Understanding the Scriptures
Official Declaration 1
|Press dispatches(par. 1)||News reports|
|Allege(par. 1)||Say, claim|
|Territory(par. 2)||The area of Utah before it became a state|
|Endowment House(par. 3)||A building on Temple Square that was used for temple ordinances before the Salt Lake Temple was completed|
|Constitutional(par. 4)||Legal, conforming to the United States Constitution|
|Submit to(par. 4)||Obey|
|Construed to inculcate(par. 5)||Understood to teach or approve|
“President Lorenzo Snow offered the following:”
|Binding(par. 1)||A requirement|
|Foregoing motion(par. 2)||Previous proposal|
“Excerpts from Three Addresses …”
|Astray(par. 1)||In the wrong direction|
|Confiscation and loss(par. 5)||The government taking possession of|
|Contemplate(par. 8)||Think about, ponder|
|Felt disposed(par. 9)||Was willing|
|Thwart(par. 9)||Prevent, hinder|
Official Declaration 1—Were Plural Marriages Performed after the Manifesto Was Given?
Some members of the Church continued to practice plural marriage outside the borders of the United States. They thought that new plural marriages could continue to be performed if they were done outside the United States. On January 8, 1900, President Lorenzo Snow stated “that the manifesto extended to every place, and that ‘the Church has positively abandoned the practice of polygamy, or the solemnization of plural marriages in this [Utah] and every other state, and that no member or officer thereof has any authority whatever to perform a plural marriage or enter into such a relation’” (“Slanders Are Refuted by First Presidency,”Millennial Star,May 4, 1911, 275).
Some refused to follow the commandment of the Lord. In April 1904 President Joseph F. Smith made an official statement in general conference: “I hereby announce that all [plural] marriages are prohibited, and if any officer or member of the Church shall assume to solemnize or enter into any such marriage he will be deemed in transgression against the Church and will be liable to be dealt with, according to the rules and regulations thereof, and excommunicated therefrom” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1904, 75). Since then, every President of the Church has repeated this instruction against the practice of plural marriage.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you studyOfficial Declaration 1.
Teach a Lesson
Imagine you are to give a lesson aboutOfficial Declaration 1and the excerpts from addresses printed with it in the scriptures. Write what you would teach about President Wilford Woodruff’s announcement and include answers to the following questions:
What did the Lord reveal to President Woodruff about plural marriage?
How could the message of President Lorenzo Snow, then a counselor in the First Presidency, help the Saints to accept this revelation?
Why is it important that Church members follow the living prophet?
How do you feel about the promise President Woodruff gave in the first paragraph of “Excerpts from Three Addresses …”?
Give an Explanation
StudyDoctrine and Covenants 124:49–50and briefly explain how this scripture can apply to the practice of plural marriage at the time of President Wilford Woodruff.
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