Friday, June 1, 2018

The First Petition

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With time the Saints petition the Federal Government for their losses in Missouri. Who was the first to send a petition to congress?
a.                  A Jackson county minister
b.                  Brigham Young
c.                   An Illinois politician
d.                  An Illinois surveyor
Yesterday’s answer:
A   The announcement of polygamy
The next morning, Sunday, August 29, the Latter-day Saints again assembled for the concluding session of that fall’s general conference [1852]. It was in this setting that Apostle Orson Pratt first announced publicly the Mormon belief in and practice of plural marriage. This theological bombshell would have a major impact on the missionaries and their labors abroad, as well as the lives and families of the missionaries when they returned from Europe.

Reid L. Neilson, “Proselyting on the Rock of Gibraltar, 1853-1855,” BYU Studies, Vol. 55, No. 1, 102.

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