Thursday, December 13, 2018

Little Denmark

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What Utah town earned the distinction of Little Denmark during the early years of Utah Territory?
a.                  Spanish Fork
b.                  American Fork
c.                   Ephraim
d.                  St. George
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Kite string
From the life of Anna Maria Jensen Davidson:   Anna Maria was born on February 14, 1828 at Nomark, Denmark. She married Hans Christian Davidson on November 2, 1852 in Denmark. They had two children before they emigrated to Utah, where eight more children were born to them.
The family settled in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah. Anna Maria was an accomplished seamstress. She made kite string and candle wicks and shoemakers thread from flax she grew herself. She made the first rope that was used to raise the first flag at Pleasant Grove, Utah. She owned the first newspaper outside of Salt Lake and was the first woman co-editor of a newspaper. She was the first woman dental assistant in Mount Pleasant, Utah.
Anna Maria passed away on May 2, 1886 at Birch Creek, Sanpete County, Utah, after drinking homemade root beer which had fermented. Her husband passed away on August 23, 1892 at Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 762.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Selling on the Side

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What did early Danish pioneer Anna Maria Jensen Davidson make and sell on the side while living in Mt. Pleasant, Utah Territory?
a.                  Dolls
b.                  Shoes
c.                   Kite string
d.                  Baby diapers
Yesterday’s answer:
A   The fact that he was a mere boy
From the life of Ann Welch Crookston:   Ann Welch’s father, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, was a potter by trade, a Methodist preacher, and Sunday School teacher.
Ann was the only living daughter and her father was fond of her, and would often take her on long walks to visit the sick and poor.
Her English mother was a lace worker; the lace was embroidered on fine bobb net. One evening in the fall of 1841 as her mother was returning home from delivering lace, she noticed a crowd of people, and being curious she drew nearer. She saw what looked like a mere boy standing on a box talking to the crowd, and found to her surprise that he was preaching.
Although Ann’s mother was not religiously inclined, she stopped to listen. She was impressed, and invited him to her home to meet her husband and family and tell them about the Gospel. Elder Cordon did come and teach them and they were baptized soon after.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1:718.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ann Welch’s Mother’s Surprise

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Although not religiously inclined, what surprised Ann Welch’s mother when she stopped at a crowd of people listening to a Mormon missionary in 1841?
A   The fact that he was a mere boy
B   The fact that the Mormon’s believed in Prophets
C   The fact that the missionary wasn’t taking up a collection
D   The fact that the missionary had more than one book of scripture
Yesterday’s answer:
A   Survived the Willie and Martin Handcart company ordeal
From the life of Sarah Emily Wall Cowley:   Sarah Emily Wall was born in England, 1840. She was the next to oldest of nine children in her family.
Emily, as she was called, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with her family in England. They could not afford to send the whole family to America at once, so they sent the two oldest of their children first.
Joseph and Sarah Emily traveled to America on one of the ships (“Thornton” or “Horizon”). They left Iowa City, Iowa, with the Willie and Martin Handcart Company, July, 1856, and arrived in late November or early December in Salt Lake City.
Apostle Orson Hyde gave Joseph and Emily a blessing before they left England, promising them that if they were true and faithful and obeyed the council of those in authority over them, they would arrive in Zion in safety.
A few days after leaving Winer Quarters, Joseph became ill. Emily pulled him in the handcart, but he grew worse each day. Finally the company stopped for three days to allow him to recover, but he did not.
Those in authority said they would have to leave him behind to be picked up or buried by the next company. Emily said that she would not go on without her brother, and she would stay behind as well.
The company moved on, but the captain remembered that the Wall family had given him a large sum of money to take care of these children, so after travelling three miles out, he decided to go back for them. Emily, with the aid of a young girl, pushed her brother in the handcart the rest of the way.
As they were promised by Apostle Hyde, they made it to the Salt Lake Valley. Joseph regained his health after his arrival, and lived to be sixty-eight years old.
This journey across the Plains was an endurance test for all of the people in these companies. They suffered extreme hardships because of the early snow storms. Many froze to death or died of starvation. Rescuers had been sent from Salt Lake City to their aid. Among them was a young man William Michael Cowley.
Emily was only sixteen years of age when she lived with Amelia Young, one of Brigham Young’s wives, until she finally received consent, for her mother in England, to marry William Cowley. They were married in 1860. They had twelve children.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 690.

Monday, December 10, 2018

In Spite of the Promise

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Apostle Orson Hyde promised Sarah Emily Wall and her brother that if they listened to their leaders that they would make the long journey from England to the Salt Lake Valley in safety. They did, but what was Sarah called on to endure in spite of the promise?
a.                  Survived the Willie and Martin Handcart company ordeal
b.                  Survived a native kidnapping
c.                   Survived the Missouri mobbers
d.                  Survived a wolf attack
Yesterday’s answer:
A   Stuck in a whirlpool
From the life of Charlotte Jenkins Cole:   Charlotte’s mother died when she was about four years old. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with her father, sister, and two brothers.
They came to America in a sailing vessel and while they were on the ocean, they got into a whirlpool for over five hours. They ship’s captain feared they would be stuck here going round and round until food and water ran out. The Saints on board the ship knelt in prayer for deliverance. A giant tidal wave rose in the ocean and swept the ship out of the whirlpool. They were on the ocean six weeks.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 631.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Ship was Going Nowhere

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The ship that early Saint, Charlotte Jenkins Cole was emigrating on wasn’t going anywhere. What was the problem?
a.                  Stuck in a whirlpool
b.                  Stuck on a sandbar
c.                   Surrounded by icebergs
d.                  Ran ashore
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Joseph Smith
From the life of Miriam Clarke:   Miriam Clarke was the second of three children born in her family, being born in 1821 in North Wales. She also had eight half brothers and sisters by her father and his second wife, Ann Jarvis.
Miriam was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in February, 1852. She and her half-brother Amos, were the only members of their family who accepted the Gospel and came to Utah.
Miriam endured all the hardships incident to this time period. After coming to Utah she lived in Salt Lake City. In 1880, she lived on Chestnut Street.
Life was very difficult for a woman living alone in this time period. She did not marry, but was sealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 605.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Never Married, but Sealed to . . .

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Miriam Clarke joined the Church in Wales in 1852, emigrated to Salt Lake City, never married, and sometime around 1880 was sealed to whom?
a.                  Lot Smith
b.                  Joseph Smith
c.                   George A. Smith
d.                  Samuel Smith
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Lady-in-waiting to the Queen
From the life of Elizabeth Daniels Casto:   Elizabeth received a good education or training. She was in line to become Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen.
She had two brothers George and James it is not known whether they were older or younger. She heard the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized in May, 1841, and was rebaptized in September, 1845.
When her father heard she had joined the Mormons he disowned and disinherited her. Later, she made arrangements with a friend to get money for her fare to America.
But when she arrived at the dock her father was there and paid her way. He said, “I’d as soon see thee in thy grave then go with the Mormons, But if you must, I want you to go in comfort.” When she met her friend she [her friend] had been unable to get the money. She sailed on the ship, “Oregon” from Liverpool and docked in New Orleans.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 527.

Friday, December 7, 2018

In Line for . . .

Elizabeth Daniels Casto

Prior to Elizabeth Daniels Casto joining the Church in England in 1841, she was in line for what?
a.                  The Queen of England
b.                  A rich inheritance
c.                   Lady-in-waiting to the Queen
d.                  Priestess in the Church of England
Yesterday’s answer:
D   The hymns
From the life of Hannah Jane Shaw Burridge:   In 1852, George [her husband] was introduced to the “Book of Mormon.” He read it and believed it. Hannah feared this new religion and had her Pastor hold a special prayer meeting to pray for George. George resorted to the use of a little trickery to get Hannah to be fair and sensible about the Church. He knew the Mormons were to hold a meeting and as he loved the hymns they sang, and as Hannah loved to sing, he was sure they would appeal to her. On the appointed day he asked her to accompany him for a boat ride on the blue waters of the lagoon. Waiting over the rippling waves came the voices of the people singing to their God. Stunned, Hannah sat as one dazed. “They cannot be bad and be able to sing like that.”  
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1:440.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Convincing Hannah of the Truth

Hannah Jane Shaw Burridge

In 1852, what convinced Hannah Jane Shaw Burridge of the truth of the gospel?
a.                  The Book of Mormon
b.                  The Elders
c.                   The Saints ability to enjoy (dance) their religion
d.                  The hymns
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Rattlesnakes came out in hundreds
From the life of Helen Amelia Whiting Buchanan:   She was only thirteen years old, when her family started the long journey across the Plains. Amelia and her brother, William, walked and drove a team of oxen. Almost immediately upon reaching the Salt Lake Valley, President Brigham Young sent the family south to Manti to help colonize that area.
Their first home was a dug-our cave on the south side of the hill where the Temple now stands. Amelia tells how the family nearly starved to death that first hard winter. The food was scarce, but still they shared with the Indians. When spring came, so did the rattlesnakes. They crawled out from among the rocks by the hundreds and into the homes of the horrified Saints. Fortunately, no one was ever bitten.
 By that time, the food situation was acute and Amelia feared that they would all die of starvation. However, the Lord in his great mercy, caused “pig weed greens” to spring up in abundance to feed the hungry Saints. They expressed heart-felt gratitude for the “manna weed” and felt that the Lord had truly spared their lives. The greens continued to grow as long as there was a need for them, then they disappeared as mysteriously as they had come.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1:405.