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In Case You Missed The Solution to the Mormon Problem

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 15, 2010

A newspaper in Glasgow, Scotland (and doubtless many other newspapers in many other places), dated April 10, 1873, reproduced the text of a telegram recently received in Great Britain. The sender is identified only as “American correspondent” –

New York, Wednesday. – Brigham Young has resigned the leadership of the Mormons, and goes to Arizona. He divides his immense property among his sixteen wives and his sixty children. Some old Mormons probably will follow him. The Mormon problem in Utah is considered to be solved.



  1. This is not quite — but almost — as wacky as it sounds. Brigham had just resigned from active involvement in running ZCMI and other Mormon businesses, but of course he wasn’t relinquishing his position in the Church. He also was planning, and soon made, a trip to northern Arizona.

    So — connect two dots that weren’t meant to be connected, throw in a little imagination and a strong dose of wishful thinking, and voila.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 15, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

  2. To steal a line from Molly Ivins (about Pat Buchanan’s speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention), this probably sounded better in the original German.

    (Sorry, I read the title and “die Endlösung der Mormonenfrage” leapt to mind.)

    Comment by Mark B. — October 15, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

  3. Awesome.

    Comment by J. Stapley — October 15, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

  4. As a resident of Glasgow, I can say with hand on heart that the standard of journalism here has improved not one iota since 1873!

    Comment by Alison — October 16, 2010 @ 6:07 am

  5. Hilarious! And only 16 wives?

    Comment by David Y, — October 16, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

  6. Five Mormons have finished a temple session at the Sacramento Temple at 11:00 AM, and are driving south in a van on highway 99 at 65 MPH.

    Four Mormons have finished a temple session in Fresno and are driving north in a Honda on highway 99 at 60 MPH.

    Where and when will they meet up?

    Now, there’s a real Mormon problem for you.

    Comment by Mark N. — October 16, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

  7. Mark N., given the perpetual construction on 99 in Stockton, I think they’d all do better to wait for a temple to be built somewhere around Modesto.

    Comment by JimD — October 16, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

  8. #6, it’s a trick question isn’t it? How often can one drive that fast on California’s highways?

    I always suspected Brother Brigham as trying to reinvent Mormonism at least one more time, but died before he could accomplish it all. I think his Arizona temple was going to have 10 spires, just to trounce upon the 6 spires of the SLC temple.

    Comment by Rameumptom — October 18, 2010 @ 10:52 am

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