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Day in the Life

Dec 31, 1869

Journal Entry

December 31, 1869 ~ Friday

31. The last day of the year I spent at home A synopsis of
My labors will be found on the following leaf. Thus Ends 1869
and it has Been a vary important year in many respects
The great National Highway, the Union Pacific, & Central
was built during this year also the Utah Central
Rail Road
was Built from Ogden to Salt Lake City The first
Rail Road Built By the Latter Day Saints & owned By Them, And
the first Rail Road Built in America. Built By working men
without Assistance from Government, or large capitalist, this
is Built By the Poor Saints & owned By them without assistance from
any one Expcept the Lord. This opens a communication wi
Between Salt Lake City & all the world. We Emigrated about
3000 Saints during this year. We have Lost during the past
year One of our Number of the Quorum of the Twelve
Apostles Viz Ezra Taft Benson & Albert Carrington was
Appointed in his stead. President Brigham Young G A. Smith
D. H. Wells & the Twelve Apostles have travelled from St Charles


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Carrington, Albert
8 Jan 1813 - 19 Sep 1889
211 mentions
Young, Brigham
1 Jun 1801 - 29 Aug 1877
3314 mentions
Apostle, Family
Wells, Daniel Hanmer
27 Oct 1814 - 24 Mar 1891
774 mentions
Benson, Ezra Taft
22 Feb 1811 - 3 Sep 1869
365 mentions
Smith, George Albert
26 Jun 1817 - 1 Sep 1875
1375 mentions
Apostle, Missionary


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spirits are pure that Enter their tabernacles & there will be a chance for the redemption of all the children of Adam Expcept the Sons of perdition.
~ Brigham Young


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Church membership 90,130; population of Utah Territory 86,336; population of 38 United States 39,820,000.
Utah women given the right to vote; Liberal (non-Mormon) Party formed opposing People's (Mormon) Party.

Dec 31, 1869