Sunday, May 13, 2018

“The Beast Daniel Saw”

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In 1851 Elder Ezra Taft Benson formed the North Pigeon Branch. This Branch would eventually split through dissension. One of the dissenting members stated that the Beast Daniel saw was who?
a.                  Elder Benson
b.                  Porter Rockwell
c.                   Brigham Young
d.                  Joseph Smith
Yesterday’s answer:
D.   Offer to educate in their facilities
The presidencies in which Smith served as counselor faced severe attack centered on the Church’s social dominance. This opposition was inextricably linked to education across the Intermountain West. As the population of the region became increasingly more diverse because of the federal military presence in 1858, the discovery of silver in 1863, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, Protestant church groups fought to minimize Latter-day Saint control over society. Creating mission schools, Protestant leaders sought to lure away youth with the promise of better education even boasting, “The Mormon people will send their children to our day schools, and [Church president] Brigham [Young] and his bishops can’t prevent it.” Ultimately, ninety non-Mormon denominational schools operated in Utah from 1869 to 1890. At their peak, they employed over two hundred teachers and enrolled seven thousand students, over half of whom came from Latter-day Saint homes. While Protestant groups made educational inroads among the Church’s youth, the federal government sought to reduce the Church’s political power, likewise influencing schools. The Edmunds-Tucker Act, with the most stringent antipolygamy provisions of the era, made the office of superintendent of district schools appointive rather than elective. The federally appointed replacement was charged to “prohibit the use in any district school of any book of a sectarian character or otherwise unsuitable.”
The Symbolism of the Beehive in Latter-day Saint Tradition, Val Brinkerhoff, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 2, 2013, 47.

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