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THIS WEEK IN CHURCH HISTORY

150 years ago

On Jan. 12, 1838, the weather in Kirtland, Ohio, was cold, but the bitterness and spirit of apostate mobocracy had heated to the boiling point, according to the History of the Church, Vol. III, pages 1-3. That night the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon fled on horses to Far West, Mo.

Four days later in Dublin, Ind., the Prophet, out of money, delayed his journey. He counseled with Brigham Young, who advised Joseph to rest, assuring him that he would soon have money for the journey.

A local convert, who had been trying for some time to sell his farm, found a buyer. He sold out and gave $300 to the Prophet.

During the journey West, the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon crossed the trail of a mob following them from Kirtland. Twice the mob went into houses where the Prophet had stopped and once stayed overnight in the same house as the Prophet - separated only by a partition. On two occasions, the mobbers saw the Church leaders, "but they knew us not."

Quotes from the past

"I look upon this law of tithing as an equitable law; it comes alike upon the rich and the poor. The poor person who pays his ten dollars tithing gives as much in proportion as the richest man in the community. The rich man gives no more than a tenth, and the poorest gives no less. We are all alike, then, in this respect when we observe the law of tithing; and it should be strictly observed by us, if we want the blessings of God to rest upon us." - Elder George Q. Cannon, delivered in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 8, 1872.