Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Since settling in the Salt Lake area, the worldwide population of the church has reached approximately how many people as of the end of 2000?||Early LDS History
|The first Mormon missionaries sent outside the US were sent to which country?||Early LDS History
12,000. Nauvoo at its height was one of the largest cities in the West. In the early 1840's Nauvoo had a population about twice that of Chicago (about 4-5 thousand)
|Why were the Missourians so opposed to having Mormons in their territory?||Early LDS History
Mormons were hard working and industrious. In Missouri at the time, it was a gun slinging, tobacco spitting, dancing girl kind of place. All of a sudden these well educated people started moving in large numbers. Scared of losing their way of life they began to persecute them. In the space of years the Mormons had built cities in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Arizona, Alberta, Colorado and northern Mexico - laziness was not a Mormon quality.
|The Carthage grey were a militia group. They were responsible for the deaths in carthage jail. After leaving the jail they went on a rampage to find more Mormons to kill. Which Smith brother was killed in this attack?||Early LDS History
|It was thought that if Joseph Smith was killed the Mormon church would fall apart. Who took lead of the church after the death of the prophet?||Early LDS History
|When the saints arrived in Illinois, they settled in a swampy area in the west. They built a city called Nauvoo (City Beautiful). What was the site called previous to Mormon settlement?||Early LDS History
Commerce. Montrose was on the Iowa side of the Mississippi, Quilpe was to the South and later on in the history of the city it was renamed St. Joseph City.
|After the persecution in Palmyra NY, where did the LDS move its members to?||Early LDS History
|Which member mortgaged his property in order to have the Book of Mormon printed?||Early LDS History
Martin Harris. Against the wishes of his family and friends Martin mortgaged his home!
6. Six was the minimum amount that a church needed to be recognised as a religion at the time.
Newel Whitney. A Bishop is a man specifically called to preside over an area of the Church and look out for the poor and widows. He takes care of the Bishop's Storehouse, distributing goods to those in need. Newel K Whitney was the first man called as Bishop. In the LDS Church today, there are thousands of Bishops all over the world, each responsible for a ward, or group of about 100-300 people.
to reinstate the Saints in Jackson County. 100 men from Kirtland set off for Missouri in May 1833 to reinstate the Saints to their homes in Jackson County. But the men were not faithful, and they were denied the privilege of returning to Jackson County. The men never had to fight a battle. One night, when the enemy was almost upon them, there was a terrific storm that scattered the enemy. Zion's Camp was later struck with a cholera epidemic that killed several men and women because they were unfaithful.
Independence, Missouri. Independence, the heart of Jackson County, Missouri, is believed by the LDS Church to be the location of Zion, the New Jerusalem. The Saints were forcefully driven from the county in November 1833 by the other settlers.
6. Only people who had been previously baptized were official members when the church was formed. They were Joseph Smith, Jr, Hyrum Smith, Samuel Smith, Peter Whitmer, David Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery. Later that day, the Church tripled in size with baptisms.
Martin Harris . The printer, Grandin, was not sure he wanted to print the book when the rumor was no one would buy one. Martin Harris mortgaged his farm and put up the money to reassure Grandin. 3000 copies were printed and put up for sale March 26, 1830.
Mary Whitmer. Mary Whitmer (aka Mother Whitmer) was a faithful sister who, in addition to her own large family, provided a home for Joseph, Emma and Oliver as the Book of Mormon was being translated. She had a lot of additional work. One day, as she headed to the barn, a man appeared to her and showed her the gold plates, as compensation for her burden. Later, Joseph told her that the man was Moroni. Emma was disappointed when she heard this, but she was given a special revelation, which is now section 25 of the Doctrine and Covenants. She was also allowed to feel the plates beneath a cloth.
all of these (Emma Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris). Emma and Martin both helped Joseph with the translation in Palmyra, New York and Harmony, Pennsylvania. Then Oliver Cowdery heard the story of Joseph Smith's vision and traveled to Pennsylvania to meet the man. He was immediately baptized and called to serve as Joseph's scribe. He continued to help as the Smiths moved to Fayette, New York.
Hiram Page. Hiram Page was actually one of the Eight Witnesses. He did see the gold plates, but did not see Angel Moroni, as the Three Witnesses did. A testimony by the Three Witnesses, the Eight Witnesses and Joseph Smith appear at the beginning of the Book of Mormon.
Palmyra, New York. The Smith family lived on a farm near Palmyra, New York. While living there, Joseph was confused about which religion to join, so he went into the woods near his home to pray. While praying, Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared to him and told him, among other things, that he should not join any of the churches in the area. Joseph was ridiculed for his story, but he never wavered in his testimony and became the first President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Illinois. The people of Quincy, Illinois took the destitute Saints in and helped them survive the rest of the winter. After Joseph escaped and joined up with the other Saints, he found a new home further north where the Saints could settle in a place called Commerce.
Liberty. Colonel Hinckle betrayed the leaders to the Missourian mobs. They were imprisoned, despite the fact they had not been tried and convicted. The basement where they were held was accessible only by a trap door and was so low, the men could not stand upright. Several attempts to poison the prisoners were made. Finally, the prisoners were allowed to escape, after the Saints had fled Missouri, because there was no case against them.
Lillburn W Boggs . October 27, 1838, Lillburn W. Boggs, governor of the state of Missouri, penned an order, which included the words, "The Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated, or driven from the state, if necessary for the public good. Their outrages are beyond all description." Strangely, the Saints had done nothing but protect what they had. Mobs of anti-Mormons had roamed the countryside burning down homes, slaughtering cattle and, in at least one case, kidnapping members of the Church.
Haun's Mill. On October 30, 1838, approximately 250 men rode into the small settlement of Haun's Mill firing their guns at everything that moved. The men gathered inside the blacksmith shop to defend themselves, but the mob rode up, stuck their guns through the cracks in the logs and fired. 10 year-old Sardius Smith survived the initial onslaught, but was later shot in the head by a mobber who found him alive. Thomas MacBride, not a Mormon, was hacked to death. Women and children fled across the river and were fired at the whole way. 17 people died and at least 13 were seriously wounded.
Adam-ondi-Ahman. Adam-ondi-Ahman, originally called Spring Hill (see Doctrine and Covenants section 116), was revealed to Joseph Smith, Jr to be the place Adam came after leaving the Garden of Eden with Eve. The revelation also says Adam-ondi-Ahman "is the place where Adam shall come to visit his people, or the Ancient of Days shall sit, as spoken of by Daniel the prophet."
yes. Martin Harris became bitter when he lost money in the Kirtland Safety Society. David Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery went against commandments. All three claimed Joseph was a fallen prophet. Other notable apostates at this time were Apostles William E. McLellan, Luke S. Johnson, John F. Boynton and Lyman E. Johnson as well as Warren Parish, a former scribe to Joseph.
The Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Company. The Leaders of the Church encouraged the Saints to open a bank, so that money could be issued and, hopefully, the outrageous inflation could be curbed. At the time they applied for a charter, the state of Ohio was controlled by "hard money" Democrats who did not want to have more banks. So the Saints formed a private company and called it an "Anti-Banking" Company. But inflation was rampant all over the company and the newly established Kirtland Safety Society was caught in a nationwide recession and failed. This led to many of the Saints apostatizing and the faithful Saints were forced to flee Kirtland for Missouri.
England. The first foreign mission was to Toronto, Canada, but England was the first mission overseas from the U.S. Many of the Canadian converts came from England. Heber C. Kimball led a group of missionaries to England in 1837 to teach in Liverpool and Preston; this was the first overseas trip.
Moroni. Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith Jr went behind the curtains in the Kirtland Temple during Easter services. They were visited by Jesus Christ, who formally accepted His temple. They were visited by Moses, who gave them the keys to gather Israel. Elias came and "committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham." Elijah gave the sealing keys to Joseph and Oliver. This account is recorded as Section 110 of the Doctrine and Covenants.
yes. Several parts of the temple were dedicated early on - the baptistery in November 1841, the chapel and upstairs rooms in the winter of 1845 - but the whole temple was not dedicated until May 1, 1846, after most of the Saints had already left Nauvoo and were making their way across Iowa.
The temple was burned in 1848, then the remains were destroyed by tornado in 1850. But it was rebuilt in 1999, President Gordon B Hinckley announced it would be re-built. It was dedicated June 27, 2002.
|After the death of Joseph, the Nauvoo Charter was revoked by the Government of Illinois. At Brigham Young's urging, what was the city's name changed to?||LDS Church History - Nauvoo
City of Joseph. Brigham suggested the name to honor Joseph Smith and all the work he had done to build such an amazing city. In only five years the place had gone from a few houses in a small settlement to one of the largest cities in Illinois, complete with brick homes, hundreds of businesses, a temple in progress, two ferry landings, boardwalk streets and much more.
Because they had no charter, they could not have an official police force. Instead, men stood watch at night to stop criminals and mobs from ransacking houses. During the day, unsavory men were followed by the "whistling and whittling brigade", a group of boys that would follow them around, whistling, but never talking, until the man would leave town.