith
d.                  President David O. McKay
Yesterday’s answer:
C.   The beehive
The beehive is one of the most common and enduring symbols within Mormonism, used ubiquitously. For example, it appears in publications, logos, architecture, and is the name of one of the Young Women’s classes. It is an official emblem for the state of Utah, where it is used on the state seal, the state flag, highway signs, historic money, police cars, and more. The beehive is used widely in popular culture and names of businesses in Utah. Today the beehive is seen as a symbol of industry, teamwork, and unity. But evidence shows that Church leaders in the late 1840s had a different concept in mind. For them, the beehive represented the kingdom of God.

The Symbolism of the Beehive in Latter-day Saint Tradition, Val Brinkerhoff, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 2, 2013, 141.

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