Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Mormon Battalion and the Maricopa’s and Pima’s

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When the Mormon Battalion ran into the Maricopa and Pima Natives of southern Arizona, what was it that impressed the men of the Battalion about the natives?
a.                  How industrious they were
b.                  Their honesty
c.                   How they could live in such desolation
d.                  How similar their religious beliefs were with the Saints
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)               Denmark
(B)               The release of Mormonens Offer (A Victim of the Mormons-A Danish anti-Mormon film) came during a time when considerable attention was focused internationally on the problem of what was then called the white-slave trade, human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Inspired by the work of English feminist Josephine Butler and others, an international movement emerged in the early twentieth century that included the Danish Committee for the Prevention of the White Slave Trade, founded in 1902. The chairman of the committee, Col. Axel Liljefalk, claimed that the Mormons were transporting hundreds of young Danish women to America as white slaves and implied that the nefarious plot (never proved) was connected with the disappearance of many young women in Chicago (December 2, 1913).
Similar claims—but about the recruitment of young women as polygamous wives—were made by a professional anti-Mormon lecturer, a former Latter-day Saint named Hans Peter Freece from Salina, Utah, in Denmark and in England, in the English language in both countries. In a series of letters that he signed as a member of the Rigsdag, [Member of the LDS and elected Danish official Frederik Ferdinand] Samuelsen challenged Col. Liljefalk to produce any evidence for his claims about the Mormons but did not receive a straightforward response.

Richard L. Jensen, “Mr. Samuelsen Goes to Copenhagen: The First Mormon Member Of A National Parliament,” Journal of Mormon History, Spring 2013, 2-5.

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