Monday, October 22, 2018

The Years Busiest Season

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1852 was the busiest season for people on their way to Utah, Oregon and California. Of the 70,000 travelers that year, how many came to Utah?
a.                  10,000
b.                  20,000
c.                   30,000
d.                  40,000
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Religion class
As a counselor to President Woodruff and his successor, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith witnessed the Church’s enthusiastic response to the call for separate education. From 1888 through President Smith’s presidency, the Church operated as many as fifty-six schools. For those too young to attend one of the Church academies, leaders championed the formation of the Religion Class program, an after-school supplement to secular education prevalent in public schools. In 1890, Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, and Joseph F. Smith wrote to local leaders lamenting training which our youth receive in the district school’s noting that it did not “increase their feelings of devotion to God and love for His cause, for, as is well-known, all teachings of a religious character are rigorously excluded from the studies permitted in these institutions.” Their remedy was “that in every ward where a Church school is not established, that some brother or sister or brethren and sisters well adapted for such a responsible position by their intelligence and devotion, as well as their love for the young, be called, as on the Gospel Church history and kindred subjects shall be taught. This school to meet for a short time each afternoon after the close of the district school.” As Church President, Smith oversaw an increase in Religion Class enrollment as well as further expansion to the educational system, including the creation of the Big Horn, Dixie, Knight, Millard, San Luis, and Summit Academies, all under his watch.

The Symbolism of the Beehive in Latter-day Saint Tradition, Val Brinkerhoff, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 2, 2013, 49-50.

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