Monday, October 14, 2019

Turning Down the Marriage Proposals

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Rebecca “Beck” Nibley had a number of opportunities of marriage throughout the 1870s but consistently turned them down, why?
a.            She didn’t want to be in a polygamous relationship
b.            They were to non-members
c.             They were to men that had not served missions
d.            They were to students
Yesterday’s answer:
A   From the life of Joseph Hatten Carpenter:   In March, 1886, he left England for West Australia in a sailing ship, round the Cape of Good Hope, and after visiting most of the Australian colonies he started for San Francisco. While on board the ship “Zealandia” he met two Mormon Elders, Wilson Ross Pratt and Wm. C. Mellor. After hearing the gospel as taught by them, he believed it and went direct to Salt Lake City, where he was baptized March 1, 1887, by James Leatham and settled in the 19th Ward.
Jenson, Andrew, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jensen History Company, 1914), 2: 562.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Baptized Where?

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Hearing the gospel taught to him on a ship sailing from Australia to San Francisco, John Hatten Carpenter was eventually baptized where?
a.                  Salt Lake City
b.                  San Francisco
c.                   Hawaii
d.                  On the ship
Yesterday’s answer:
C   The Civil War
From the life of John Druce:   In reference to emigrating to Utah:   Says he: “It was a very critical time to travel through the States. The Civil War had just begun and the feeling against the saints was quite bitter. At Dunkirk, New York, the company was detained part of a day and all one night, none being allowed to leave the depot. At Quincy, Ill., men gathered about the train, swearing and uttering threats, but none were harmed. At Hannibal, Missouri, the train of cars was taken away by soldiers, in order to clear the road, the guerillas having set fire to the bridge over which the train must pass. None were allowed to leave the depot; all slept on the station floor.”
Jenson, Andrew, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jensen History Company, 1914), 2: 497.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

A Particularly Dangerous Time

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John Druce

Pioneer, John Druce stated that what was a dangerous time to be traveling to Zion?
a.                  The Utah War
b.                  The War of 1812
c.                   The Civil War
d.                  The Blackhawk War
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Her minister
From the life of Magdalena Schneider Reiser:   At the age of twenty, while visiting friends in Thun she first heard the true gospel of Jesus Christ expounded and became converted to it against the wishes of her parents and associates. When it was found that nothing could shake her faith in her religion, her minister of the old faith asked that she be refrained from associating with her former friends and leave her home town, or give up her religion. Never thinking that she would leave her home for any creed, the sorrow among her loved ones was great indeed, when she showed them that she chose the gospel before everything else. She spent four years in sorrowful banishment from her home, during which she frequently saved the Elders from bodily harm, and as she gave the greater part of her earnings to her invalid mother, she almost despaired of ever emigrating to Utah. But on a certain occasion in the fall of 1860, after walking 18 miles to meeting, one of the Elders, who knew of an invalid sister that needed a companion on the voyage to America, offered her the position. As her mother had recently died, Sister Magdalena gladly embraced the opportunity and after a rough voyage across the North Sea, she reached England, and thence crossed the Atlantic in the ship “Underwriter.” She walked all the way from Florence to G. S. L. Valley, traveling with an ox train. While on the plains she narrowly escaped death by Indians. Driving a cow and falling a short distance behind the rest of the company, she fell asleep while resting in the shade of a tree and on awaking she found that the rest of the company had gone out of sight. She prayed earnestly to the Lord and her prayer was answered by one of the brethren coming back to look for her. A few minutes after they had joined the company four or five Indians were seen galloping along the trail and they stopped at the very point where she had been lagging behind. She always after that felt that her life had been spared so that she might devote it to the benefit of her fellow man and to serve the Lord.
Jenson, Andrew, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jensen History Company, 1914), 2: 426-427.

Friday, October 11, 2019

A Bit of a Walk

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Who suggested to Magdalena Schneider Rieser that she leave the town she was living in when it was discovered she was studying with the Elders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
a.                  The mayor
b.                  Her minister
c.                   Her parents
d.                  The elders
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Cracked his whip at them
Annie Kershaw remembered that in 1865, she and a group of children found a grove of “potawatomi plum” trees and stopped to feast on their find. They were about a mile behind the company when the company captain, William Willis, rode back on his horse. Willis then drove the children ahead of him, cracking his “black snake whip at us, and I tell you we never strayed behind again.”
Violence and Disruptive Behavior on the Difficult Trail to Utah, 1847-1868, David L. Clark (BYU Studies, Vol. 53, Number 4, 2014), 98.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Instilling Fear

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Annie Kershaw

Annie Kershaw recollected that she and some other children found a plum tree while traveling on the Mormon trail and lagged behind the remainder of the group to enjoy the fruit. What did their Company Captain do to scare them back with the remainder of the group?
a.                  Sent Indians to scare them
b.                  Dressed up as an indian
c.                   Cracked his whip at them
d.                  Shot his gun over their heads
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Spencer W. Kimball
From the life of Russell Marion Nelson:   Surprisingly, several years later, in 1972, Dr. Nelson performed that very same operation on President Kimball. Again, Elder Nelson received a strong witness of the power of the priesthood. He said that in a blessing given by President Harold B. Lee preceding the operation, “I was promised that the operation would be performed without error, that all would go well, and that I need not fear for my own inadequacies, for I had been raised up by the Lord to perform this operation.” At the conclusion of the surgery another powerful testimony came to Elder Nelson: “I had a sure witness as I was standing there that the man I had just operated on world become the President of the Church!” Elder Nelson was surprised by this revelation because Joseph Fielding Smith was president of the Church, and Harold B. Lee, next in line, was a much younger and apparently more healthy man that President Kimball. After seven years as stake president, eight years as general Sunday School president, and five years as a regional representative, Russell M. Nelson was called to the Twelve in April 1984.
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 531-532. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Having it Confirmed

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Russell M. Nelson

Future prophet of the church, Russell Marion Nelson, had it confirmed to him that who would one day become the Prophet of the Church?
a.                  Himself
b.                  David O. McKay
c.                   Thomas S. Monson
d.                  Spencer W. Kimball
Yesterday’s answer:
C   That all of them would go on to become apostles
As a boy, LeGrand Richards worked many hours cutting hay with his father, George F. Richards, on their dry farm in Tooele, Utah. Since there was no shade anywhere about, at noon they would drop the tines of their hay rake, cover them with hay and sit underneath this makeshift canopy to eat their lunch. One summer LeGrand’s cousin from Salt Lake City, Stephen L. Richards, visited the farm and joined LeGrand and his father in their labor. Later Elder LeGrand Richards made this observation: “It was rather unique that under that hay rake on that dry farm one summer were three future apostles of the Church, though no one of us knew at the time.” LeGrand also had the distinction of being the third in a direct line of apostles, for his grandfather, Franklin D. Richards, also served in the Quorum of the Twelve.
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 489.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

It Seemed Unique to Him

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LeGrand Richards

What seemed unique to LeGrand Richards while reminiscing later in life of working in the hay field with his father, George F. Richards and his cousin Stephen L. Richards?
a.                  That their last names were the same
b.                  That they all served in the same mission
c.                   That all of them would go on to be apostles
d.                  That all three of them were married on the same date
Yesterday’s answer:
A   John A. Widtsoe
From the life of John A. Widtsoe:   In Logan, Utah, John entered Brigham Young College and graduated in 1891 at the age of nineteen. His mother had no qualms about undertaking what many of her associates thought was a rash and foolish venture for a poor widow—she sent him to Harvard, paying for this expensive privilege by long hours of sewing and by mortgaging all she had. John was one of a group of promising young Latter-day Saint men who were encouraged to attend Harvard by Dr. Joseph M. Tanner of Brigham Young College in Logan. This group of Mormon students enjoyed one another’s company and kept their expenses down by renting a house together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was here at Harvard that John found deep and lasting conviction concerning the truthfulness of the gospel. He wrote: “At that time I was having my religious battles. Was Mormonism what it pretended to be? Did Joseph Smith tell the truth? I read, listened, compared, thought, prayed. It was a real search for truth. Out of it in time came the certain knowledge that the resorted gospel is true and that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet, and the restorer of the simple true gospel of Jesus Christ. There has never been any doubt about it since that time of deep study and prayer.” He graduated in 1894, receiving the highest possible honors, including two awards that had never been presented to the same person before—one for demonstrating the greatest breadth of knowledge and the other for demonstrating the greatest depth of knowledge. Though he had many opportunities to go elsewhere at higher pay, John A. Widtsoe accepted a position at the Utah Agricultural College, where he could serve the people and kingdom he loved. Brother Widtsoe saw the forces of God at work in science. Once when doubts arose in his mind and he felt as if he might be losing his faith, he pled with the Lord for help. He expressed this earnest prayer by writing a beautiful hymn entitled “Father, Lead Me out of Darkness.” The Lord answered his prayer; his faith was strengthened and his testimony grew.
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 454-455.

Monday, October 7, 2019

He Did What no Other Achieved

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What Harvard graduate and future apostle did what no other student at Harvard achieved?
a.            John A. Widtsoe
b.            James E. Talmage
c.             Stephen L. Richards
d.            Charles W. Penrose
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Reed Smoot
From the life of Reed Smoot:   Brother Smoot’s thirty-year career in the Senate was outstanding. As a legislator he made particular contributions in the field of government finance, and in 1932 President Hoover told the citizens of Utah that Senator Smoot “knew more about the government than any other man.” Twice he was requested to fill the presidential nomination on the Republican ticket—if only he would denounce his religion. This Senator Smoot refused to do with a statement that will long inspire those who acquaint themselves with his life: “If I had to take my choice of being a deacon in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or being President of the United States, I would be a deacon.”
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 428-429.