Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Getting Their Foot in the Door

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When the Italian mission was reopened in the 1960s, how were the missionaries able to bring positive attention to the Church?
a.                  Formed a basketball team
b.                  Formed a soccer team
c.                   Through musical presentations
d.                  Through yard work at the Vatican
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Lorenzo Young
The Twelve’s instructions set two priorities for those workmen who had arrived [in the Salt Lake Valley] in July and for everyone else who followed them west that year. A main concern was to provide housing for the immigrants. Although a four-square city plat had been surveyed in early August following Nauvoo’s plan, the plots would remain empty for a full year. Everyone was expected to live in temporary log or adobe shelters inside a protective enclosure. The construction of small, sloped-roof houses along all four sides of a ten-acre block began almost immediately. Workmen tripled the fort’s size before winter arrived with two ten-acre additions (one to the north, another to the south). A fourth extension (to the east) was nearing completion in the fall of 1848. Even then, some of the migrants spent their first winter in the valley in tents or wagons.
As with any directive, some ignored it. The only known house built on the city plat belonged to Lorenzo D. Young, Brigham’s brother, who complained to the high council that he could not put up with the close quarters in the fort. He built on one of Brigham’s lots laid out along South Temple Street. Several other families likewise did not wait. Technically, they observed the restriction on the city plat and adjacent farmland by changing jurisdictions—moving into the rural countryside to build dugouts in future Holladay and to erect a flour mill on Mill Creek.

Glen M. Leonard, Seeking An Inheritance: Mormon Mobility, Urbanity, and Community, Journal of Mormon History, Spring 2014, 33-34.

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