Friday, January 4, 2019

“The Meanest Act in my Life”

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Hungry, this future General Authority asked a cook if he could have a baked potato cooking in an oven while on his mission. He was denied. When the cook left, he took the baked potato and replaced it with a piece of coal causing him later in life to state that this was the meanest act in his life. Who was the individual?
a.                  George Albert Smith
b.                  George A. Smith
c.                   Joseph F. Smith
d.                  Joseph Fielding Smith
Yesterday’s answer:
A   A jail sentence
From the life of B. H. Roberts:   April 1889:   Tiring of life on the underground, Roberts gave himself up. “I preferred to spare these women all the publicity, all the court inquiry that it was in my power to spare them. So I ended matters by pleading guilty.” The customary sentence for “Mormon Cohabs” was “6 by 3”—six months in jail and a fine of $300. Roberts was forced to take a “paupers oath,” becoming, in his words, “an inferior hero,” because his sentence was only “4 by 2.”
Richard S. Van Wagoner and Steven C. Walker, A Book of Mormons, (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1982), 242.

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