Great Basin Kingdom - Economic History Of The Latter-day by Leonard J. Arrington

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In “ working out the temporal salvation of Zion,” to use a contemporary expression, the formulators of church pol­ icy centered primary attention on production and the better management of the human and natural resources under their jurisdiction. Nevertheless, early Mormonism, influenced by its own necessities and the democratic concepts of the Age of Jackson, was distinctly equalitarian in theology and economics, and this had significant influences on church policies and prac­ tices in the Great Basin.

And each fifty was subdivided into groups of ten each. Over each of these groups was a captain, appointed by church officials subject to the approval of the group concerned. In this way, responsibility for each family and each wagon was definitely assigned. Brigham Young was com- 20 DESIGN OF THE KINGDOM mander in chief or president of the entire camp. Others served as black­ smiths, wagonmakers, clerks, commissary agents, historians, and guards of the camp as a whole and of the smaller units as needed.

This $40,000 structure served as meetinghouse and schoolhouse, and required three years (1833-1836) to complete. It represented a kind of public works enterprise which encouraged consecra­ tions from the wealthy and at the same time provided employment for the needy. Men quarried stone, hauled it to the building site, cut and dressed it, and laid the walls, while women fed the workers and made clothing. Workers drew necessities from Mormon stores, while the merchants used consecrations and credit in purchasing supplies.

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