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Senator Reed Smoot and conditions in Utah ...

speech of Hon. George Sutherland, of Utah, in the Senate of the United States, Tuesday, January 22, 1907

by Sutherland, George

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Published by [Govt. Print. Off.] in Washington, D.C .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • United States,
  • United States. Congress. Senate,
  • Contested elections

  • Edition Notes

    Other titlesSpeech of Hon. George Sutherland, of Utah
    The Physical Object
    Pagination69 p. ;
    Number of Pages69
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL25951032M
    OCLC/WorldCa369304448, 620609963

    We talk about Mormons coming in and dominating the economies, but we never think of the lands they possessed on the frontier when others were seeking to do other things with those lands. More directly relevant to the matter at hand was the argument that none of the practices of the Mormon church had any bearing on Smoot's constitutional qualifications to be a United States senator. Mormonism brought all its religious resources to bear on this problem of abandoning the public practice of plural marriage, and included in those resources were, of course, modern revelation. And Mormonism hasn't gone away. Simultaneous with his election, the Protestant leadership, many of the business leaders and some of the non-Mormon political leaders, have filed a petition with Congress saying he is not fit to hold a seat in the national legislature because he represents a lawless organization. The story has to be one of internationalization and how [Mormons] managed to take what had been considered a very American church abroad to places that had nothing in common with America besides a basic humanity, and to not only to find a foothold there, but to aggregate large numbers of believers.

    They would start doing it in swimming pools; they would dig a hole in their basements. His political future hung in the balance for nearly four years in the wake of petitions, signed by millions of Americans, challenging his legitimacy. Those who did not were those who led to the creation today of what we call the Fundamentalist Mormon Church FLDSthose who continue to practice polygamy. A third call, this time to the European Mission, came to him in Octoberand in November of that year he left home en route for Liverpool, the headquarters of the European Mission. So they began to legislate against Mormon practices, and this legislation had criminal penalties attached to it.

    He was not as visible ecclesiastically as his stake president father and testified at the Senate hearings he had only attended the temple once at the age of eighteen and decided it was not for him. You expect religious people to act differently than you do soldiers. Mormonism's history of persecution is part of understanding who they are and who they were and how they understood themselves to be and how they present themselves in the world. They have too many fires burning everywhere else, to mix my metaphors.


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Senator Reed Smoot and conditions in Utah ... book

In the same way that you talk about the Holy of Holies in the biblical sense, the temple has that power. The following year the boy attended the Ward school, taught by William Willes, and kept up his attendance until after the school was taken in charge by Karl G.

The Smoot Hearings

Facing many challenges of their own, these crews had to continually blast their way through the sea of sandstone slickrock that covers six miles of the park's east side.

The deluge of petitions and resolutions moved the Senate on January 27,to order an investigation into the hierarchy of the Mormon church. They also complained that the leaders continued to believe in, encourage, and practice polygamy, even though it was illegal. They are being ghettoized; they are not able to get their message outside of the Rocky Mountain West.

Petitions with thousands of signatures flooded the Senate from Protestant churches, women's organizations outraged by polygamy, and others influenced by newpaper attacks on Smoot. It worked in some respects.

You can't charge 5 percent; you can't charge 20 percent. I do not think Congress has anything to do with that unless their religion connects itself in some way with their civil or political affairs. Polygamy is still abhorrent to them, not only a danger to home and hearth, but that danger itself undermines democracy.

So it really does come down to that old-fashioned notion of testimony, and either you are able to testify in the name of the Spirit such that it can be understood by someone else, or you can't. The record seems, if you look at the dates and the marriages, if he didn't lie he certainly withheld; he certainly obscured; he certainly answered plain questions with misdirection.

Senator Bailey D-Tx "objected to going into the religious opinions of these people. It's the sense that God will speak to you. A bright moment in this otherwise ugly episode came in a floor speech by the committee's ranking majority member, who testified that Smoot stood out among his colleagues for having no vices.

And I saw this happen over and over again, and it required me to change a lot. But it remains the fact that doctrinally Mormons still keep this kinship model in their books. I think it's a question of internationalism. Four years later he was ordained a Seventy by Elder Abraham H.

Edward Partridge, who had succeeded Pres. In permitting Smoot to retain his seat, the U.Utah was admitted as the 45th state to the United States of America on January 4, As of Februarya total of 17 individuals have represented Utah in the U.S.

Senate. The current members of the U.S. Senate from Utah are: The following individuals were elected to the U.S. Senate from Utah.

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