Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Taking Back

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What did Brigham Young tell the Saints to take from the Indians while traveling on the Mormon Trail?
a.                  Their stolen livestock
b.                  A stolen girl
c.                   A stolen rifle
d.                  Stolen food
Yesterday’s answer:
C   The Three Degrees of glory
When Church members first heard of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon’s vision of the Three degrees of glory, many of them found it difficult to accept. Some members struggled to reconcile the idea of three separate degrees of glory with their traditional Protestant notions of just a heaven and a hell. Brigham Young later remembered that when he first heard of this vision, “It was so directly contrary and opposite to my former education, I said, wait a little, I did not reject it, but I could not understand it.” Others, such as Ezra Landon, fell away from the Church because of it. However, many members saw it as containing “great and marvelous things.” As Joseph Smith’s manuscript history stated, ‘Nothing could be more pleasing to the Saint, upon the order of the kingdom of the Lord, than the light which burst upon the work, through the  . . . vision.”
From the Editors of the Joseph Smith Papers, 20 Things you Didn’t Know About Church History, LDS Living, September/October 2015, 37.

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