Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Day he was Arrested

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B. H. Roberts

The day B. H. Roberts was arrested for unlawful cohabitation, what was he called to?
a.                  On a mission
b.                  To be an apostle
c.                   To be a stake president
d.                  To be a bishop
Yesterday’s answer:
D   The announcement of Polygamy
From the life of Orson Pratt:   August 1852: Brigham Young selected Pratt to introduce the doctrine of plural marriage officially to the Saints at a special conference in Salt Lake City. He was also called to begin a new magazine, The Seer, in Washington, D.C. The publication would expound “the views of the Saints in regard to the Ancient Patriarchal Order of Matrimony, or Plurality of Wives, as developed in a Revelation, given through JOESPH THE SEER.”
(1870) Dr. John P. Newman, chaplain of the U.S. Senate and President Ulysses S. Grant’s personal pastor, delivered a strong anti-polygamy sermon in his Metropolitan Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Salt Lake Daily Telegraph editor Edward Sloan proposed Newman debate polygamy in Salt Lake. Newman accepted and, when Brigham Young declined to be his opponent, settled for Orson Pratt. The extended debate was reported daily in the New York Herald. Mormon writer Edward Tullidge declared that “millions of readers followed the arguments of Dr. Newman and Orson Pratt and it is safe to estimate that quite two-thirds of them yielded the palm to the Mormon apostle.”

Richard S. Van Wagoner and Steven C. Walker, A Book of Mormons, (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1982), 214.

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