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What pattern did the early Saints follow in a modified form in laying out LDS settlements in Missouri, Illinois and the Great Basin?

(Answer on page 13)

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(From page 2)

In laying out early LDS settlements, the Saints used a modified form of a plan prepared in 1833 by the Prophet Joseph Smith. The characteristics of the Prophet's plan included a regular grid pattern with square blocks, wide streets (132 feet), alternating half-acre lots so that houses faced alternate streets on each block, uniform brick or stone construction, homes set back 25 feet from the street, frontyard landscaping, gardens in the backyard, the location of farms outside of town, and the designation of central blocks as sites for temples, schools and other public buildings.

Source: Encyclopedia of Mormonism 1:283, edited by Daniel H. Ludlow.

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