6--History--Faith in Every Footstep

6--History--Faith in Every Footstep - Faith in Every...

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Unformatted text preview: Faith in Every Footstep Prophecies of Church Expansion to the Rocky Mountains It is only a little handful of Priesthood you see tonight, but this Church will fill North and South America - it will fill the world. . .It will fill the Rocky Mountains. There will be tens of thousands of Latter-day Saints who will be gathered in the Rocky Mountains, and there they will open the door for the establishing of the Gospel among the Lamanites . . . Prophet Joseph Smith Nauvoo Exodus Why was it inevitable that the Saints would leave Nauvoo? Joseph had prophesied of this exodus Anti-Mormon Convention in Carthage We came here because we had to. General Conference (Oct. 6, 1845) held in Temple. Leaders said we must go next spring Hasty Exit was not part of the original plan The persecution of the Saints in Nauvoo intensified and it became apparent that they would have to leave. November 1845 Preparation:-Wheelwrights, carpenters, and cabinetmakers worked to prepare timber for wagons- Members were sent east to purchase iron used by blacksmiths to construct tools and materials needed for the journey and building of Zion-Families collected dried fruits, flour, rice, medicines, and housekeeping items Assimilation and Unity through Temple Construction The Power of Covenants The many and diverse converts to Mormonism were like individual strands of rope, weak and vulnerable by themselves; in need of the right amount of twist (adversity) and intertwining with other strands through covenants to make a strong and durable rope. A rope strong enough to pull them to the Rocky Mts. where they could again establish Zion! Nauvoo Covenant A covenant not to cease their exertions until every saint who wished to go was removed, which was done. Americas Political Climate (1846) Manifest Destiny President Polk helped push the idea that US settlement as far as the Pacific Ocean was inevitable Political Tension Britain and America shared the rights to the Oregon Territory Mexico was barely hanging on to what would soon be part of the United States Forced Exodus of Indians Summarizing the feelings of most Native Americans towards the white man, one Indian stated, They made us promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land; and they took it. The Mormon Trail Where does the Mormon Trail begin? Scattered Condition of the Saints Some Saints went south to St. Louis Some Saints fell into apostasy (Strangites) Some returned East to their former homes Some labored in the region to raise money to continue their journey West Wm. Adams spent three years in the Illinois region before he could go West It took the Saints 131 days to travel the 310 miles from...
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