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Mormon Panorama

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6wh2n45
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45

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Title Mormon Panorama
Description Brigham Young, early President of the Church, when visit-ing in Mount Pleasant, noted the limited accommodations of the Social Hall. Recognizing the pressing need for a new, larger meeting house, he admonished Church members to do something about it. So, in January of 1865, a meeting was called for the purpose of discussing ways and means of erecting a new building. To finance the project, a resolution was adopted assessing each person over 18 years of age $10. In addition, a tax of three percent was levied on property to help out. And so the meeting house, which eventually was to become the North Ward Meeting House, was born. The building, which originally had a balcony, was remodeled In 1914. Even so, it had only three rooms, in addition to the chapel proper-the Relief Society Hall and two rooms up the stairs and above that hall, one fairly large and one rather small. Church-goers occupied long, mahogany benches inside the chapel, facing the pulpit and elevated stand for authori-ties and choir members. Because of the lack of individual room space, my Sunday School class sometimes convened in make-shift areas of the chapel, with long, heavy curtains being drawn to make for par-tial privacy. I found it hard to be attentive to my teacher, however, when I could hear voices coming from other classes. And there were times when my Sunday School class was set up in the chapel's vestibule, where I could see the rope which had been pulled to sound the bell in the belfry, a bell alert-ing everybody that Sunday School would start in exactly half an hour. The bell was rung again promptly at ten o'clock as the doors were closed for the opening exercises. When I was eleven years old, the Sunday School Superin-tendency presented me with a book entitled "The First Christ-mas," by Lew Wallace. Inscribed on the flyleaf is the follow-ing: "A Christmas gift from the North Ward Sunday School for attending every Sunday School session and not being tardy during the year. " I was very proud of the award. My parents had been taking me with them to Sacrament Meeting in the old meeting house at two o'clock on Sundays long before I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Baptismal building, behind the Tithing Office and near Pleasant Creek, has long since gone, but I can still remember the small, un-painted, frame structure. The font in the center, with wooden steps going down, was filled with water from the creek prepara-tory to the baptismal ordinance. I was frightened when it -135-
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Identifier 149_Mormon Panorama.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325419
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45/325419