Monday, January 15, 2018

He Shocked Those that Were There

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Heber C. Kimball

It is claimed that Heber C. Kimball did what that shocked those that were in attendance. What did Heber do?
a.                  Disagreed with Brigham Young
b.                  Laughed while giving a prayer
c.                   Joked in the Nauvoo Temple
d.                  Disagreed with Joseph Smith
Yesterday’s answer: 
(D)    Secular affairs
In reference to the Council of Fifty:   Although some have seen this council as a separate or even superior center of “Church” or “priesthood” authority, there is no hint of that in the record. The organization was involved only in the temporal or political or practical program of protecting the Church and providing space for it to flourish; it focused on the “temporal” or political or external program of interfacing between the Church (and its leaders) and the larger world. There is in the record no discussion of or exercise of priesthood keys, no ordinations, no ordinances, and no explanation of temple teachings or other Church doctrine.
The program of the council might be described in terms of its short-term practical projects, it overarching long-term goal, and its millennial aspirations. The practical program of the council during Smith’s lifetime was straightforward. Those initiatives, some of which before the council was organize and were brought into the council, included managing Joseph Smith’s presidential campaign, uniting the western Indians, and petitioning Washington for authority to protect emigrants to the West. Even as they faced immediate exigencies, the council and its members remained committed to the longer-range project of establishing a new home for the Saints outside the boundaries of the United States where they might have a government of their own that would protect their rights and those of any who chose to join them. As Heber C. Kimball said to the council in March 1845, “I feel as though there was something deficient all the time when I reflect that we have not yet sent out men to find a location where we can erect the standard of liberty. When we get that done the nations will flock to it and many of us will live to see it.”

Ronald K. Esplin, Understanding the Council of Fifty and Its Minutes, BYU Studies, Vol. 55, No. 3, 20-21.

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