Friday, May 3, 2019

Endowments for the Dead

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What was the first temple in this dispensation where endowments for the dead was practiced?
a.                  The Kirtland Temple
b.                  The Nauvoo Temple
c.                   The Manti Temple
d.                  The St. George Temple
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Romance
Like much popular magazine fiction of the day, Home Literature featured plot-driven stories centered on intense emotional choices or situations, with dense adjectival description of landscape or character providing the “artistic” element. Most writers attempted to draw on Mormon cultural resources in their fiction, particularly the pioneer past, the convert-immigrant experience, the social setting of the Mormon village, and, in a few cases, stories and characters from the Book of Mormon. Regardless of setting, the majority of Home Literature stories were structured around a marriage plot in which a young Saint (usually a young woman) had to make the right decision—that is, had to choose a mate who would represent a choice to remain loyal to the community and its ideals. Obstacles to this resolution included alluring non-Mormon suitors, the immaturity or worldliness of the protagonist, or the opposition of antagonistic family members. A strong variation on this pattern was the Mormon seduction tale, in which the disastrous consequences of an unsuitable marriage were unsparingly portrayed.
The 1890s Mormon Culture of Letters and the Post-Manifesto Marriage Crisis, Lisa Olsen Tait, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 1, 2013, 109-110.

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