Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Saturday Afternoon’s on the Trail

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What was Saturday afternoon’s devoted to on the trail west to the Salt Lake Valley?
a.                  Wagon repair and baking
b.                  Church meetings
c.                   Horse shoe tournaments
d.                  Hunting
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   That they would serve as Joseph Smith’s cabinet if he was elected to the President of the United  States
In March 1844, Cutler [Alpheus] also became a charter member of the “Kingdom of God” or Council of Fifty, as it was often called. This group developed out of both the Anointed Quorum and Mormonism’s growing political agendas that surfaced in the Nauvoo period. The council was envisioned as the making of a theocratic government that, if Smith had been elected U.S. president in 1844, would have presumably served as his cabinet. A more feasible plan was also enacted in which the council gathered intelligence on the potential for colonizing a Mormon state in the West. Importantly, for the future of the Cutlerites, this council also discussed reviving efforts to convert groups of Native Americans and anticipated the building of individual colonies throughout the continent.

Christopher James Blythe, The Upper-Room Work: Exotericism in the Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerite), 1853-1912, Journal of Mormon History, Summer 2014, 54.

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