Church history and miscellaneous quiz questions
QUESTION: Who baptized Emma Smith, the Prophet Joseph Smith’s wife?
ANSWER: Oliver Cowdery baptized Emma Smith. In June of 1830, a dam was made across a stream near the farm of Joseph Knight. Oliver baptized thirteen people in this make-shift font, including Emma Smith, Joseph Knight, and Polly Knight (Joseph’s wife)
QUESTION: Which brother in early church history is described by the following facts: 1) he was the great-grandfather of Franklin Harris, the president of BYU from 1921 to 1945 2) he was the great-great-grandfather of Dallin H. Oaks, president of BYU from 1971 to 1980 and current apostle 3) he was the brother of Martin Harris.
ANSWER: The above facts are describing Emer Harris, Martin Harris’ brother.
QUESTION: Who was the first Latter-day Saint to die in Missouri? *
ANSWER: The first Latter-day Saint to die in Missouri was Polly Knight, wife of Joseph Knight. She passed away just a few days after the Colesville saints arrived in Jackson County, Missouri. The Prophet Joseph Smith preached at her funeral service.
QUESTION: In 1831, the Prophet Joseph was so impressed by the unity and dedication of a certain group of people that he called them together and “sealed them up to eternal life”. Who were these people? *
ANSWER: The people sealed up to eternal life by the Prophet Joseph were the Colesville Branch saints.
QUESTION: In October of 1838 Governor Boggs of Missouri issued an extermination order, demanding that Latter-day Saints be exterminated or driven from the state. Missouri officials attempted to force a prominent member of church leadership to testify against the Prophet Joseph Smith. This leader said the following to the Missouri officials: “You are entirely mistaken — Joseph Smith is as good a friend as you have. Had it not been for him, you would have been in hell long ago, for I would have sent you there by cutting your throats, and no other man but Joseph Smith could have prevented me, and you may thank him for your life. And now, if you will give me the boys I brought from Adam-ondi-ahman yesterday, I will whip your whole army.” Informed that he would be shot at 8 am, he declared, “Shoot and be damned.” Who was the leader that made these statements?
ANSWER: The apostle who made the above statements was Lyman Wight, affectionately known as the “Wild Ram of the mountains”.
QUESTION: Which LDS apostle does the following information describe: He was active in farming and business activities, and also had many civic and church responsibilities. He represented Tooele for one term in the Utah Legislature and also served as chairman of the board for the local school district and irrigation company. In 1890, he was set apart as a counselor in the Tooele Stake presidency, and three years later, at the age of 39, was ordained a stake patriarch. *
ANSWER: The above information describes Elder George F. Richards. Elder Richards was ordained an apostle in 1906.
QUESTION: One of the sections of the Doctrine and Covenants used to contain the substitute names Baurak Ale, Gazelam, and Baneemy. What section was it and what was the purpose of the substitute names? *
ANSWER: The section was D&C 78 and Orson Pratt gives this explanation for the substitute names: “When the Lord was about to have the Book of Covenants given to the world it was thought wisdom, in consequence of the persecutions of our enemies in Kirtland and some of the regions around, that some of the names should be changed, and Joseph was called Baurak Ale, which was a Hebrew word; meaning God bless you. He was also called Gazelam, being a person to whom the Lord had given the Urim and Thummim. He was also called Enoch. Sidney Rigdon was called Baneemy.”
QUESTION: What legendary bishop of the early Church had the following heated encounter with Brigham Young: On one occasion, the bishop and Brigham had a vigorous discussion about a business deal. President Brigham Young, who could be very sarcastic, said to the bishop, “Now, Bishop, I guess you will go off and apostatize.” The Bishop countered, “If this were your church, President Young, I would be very tempted to do so. But this is just as much my church as it is yours, and why should I apostatize from my own Church?”
ANSWER: The legendary bishop who had this encounter with Brigham Young was Bishop Edwin Woolley, famous bishop of the Thirteenth Ward in Salt Lake City.
QUESTION: Wilford Woodruff was baptized into the church on December 31, 1833, at age 26. He was baptized in an icy river in upstate New York. The river was a mixture of snow, water, and ice. The snow was three feet deep at the water’s edge. Wilford didn’t mind the cold water, for he had found the true gospel of Jesus Christ. He later had another experience with baptism in an icy river. Can you name the circumstances of the second icy experience? *
ANSWER: Jonathan and Olive Hale, friends of Wilford Woodruff, asked him to baptize their oldest child, Aroet. Many years later, Aroet wrote the following in a journal: “My father [Jonathan Hale] took the axe along and cut a large hole in the ice. Elder Woodruff got down into the water and baptized me and several other children. My name being Hale, and being baptized in ice water, froze me into the Church and I am still with it, thank God!”
QUESTION: U.S. President James K. Polk was the president that made the decision to enlist a battalion of 500 Mormon men for the campaign to take the western U.S. back from Mexico. The Mormon Battalion would be part of the “Army of the West” and would march from Kansas to California. Who were the two men that urged President Polk to form this battalion? *
ANSWER: The two men who persuaded President Polk to form the Mormon Battalion were Elder Jesse C. Little and non-member Thomas L. Kane, a wonderful friend and ally of the Church. The formation of the Battalion was a financial and emotional boon to the Church at a challenging time in Church history.
QUESTION: What faithful LDS apostle does the following information describe: He served as President of the Salt Lake Temple while serving as an apostle. He was released as president of the Salt Lake Temple in 1937 and promptly sustained as acting Patriarch for the Church, still serving as an apostle. He served in that calling for 5 years. Two of his sons served as stake patriarchs. Another son, LeGrand, served 4 missions, was bishop of three different wards, served as a stake president, served as the Presiding Bishop of the Church, and was called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1952. *
ANSWER: The above information describes Elder George F. Richards, one of the most devoted servants of the Lord in this dispensation.
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