Growing up in a church that prides itself on diversity, there was one thing everyone did together: a big backyard barbecue.
And the barbecue didn’t just go to a Mormon.
It went to a lot of people.
The barbecue was the perfect way to celebrate the anniversary of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s birth in March 1891.
He was one of the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
And it was just an honor for him and for the church.
It was a tradition that was carried over from the Church’s founding in 1830, when Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, baptized a man named Joseph Smith Jr.
The day the barbecue was set up, a man who had been the first of the Apostles was also baptized and named President George Albert Smith.
In 1842, the Quiverfull movement began, a group of fundamentalist Christians who believe the Bible teaches that God wants all humans to be sexually controlled and then to sacrifice babies to God.
The practice, which today is known as the “family planning movement,” is still considered a cult.