Friday, February 9, 2018

A Little Different From Today

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What was it that early Salt Lake Valley pioneer Rachel Hunter Davis Stewart Adair did that would not happen today?
a.                  Received the priesthood
b.                  Was Bishop of her ward
c.                   Gave blessings of healing
d.                  Was sealed and married for time to two different men on the same day
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)                 Men and women
Although the membership of the School of the Prophets was exclusively male, women attended the conference when the school was first organized. After the conference opened on January 22, 1833, Joseph Smith spoke in tongues, followed by Zebedee Coltrin and William Smith. Thereafter, the minutes of this meeting state, “The gift was poured out in a miraculous manner until all the Elders obtained the gift together with several of the members of the Church both male and female.” The following day, the conference continued, but the minutes are not clear on whether women attended this second session as well.

From the Editors of the Joseph Smith Papers, 20 Things you Didn’t Know About Church History, LDS Living, September/October 2015, 34.

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