Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Stopover in the Iowa Settlements

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The Church authorities suggested that those coming from Europe might want to stopover in the Iowa settlements first. Why?
a.                  To climatize to America
b.                  Apostatize here if they are going to do it rather than in the Salt Lake Valley
c.                   To learn American customs
d.                  To learn English
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   Mechanic
Emphasizing more than mere book learning, Joseph F. Smith also reflected the influence of his own practical education and the rural society in which he was raised. “We need manual training schools instead of so much book-leaning and the stuffing of fairy tales and fables, which are contained in many of our school books of today,” Smith counseled. “if we could devote more money and time, more energy and attention to teaching our children manual labor in our schools than we do, it would be a better thing for the rising generation.” Though he allowed educational diversity in Church schools, Smith editorialized in 1903, “None can deny that there is too great a tendency among the young men, especially in our larger cities, to seek the lighter employments. Politics, law, medicine, trade, clerking, banking are all needful and good in their place, but we need builders, mechanics, farmers, and men who can use their powers to produce something for the use of man.”

The Symbolism of the Beehive in Latter-day Saint Tradition, Val Brinkerhoff, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 2, 2013, 46.

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