Saturday, May 12, 2018

Luring the Youth from the Church

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What did the Protestant Church do in the Salt Lake Valley from 1870s to the 1890s to lure the youth away from the Church?
a.                  Offer free novels
b.                  Offer a free horse and wagon
c.                   Offer free tickets to Saltair resort
d.                  Offer to educate in their facilities
Yesterday’s answer:
A   Baptism
While the period of depression that followed the Panic of 1873 offered to Church leaders “precisely the opportunity they had desired” to experiment with Mormon economic institutions, the United Order, with its emphasis on living the law of consecration, was as much a spiritual renewal and recommitment as it was an economic order, It was designed to prepare a modern Zion “for the return of the City of Enoch at Christ’s Second Coming’ and to forge a people one in heart and mind, with no rich or poor among them.
It was not enough simply to participate in this “Order of Enoch” as it was sometimes called, as evidence of its religious underpinnings, one had to be baptized into it. There is even record of baptism by proxy for the dead into the Order. Such baptisms reconfirmed “all former washings and anointing’s and ordinations,” Clearly foreshadowing its place in future temple worship. As Stake President Joseph A. Young of the Sevier Stake interpreted it, the United Order “was but a stepping stone to that which would be given.

“Which is the Wisest Course,” The Transformation in Mormon Temple Consciousness, 1870-1898. Richard E. Bennett, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 2, 2013, 15.

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