Friday, November 15, 2019

The First 1839 Mission to England Miracle


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What was the first miracle that the apostles noted during the 1839 mission?
a.                  Their passaged paid to England
b.                  No one hurt in their overturned stagecoach just west of New York City
c.                   Spending $87 out of the $13 that they started with
d.                  The forming of 7 new branches between Nauvoo and New York City
Yesterday’s answer:
D   The Manti Temple
Although the Hawaii Temple had its beginnings in 1915, many of the basic concepts that would shape its form antedate it by several decades. When the temple was proposed to the membership of the Church in the 1915 October general conference, there were only four functioning temples in the Church. All were in Utah, and all had been initiated by Brigham Young. These structures were arguably the finest artistic achievements of Mormon pioneer times. Despite poverty, isolation, and persecution, the Latter-day Saints had built magnificent monuments of their faith and perseverance. The massive stone walls and graceful towers evoked both the strength of castles and the aspiration of cathedrals, two popular images in nineteenth-century European and American architecture. Their interiors gave literal form to the phrase. “House of the Lord,” with rooms decorated like the great halls of a royal palace.
All of these buildings had been originally planned as “meetinghouse temples,” composed principally of large meeting rooms, one above the other. In the late 1870s, however, shortly after Brigham Young’s death, there was a major change in temple planning. Church leaders accepted the idea of replacing the lower of the two assembly rooms with a series of impressive ordinance rooms for the presentation of the endowment. Worshipers would move through five rooms during the ceremony, some of which were ornamented with murals that provided appropriate settings for various parts of the sacred rituals. The exteriors of the buildings, which had already been designed with the new interior plan was adopted, did not reveal this more complicated arrangement. The rows of windows and moldings continued to imply that the temples were composed of two large rooms, much like the earliest temples at Kirtland and Nauvoo.
Voyages of Faith-Explorations in Mormon Pacific History, Grant Underwood, (Brigham Young University Press, Provo, Utah: 2000), 149.

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