Church Bonds? Good As Gooooooold!

Here’s a particularly disturbing set of articles from the Christmas Juvenile Instructor of 1898.

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The first is a nostalgic report from an elderly Mormon and her sacrifice at Kirtland.  The second is a long advertisement for Church Bonds, which were offered to New York bankers, who said thanks but no thanks; Mormons would now get a chance to get on in this once in a lifetime opportunity!  For some reason Mormons didn’t run to pick up every last bond, and so President Snow would beat the drum of tithing: blessings being the incentive.  Thus rather than being shareholders (no matter how crass that sounds), Mormons would simply be donors of a highly capitalized Corporation which promised blessings in return for cash.  Read at your own peril!

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