Friday, February 2, 2018

Mercy Partridge’s Marriage Proposal

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Mercy Partridge is the non-member sister of Bishop Edward Partridge. She would become one of the first Christian missionaries to the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands. How long did she know her husband before she agreed to marry him?
a.                  5 years
b.                  2 hours
c.                   1 week
d.                  10 years
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   1890’s
There were real and significant changes taking place, not only in terms of the external pressures that had been brought to bear on the Mormons, but also in terms of the demographics and internal dynamics of the community itself. In the 1890s, Mormondom reached a demographic turning point: more new members were added by birth than by baptism. This was a reversal of the pattern of conversion that had worked to establish the community in its first sixty years, and the new tread would continue for another fifty years. Moreover, the generation of young people coming of age in the 1890s was an exceptionally large cohort. According to historian Davis Bitton, by the 1880s about 54 percent of the population of Utah was teenage or younger, and nearly 18 percent was age four or less. The 1880 census found that “Utah has more children under five years old in proportion to its population, than any other division in the country.” These children were the teenagers and young adults of the 1890s.

The 1890s Mormon Culture of Letters and the Post-Manifesto Marriage Crisis, Lisa Olsen Tait, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 1, 2013, 105.

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