Brigham young righteous worksPresentation Transcript
This was one of the symbols Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers used when they settled the territory of Utah. A beehive is on the beautiful home Brigham Young built and named the Beehive House. This symbol was also used in the Salt Lake Temple, where bees and beehives are depicted on the doorknobs. The beehive is also a symbol on the Utah State flag.
Just before the Saints were forced to leave Nauvoo, Illinois, President Young insisted that the Saints finish the Nauvoo Temple. This required an immense amount of time, money, and talent when it was apparent that the Saints would not be able to enjoy the temple very long.
Within three years after the mantle of Joseph Smith had fallen upon Brigham Young, he, along with the Quorum of the Twelve, led the faithful Saints into the Great Salt Lake Valley. They established some three hundred fifty settlements in the western United States, built Salt Lake City, and, as the Prophet Joseph Smith had prophesied, became a mighty people in the midst of the Rocky Mountains.
“While building homes, developing farms and establishing themselves a government, [Brigham Young encouraged the Saints not to] neglect the finer side of life. Education, religion, art, drama, and music were fostered for the social [and mental] development of the people. The Saints built their own theatres and trained their children in the various sciences and in music.
“It was not [just] his executive ability that endeared [Brigham Young] to his family and the Saints. Frank, kind, and concerned, he was as a father among them. Working alongside them, he chopped wood, cut timber, made bridges, cleared land, and built roads.
“For [thirty-three] years [either as President of the Quorum of the Twelve or as President of the Church] he led the [people]. He knew the divinity and destiny of the work. From [the foundation Joseph laid, Brigham Young] continued to build the kingdom that would go forth to encompass the world and eventually transform the world into Zion”
Brigham Young, like Nephi, knew that he was doing God’s work. He believed that if he and other mortals did all they could to establish the kingdom, God would see to the rest. Help the class understand that if we do all we can, God will then help us.