Friday, April 20, 2018

Stunned After the August 1852 General Conference

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Why was this conference called early, and why did most in attendance leave stunned at the news announced from the pulpit?
a.                  The United States was sending an army to Utah
b.                  The church was moving to California
c.                   Over 100 new missionaries were called during the conference to foreign missions
d.                  All asked to increase their amount of tithing to 15% for the building of the Salt Lake Temple
Yesterday’s answer:
A.                  Pity
B.                  [George Q.] Cannon’s feelings toward enemies were not of anger but rather of pity.
“My feelings . . . were those of profound pity for these people who were fighting against us. A few years more and they would disappear from the scene and their mortal careers would be ended, and in view of the punishment that awaited them for fighting against the work of God we could afford to pity them. I had no feelings of revenge or anger or vindictiveness towards any in my heart. (September 20, 1882)

Richard Dilworth Rust, “The Online Journal of George Q. Cannon, BYU Studies, Vol. 55, 2016, 40.

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