Questions answered in the Juvenile Instructor by, or under the direction of, George Q. Cannon —
Where feelings arise between officers or members of a Sunday School should the parties absent themselves from the school until matters are made right, no matter how long it takes?
When members of the Church have difficulties one with another the duty of each is to seek reconciliation at the earliest possible moment. This is the law of God. If the angry feelings are bitter, those harboring them should certainly not partake of the Sacrament either at Sunday School or at meeting, but it is their manifest duty to themselves, to their brethren and to the Church to seek to overcome these feelings by prayer and strong endeavor, and to adopt those means to bring about a reconciliation advised by the discipline of the Church and the revelations of God.
Did Abel the martyr hold the Priesthood?
Yes; he was ordained thereunto by his father Adam. The book of Doctrine and Covenants says, “Abel, who was slain by the conspiracy of his brother, who received the Priesthood by the commandments of God, by the hand of his father Adam, who was the first man.” (Sec. 84, verse 16.)
What is the destiny of children that are born before their parents are married?
They can obtain the great blessing in the House of the Lord of being sealed to their parents, which ordinance makes their birth legitimate in the sight of heaven, and places them in the same position as those “born in the covenant.”
It is the general idea, derived from the details given of the size of the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated, that they were quite heavy. This being so, how did the Prophet Joseph Smith manage to carry them so easily to his home in Palmyra, a distance of several miles from the Hill Cumorah, on the night he received them from the angel Moroni?
Joseph did not walk home from the Hill Cumorah to Palmyra carrying the plates in his arms. Mr. (afterwards Brother) Joseph Knight was visiting Joseph’s father at that time, and Joseph took Mr. Knight’s horse and wagon when he went to get the plates on the night of September 21st. Joseph’s wife Emma (apparently by direction of the angel) accompanied him to Cumorah. They left home shortly after midnight and returned about breakfast time (Saturday, September 22nd, 1827). Joseph borrowed the horse and wagon without asking the owner’s permission, and Mr. Knight was somewhat disturbed when he discovered in the morning that his team had disappeared; but all was made right by Joseph and Emma’s early return.
Did any of the general authorities of the Church enlist in the Mormon Battalion?
Elder Levi W. Hancock, one of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy, joined and served in the Mormon Battalion. He was the only one of the general authorities of the Church who did so.
Are we to believe that other brethren holding the Priesthood besides the leaders of the Church were foreordained before coming to this earth to occupy the positions they now fill?
Yes. The Prophet Joseph Smith says, “Every man who has a calling to administer to the inhabitants of the world was ordained to that very purpose in the grande council of heaven before the world was.”
Does not the Bible say that God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb?
No. It is a quotation from the English novelist, Laurence Sterne, in his “Sentimental Journey through France and Italy,” published in 1768.
Is drinking cocoa a violation of the Word of Wisdom?
The drinking of any very hot drink, even hot soup, is an infringement of the Word of Wisdom, without that drink, as in the case of hot water, is taken in certain diseases and bodily ailments as a medicine. The too frequent indulgence in cocoa as a beverage is regarded by many physicians as injurious from a medical standpoint, as it is said to increase nervous disorders in those inclined to those troubles. But cocoa, so far as we are aware, does not contain those injurious stimulants to be found in tea and coffee. It is well to drink cocoa, if drank at all, in great moderation and certainly not scalding hot.
Where did the Nephites, the Mulekites and the Jaredites respectively land on this continent?
The Prophet Joseph Smith informs us that Lehi and his colony landed on the west coast of South America, in the land called by us Chile, not far from where the city of Valparaiso now stands.
The Mulekites and Jaredites both landed on the southern portions of the northern continent, but we have no information as to the exact vicinity. The Book of Mormon states (Helaman 5:10), “Now the land south was called Lehi, and the land north was called Mulek, which was after the sons of Zedekiah; for the Lord did bring Mulek into the land north, and Lehi into the land south.”
Alma tells us (22:30,3 1) that the people of Zarahemla, originally the people of Mulek, first landed in America in the region known to the Nephites as the land Desolation whence they journeyed into the south wilderness. Desolation had its southern boundary at the Isthmus of Panama and extended northward for a considerable distance; exactly how far, the Book of Mormon does not inform us.
Elder Orson Pratt in a foot note to chapter 6, Book of Ether, (p. 582) says the Jaredites landed “on the western coast, and probably south of the Gulf of California, and north of the land of Desolation.” The land where they formed their first settlement was called the land of Moron; it is said to have been immediately north of the land Desolation.
If a man is not ordained a High Priest while in this life, is it necessary that this ordinance be performed in his behalf after his death to enable him to obtain a fullness of salvation?
No, there is nothing in the word of God or in the ordinances of His house that conveys such an idea. A man must receive and hold the Melchizedek Priesthood to enter into and abide in the presence of the Almighty Father, but no particular office in that Priesthood is required. When that which is perfect is come that which is in part will be done away.