Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Struggling with the Decision

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What decision was St. George pioneer Martha Cragun Cox struggling with?
a.                  Marriage
b.                  Return to Salt Lake City
c.                   Whether she should be sealed to her current husband in the newly built St. George Temple
d.                  Moving to California
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Titles to their Missouri or Kirtland properties
Missouri Saints in exile in Quincy, Illinois, through the winter of 1838-39 began to leave that place in the spring and travel seventy miles up the Mississippi River to newly selected gathering sites in Hancock County, Illinois, and Lee County, Iowa. There Church leaders had secured for the Church thousands of acres, and many Saints were trading titles to their abandoned Missouri lands or Kirtland property for lots in the area. Commerce, Illinois, rapidly became the central gathering place, and during the summer of  1839 Saints renamed the settlement “Nauvoo,” a word of Hebraic derivation signifying according to Joseph Smith, a beautiful, restful location.

Women’s Voices-An Untold History of The Latter-day Saints 1830-1900 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 117.

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