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History of Wilford Woodruff, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Wilford Woodruff became Church President at a crucial time in its history. Federal legislation against the practice of plural marriage had resulted in the confiscation of some church property and the imprisonment of many of its leaders, and threatened to impair the functioning of the church. Finding it necessary in 1890 to act "for the temporal salvation of the church," Woodruff issued his now-famous Manifesto which led to the discontinuance of officially sanctioned plural marriages among the Latter-day Saints. A financial crisis incurred by the polygamy crusade, the completion of the Salt Lake Temple, the demands of Church education, increased welfare expenditures and costs of funding local industries due to the 1893 depression, confronted the aging president throughout the remainder of his life.


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