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Church history and miscellaneous quiz questions


  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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”.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.”
  8. 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.
  9. 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!”
  10. United States 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Harold B. Lee and Marion G. Romney each served 20 years as priesthood advisors to what auxiliary?  Answer: The Primary organization.
  13. Joseph Smith’s son, Alexander Hale Smith, was named for what friend of the Prophet?  Answer: He was named from Alexander W. Doniphan.
  14. What program replaced the Home Builders?  Answer:  The Lihomas.
  15. For 10 cents what could a Primary child buy to raise money for the Primary Children’s Hospital?  Answer:  A brick for the hospital.
  16. What was the emblem or symbol of the Trekkers?  Answer:   A wheel.
  17. What was the motto of the Larks in Primary?  Answer: “Greet the day with a song”.
  18. What age was the Rainbow class in Primary?  Answer: Six years old.
  19. What did you have to be before you could become a “Top Pilot”?  Answer A “Co-pilot”.
  20. In 1930, what stake board would include a librarian, a play leader, and a handwork leader?  Answer:  The Primary Board.
  21. The first broadcast of what radio show for children occurred on June 15, 1946?  Answer:  “Children’s’ Friend of the Air”.
  22. A “Book of Mormon Catechism” was published in the Juvenile Instructor in 1886 for use in what organization?  Answer:  The Sunday School.
  23. What three groups comprised the Lihomas?  Answer: The Gaynotes, the Firelights, and the Merrihands.
  24. What does the acronym ‘Lihomas’ stand for?  Answer: Little Home Makers.
  25. What did the song “In Our Lovely Deseret” tell children to despise?  Answer: Tea, coffee, and tobacco.
  26. What is the name of the collection of songs for Primary (and Junior Sunday School) published in 1970?  Answer: Sing With Me.
  27. What song, written by Naomi W. Randall, is known by Primary children all over the world?  Answer: ‘I Am a Child of God”.
  28. Where would you find Barnabee Bumbleberry?  Answer: In the Children’s Friend (a cartoon series).
  29. What hospital did the Primary sponsor for 61 years?  ANSWER: The Primary Children’s’ Hospital, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  30. What are the colors of the CTR (‘Choose The Right’) class in Primary?  Answer: Green and white.
  31. Records say that the children took delight in the first Sunday School and had no trouble getting there by what time?  Answer: 8:00 am.
  32. It was 28 years before what was introduced into the services of the Sunday School?  Answer: The sacrament.
  33. What group made the longest infantry march in history? Answer: The Mormon Battalion.
  34. In 1881, what kind of musical groups were organized in connection with the Sunday Schools of various wards and settlements?  Answer: Fife and drum bands.
  35. What was the name of the band organized under the Sunday School Union?  Answer: The Deseret Sunday School Union Brass Band.
  36. In 1891, the first Sunday in September was inaugurated as “Nickel Day”.  For what purpose?  Answer: To invite members to contribute 5 cents to the general and stake Sunday School.
  37.  In 1897 the Deseret Sunday School Union instituted “Humane Day” on which children were taught what?  Answer: The proper treatment of animals.
  38. At least until 1900, what happened after the prayer and opening song in the Sunday School?  Answer: The reading of the minutes of the previous session.
  39. Joseph Smith and John Taylor favored calling the Relief Society by what name?  Answer: The Benevolent Society.
  40. What single book was studied by the Relief Society in its literature lessons in the first Relief Society Magazine?  Answer: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
  41. Under the direction of President Emmeline B. Wells, the Relief Society made available what two forms of insurance?  Answer: Burial and endowment (for saving purposes).
  42. To whom did the Relief Society make its insurance available?  Answer: Registered members under 70 years of age.
  43. At the turn of the century the Relief Society participated in a campaign to destroy what?  Answer: Flies.
  44. “Preparatory theological” and “higher theological” were the two highest grades in what early organization?  Answer: Sunday School.
  45. What was the name of the weekly, half-hour television show that featured a panel of Primary children answering questions?  Answer: Junior Council.
  46. Most members of the Church are of what tribe?  Answer: Ephraim.
  47. In what temple were endowments for the dead first performed?  Answer: The St. George Temple.
  48. What was the building that was built in 1854 for performing higher ordinances until the temple was completed?  Answer: The Endowment House.
  49. What were the Cattaraugus and the Wyandots?  Answer: Native American Indian tribes that were taught the Gospel in 1830.
  50. How many letters or symbols were found in the Deseret Alphabet?  Answer: Thirty-eight (38).
  51. In 1868 and 1869 what two books appeared in the Deseret Alphabet?  Answer: A school primer and the Book of Mormon.
  52. Though part of the crops were saved, what destroyed most of the crops and left the Saints in dire circumstances in 1848 and 1849?  Answer: Crickets, or locust.
  53. Children under what age do not need to be baptized?  Answer: Eight years of age.
  54. What law has been referred to as the “Law of Stewardships” or “Order of Enoch”?  Answer: The Law of Consecration.
  55. What program was instituted in 1874 and was a modification of the Law of Consecration?  Answer: The United Order.
  56. Under the Law of Consecration, the portion that was deeded back to the individual was known as his what?  Answer: Stewardship.
  57. Who was older, Oliver Cowdery or Joseph Smith?  Answer: Joseph Smith, by nine months.
  58. Who said, ” ‘Tis enough, ’tis enough, mine eyes have beheld, mine eyes have beheld” ?  Answer: Martin Harris.
  59. When George Albert Smith became president of the Church, who were the men chosen as his counselors?  Answer: J. Reuben Clark, Jr. and David O. McKay.
  60. When David O. McKay became president of the Church, who were the men chosen to be his counselors?  Answer: Stephen L. Richards and J. Reuben Clark.
  61. John Taylor prophesied of whom that “the flesh would wither away from his bones and a pauper’s death would be his”?  Answer: Governor Thomas Ford.
  62. Who was the first prophet in the “dispensation of the fulness of times”?  Answer: Joseph Smith.
  63. What is another name for the seventh dispensation?  Answer: The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times.
  64. What is the first office that an individual may receive when given the Melchizedek Priesthood?  Answer: Elder.
  65. What keys did the prophet Elijah restore to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1836?  Answer: The keys of the sealing power.
  66. What type of revelations were sections 13, 76, and 110 in the Doctrine and Covenants?  Answer: Angelic visitations.
  67. An article entitled “Of Governments and Laws in General” was included in the 1835 edition of what work?  Answer:  The Doctrine and Covenants.
  68. Who may act in the office of bishop independently or without counselors?  Answer: A direct lineal descendant of Aaron.
  69. What book was 2.5 by 4 inches and had 65 chapters and 160 pages?  Answer: The Book of Commandments.
  70. What book contains no proper personal names with the letters Q, X, or W in them?  Answer: The Book of Mormon.
  71. What is the name of the book that is a collection of 15 books covering from approximately 2200 B.C. to 421 A.D.?  Answer:  The Book of Mormon.
  72. When the Angel Moroni came to Joseph Smith on September 21st and 22nd in the year 1823, what New Testament book did he quote from?  Answer: Acts.
  73. What are the offices of the Melchizedek Priesthood?  Answer:  Elder, Seventy, High Priest, Patriarch, Apostle, President.
  74. What was the Brigham Young Academy Expedition in 1900 seeking?  Answer: Evidences to be found in South and Central America pertaining to the Book of Mormon.
  75. The Bible Dictionary in the LDS edition of the Bible was based on what other Bible dictionary?  Answer: Cambridge University Press Bible Dictionary.
  76. What was the object of the Elders’ School?  Answer: To “improve our time and reigning up our minds”.  (History of the Church 2:301)
  77. In what school, established in December 1834, were penmanship, arithmetic, grammar, and geography taught?  Answer: Kirtland High School.
  78. In November 1834, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery covenanted that if they obtained means to pay their debts, they would do what?  Answer: Give a tenth to the Church.
  79. In July 1835, Joseph Smith worked on an alphabet and arrangement of a grammar for what purpose?  Answer: Translation of the Egyptian papyri.
  80. The high council in Kirtland decided to pay what two people $10 for expenses incurred in their Church callings?  Answer:  Joseph Smith, Sr., patriarch, and Frederick G. Williams, scribe.
  81. What is the name of the manual printed by the Church that is recommended for studying the gospel in the home?  Answer: Family Home Evening manual.
  82. The all-Church women’s poetry contest is for women over what age?  Answer: Eighteen.
  83. What is the “Mormon Meteor”?  Answer: A race car.
  84. What book is used to organize pedigree charts and family group records?  Answer: Book of Remembrance.
  85. On which numbered line on a pedigree chart should the researcher place his own name?  Answer: Line number one.
  86. On the family group sheet, what temple is abbreviated NV?  Answer: The Nauvoo Temple.
  87. On the family group sheet, what temple is abbreviated OK?  Answer: The Oakland Temple.
  88. On the family group sheet, what temple is abbreviated LD?  Answer: The London Temple.
  89. In genealogical research, a surname acquired due to a trade such as carpenter or cook is called what?  Answer: An occupational surname.
  90. In 1969, what technology brought more efficiency to processing in the Church genealogical department?  Answer: The computer.
  91. Baptisms and endowments for the dead are not performed for those who die below what age?  Answer: Eight years old.
  92. In the late 1800’s, Latter-day Saint artists in Utah became associated with what school of artist attracted by Utah’s scenery?  Answer: Rocky Mountain School.
  93. After the Nauvoo period, what type of sealings were not performed until the dedication of the St. George Temple?  Answer: Sealings of children to parents, rather living or dead.
  94. Joseph Smith organized a school for the teaching of what language in Kirtland?  Answer: Hebrew.
  95. What does the B. stand for in Hugh B. Brown?  Answer: The B. stands for Brown.  His mother’s maiden name was Brown, and the parents decided to give him the same middle and last name to honor both Brown families.
  96. The School of the Prophets in Kirtland studied what book in Hebrew? Answer: The Bible.
  97. In what place was Joseph Smith when he received the vision of the celestial kingdom now included in Doctrine and Covenants 137?  Answer: The President’s room in the Kirtland Temple.
  98. The Late Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ versus United States was the name given to what court case?  Answer: The case the Church appealed to the United States Supreme Court after the Edmunds-Tucker Act.
  99. What was the 1879 case the Church appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court challenging federal laws against polygamy? Answer: Reynolds versus United States.
  100. In what book by Charles Dickens does the author record an account of his visit to a group of Latter-day Saints?  Answer: The Uncommercial Traveler.
  101. By looking at the cover, how can a person tell he has the LDS Edition of the Bible?  Answer: The official name of the Church is on the spine.
  102. On October 4, 1891, what group was seated on the stand together at general conference for the first time in over 7 years?  Answer: The First Presidency.
  103. The calling of whom as president of the Twelve established seniority by the date of setting apart as a member of the Twelve?  Answer: Joseph F. Smith.
  104. The policy of paying the homeward expenses of missionaries began under what president?  Answer: President Joseph F. Smith.
  105. The giving of what order resulted in the Haun’s Mill massacre?  Answer: The ‘Extermination Order’ given by Lilburn W. Boggs.
  106. In 1976, what order was rescinded?  Answer: The ‘Extermination Order’, originally issued by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs.
  107. October Conference in 1868 was the first time in 32 years that what group had been all together?  Answer: The Quorum of Twelve Apostles.
  108. When drought and grasshoppers caused a poor harvest in 1855, what was started on a regular basis?  Answer: Fast Day.
  109. What 1874 law took criminal, civil, and chancery jurisdiction away from the probate courts of Utah?  Answer: The Poland Law.
  110. What sentence was passed on George Reynolds when he was found guilty of violating the anti-bigamy law of 1862?  Answer: A fine of $500 and 2 years at hard labor.
  111. In the 1880’s, what state legislature took away the right of citizenship from Church members?  Answer: The Idaho state legislature.
  112. On October 6, 1890, the Church members at general conference voted to accept what declaration?  Answer: The Manifesto.
  113. On January 4, 1896, Grover Cleveland signed a proclamation stating what?  Answer: Utah was now a state.
  114. In October 1847, to what group of men did the people in Salt Lake Valley vote to give jurisdiction over municipal affairs?  Answer: The stake presidency and high council.
  115. To what form of punishment, once instituted in the Salt Lake Valley, was Brigham Young opposed?  Answer: The whipping post.
  116. In 1849, who served as magistrates over areas of Salt Lake City?  Answer: Bishops.
  117. In 1850, Brigham Young reported what to the legislature in regards to expenses incurred by departments of government?  Answer: There were no expenses.  No one was paid for governmental service.
  118. A delegate from a territory in the United States House of Representatives was not permitted to exercise what right?  Answer: The right to vote in Congress.
  119. On July 24, 1857, what information did Porter Rockwell convey to Brigham Yong at the pioneer anniversary celebration?  Answer: An army was approaching Utah with no advance government notice.
  120. What was the Utah War?  Answer: The coming of Johnson’s army troops to Utah.
  121. What ultimately brought about removal of army troops from Utah in 1861?  Answer: The Civil War.
  122. What day of the week did Brigham Young arrive in the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847?  Answer: Saturday.
  123. How many apostles were with the first group of pioneers that arrived in the Salt Lake Valley?  Answer: Seven.
  124. What was the first structure built in the Salt Lake Valley?  Answer: The bowery.
  125. What two Indian tribes inhabited part of the Salt Lake Valley when the pioneers arrived?  Answer: The Utes and the Shoshones.
  126. The first group of men to return to Winter Quarters from the Salt Lake Valley by wagon became know as what?  Answer: The “ox train”.
  127. Contrary to their first opinion, what animals did the pioneers find adapted most easily to travel across the plains?  Answer: Oxen.
  128. How long did Brigham Young spend in the Salt Lake Valley before he returned to Winter Quarters?  Answer: One month.
  129. What form of government existed in the Salt Lake Valley during the first years that the Saints were there?  Answer: A theocracy.
  130. What disease was known among the pioneers as ‘black leg’?  Answer: Scurvy.
  131. In 1846, Church officials received permission from what Indian tribe in Iowa to winter in their lands?  Answer: The Pottawatamie tribe.
  132. The first Saints to reach the West traveled by what means?  Answer: Ship.

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