Saturday, August 10, 2019

“When did Kay’s Ward get its freedom?”

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In 1856 Bishop Kay was called on a settlement mission. He was the Bishop over the community named for him. After he left, the residents proposed to change the name of the community to Freedom, which prompted which general authority to state, “when did Kay’s Ward get its freedom?
a.                  Brigham Young
b.                  Heber C. Kimball
c.                   George A. Smith
d.                  Joseph F. Smith
Yesterday’s answer:
A   Independence, Missouri
Missourians fears seemed substantiated by the contents of the Mormon newspaper printed in Independence—the Evening and the Morning Star. To what extent non-Mormon residents read the newspaper is unknown. However, no other newspaper was being published within 120 miles, suggesting that local non-Mormons either read the Star or went without. The Star not only published revelations commanding the Saints to gather to Zion but also gave instructions on how to do so. In addition, articles informed readers about the numbers of Mormons planning to migrate to Jackson County. An article in the July 1832 issue advised readers that “churches of fifty or a hundred souls each, are coming to the land of Zion from different parts of the nation.” Another issue announced that “many branches of this church. . . in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Canada . . . will come up this season” to Zion. Mormons not only anticipated that converts from the state would gather to Jackson County but also, according to one article, the gospel “is to be preached to every nation on the globe so that some may be gathered out of every kindred, tongue and people, and be brought to Zion. “Thus the gathering entailed not only those in the states but foreigners out of every country. It must have been especially disconcerting for non-Mormons to read in July 1833 that, despite the twelve hundred Mormons then living in Jackson County, the gathering has continued slowly.”
Matthew B. Lund, A Society of Like-Minded Men: American Localism and The Mormon Expulsion From Jackson County, Journal of Mormon History, Summer 2014, 180.

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