Thursday, February 7, 2019

John Nebeker’s Dilemma

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Acting as Deputy Marshall shortly after the Saints arrived in the Valley, what issue was John Nebeker faced with?
a.                   The number of crimes committed among the Saints
b.                  How to house prisoners since there was no jail
c.                   How to spend his days since there was no crime
d.                  The lack of ammunition in the Valley
Yesterday’s answer:
D   He scheduled a second Sunday meeting without consulting the others
 In reference to the 1835 mission of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: This is in reference to the 1835 meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve first mission in Upper Canada: Soon after the conference adjourned, the public meeting began. Lyman Johnson spoke on the February 16, 1832, vision of the afterlife later published as “The Vision” [D&C 76], David Patten spoke briefly, and the meeting closed at 1:30. McLellin then exercised his presiding prerogative and appointed another session at 5:00, “supposing that the brethren would go home and take dinner and return, but the most of them tarried and stood round talking, awaiting with anxiety for 5 to come.” Parley P. Pratt complained to McLellin “that his feelings had not been so tried with any president since he had stared on his mission,” because he had appointed another meeting when Pratt and others thought there was no need for one. Thomas B. Marsh, apparently also upset with McLellin, then declined taking his turn to preach. Feeling forsaken by his brethren but determined to finish what he had begun, Elder McLellin both conducted the meeting “and spoke about two hours on the Priest Hoods to the general satisfaction and edification of all present even to the brethren who had opposed me.” After counseling together, Sunday saw better harmony, with agreement that Elders Marsh and Patten, next in the rotation, “should conduct the meetings as it might seem them good.” They did so, reported McLellin, and “we had a good meeting.”
Ronald K. Esplin and Sharon E. Nielsen, The Record of the Twelve, 1835, BYU Studies, Vol. 51, Number 1, 2012, 39.

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