Saturday, June 2, 2018

Closure of the French Polynesia Mission

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There are a few reasons why the French Polynesia mission closed. Below are listed what could have been one of the causes, which one is it?
a.                  No baptisms
b.                  No member support
c.                   The missionaries could not be self-supporting
d.                  Called home because of the United States army on its way to Utah
Yesterday’s answer:
D   An Illinois surveyor
Since their expulsion from Jackson County, Missouri, in 1833, and from the state of Missouri in 1838-39, Church members had sought in vain for redress from local, state, and federal government officials and bodies including the U.S. Congress. The most recent attempt to appeal to the U.S. Congress began in November 1843 ,when John Frierson, a surveyor form Quincy, Illinois, wrote a memorial on behalf of the Latter-day Saints to Congress. Frierson recounted the robbery, destruction of property, and murder that Church members suffered at the hands of the Missourians. The memorial asked Congress to consider the crimes committed against the Mormons, “receive testimony in the case, and grant such relief as by the Constitution and Laws you may have power to give.” Joseph Smith and city council signed the memorial on December 16, 1843. The memorial was ultimately signed by 3,419 inhabitants of Hancock and Adams Counties and was carried to Washington, D. C., by Orson Pratt, who left Nauvoo in March 1844. On April 5, 1844, James Semple, U.S. senator from Illinois, presented this memorial to the U.S. Senate, and it was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Shortly thereafter, Orson Hyde and Orson Pratt drafted a bill that they presented to the same committee asking that $2 million be appropriated for the Mormon’s relief. The committee took no action on either the memorial or the daft bill.

Matthew J. Grow, Ronald K. Esplin, Mark Ashurst-McGee, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, and Jeffrey D. Mahas, Minutes of the Afternoon Meeting of the Council of Fifty, April 11, 1844, BYU Studies, Vol. 55, No. 3 32.

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