Monday, October 15, 2018

His Mission Souvenir

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James Godfrey served a mission to Minnesota in 1881. What did he bring home as a souvenir?
a.                  A hockey puck
b.                  An axe
c.                   An original copy of the Book of Mormon
d.                  A section of the rope he was dragged with
Yesterday’s answer:
D   John Reed
From the life of Ira Reed:   A veteran Elder of the Church, and a resident of North Point, Salt Lake Co., Utah, was born Jan. 25, 1834, at Kirtland, Ohio, the son of John Reed and Rebecca Barsh. As a little boy he started for Utah in 1848, together with his parents, one brother (Levi W.) and one sister (Clarissa), arriving in in G. S. L. City in November, 1848. His two sisters (Rebecca and Laura) came to the valley in 1850. His parents died during the journey across the plains. His mother was one of the earliest members of the Church and his father who was a lawyer, and an able and earnest defender of the Prophet Joseph Smith, is mentioned several times in Church history.

Jenson, Andrew, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jensen History Company, 1914), 2: 413.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Defended the Prophet in Court and Died on the Trail West

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Which man would defend the prophet in court, join the Church, and then die on the trail to the Salt Lake Valley in 1848?
a.                  David Atchison
b.                  Alexander Doniphan
c.                   Oliver Cowdery
d.                  John Reed
Yesterday’s answer:
B   A girl
Violence on the Mormon Trail:   Fighting with fists and knives and threatened fights with guns also occurred. In 1852, two men competing for the attention of a beautiful seventeen-year-old girl exchanged words that enraged one of them. “Mathews was of a fiery temper and threatened the life of Curtis if he did not recall his words and exposed a dagger which said he would take the life of Curtis as soon as opportunity offered.” While the initial dispute was settled without violence, additional discussion of the incident involved at least twenty-five men and another fight between Curtis and a man who threatened to hit him with a crutch. When it appeared that the fight would soon involve the entire company, “a man of resolute courage and good sense—seeing the course things were taking—jumped upon a wagon tongue and in a short and eloquent speech in which he told them how foolish they were acting and warned they were in an Indian country—that union was necessary for self-protection. All parties slunk off to their wagons.” Later, there was some discussion suggesting that Mathews, the man who threatened to kill Curtis with a knife, should be given a death penalty, but a company council review of the entire event ruled that no punishment should be forthcoming. The company arrived without further incident in Salt Lake City on October 3, 1852.
Violence and Disruptive Behavior on the Difficult Trail to Utah, 1847-1868, David L. Clark (BYU Studies, Vol. 53, Number 4, 2014), 93-94.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Violence on the Trail

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It was essential for those journeying on the trail to act as a team and assist each other on the trek to the valley, however, not everyone got along. Yes, there was violence on the trail. A man named Matthews and another named Curtis threatened each other bodily harm. What was the argument over?
a.                  Flour rationing
b.                  A girl
c.                   Guard duty
d.                  Feed for their animals
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Harold B. Lee
From the life to Lowell Tom Perry:   In 1949 Elder Perry received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Utah State University. Following graduation, the Perry’s moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where Tom was called as a counselor in a bishopric. This call necessitated his becoming a high priest. The ordination took place under the hand of Elder Harold B. Lee of the Quorum of the Twelve. In the blessing Elder Lee said that Brother Perry would someday sit in the leading councils of the Church. After more than three decades of diligent church service in bishoprics, high councils, and stake presidencies, L. Tom Perry became president of the Boston Stake. It was at this time that the promise spoken by Elder Lee began to come to pass.
In October 1972, during a trip to attend general conference, President Perry and his wife drove down to BYU to visit their son Lee. Not finding him at home, they waited for him at his dormitory. He unexpectedly arrived on the scene in a police car with the exciting announcement that President Harold B. Lee was trying to get in touch with his father. Elder Perry described the subsequent interview with the President of the Church” “When I opened the door and there sat President Lee, I was overwhelmed. He asked me to sit in the chair right next to him. He took me by the arm and explained the reason I was there. Would I accept the call as an Assistant to the Twelve? was the first question President Lee asked. The second question was, How soon can you move West? It was an overwhelming, and a very spiritual experience.” Just eighteen months later, Elder Perry was called to fill the vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve occasioned by the death of President Lee.

Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 518-519.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Extending the Call to Counselor in a Bishopric and Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve

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L. Tom Perry was called by the same individual to be a counselor in a bishopric and again many years later to an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve. Who was it that called L. Tom Perry to both positions?
a.   David O. McKay
b.   Thomas S. Monson
c.   Harold B. Lee
d.   Spencer W. Kimball
Yesterday’s answer:
A   6
When Matthew Cowley was only six years of age, he received a patriarchal blessing in which his remarkable ministry among the Maoris was foreshadowed: “you shall be sent as a delegate to the ten tribes and will become a leader and an interpreter in the midst of that people, and because of the power of God that shall be with you and the blessings of the Almighty, you shall be greatly beloved by that people.” At the age of seventeen Elder Cowley served a mission to New Zealand and witnessed the fulfillment of the promise that he would be “an interpreter.” He translate the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price into the native New Zealand tongue and edited the Book of Mormon, which had previously been translated. This mission lasted five years, from 1914 to 1919, and included the period of World War I. In 1938 he returned as mission president for an eight-year assignment spanning World War II. During this time he and his missionaries carried the message of peace to the war-threatened New Zealanders.

Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 481-482.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Matthew Cowley’s Patriarchal Blessing

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Matthew Cowley

Matthew Cowley was 17 years old when called on his mission. How old was he when he received his Patriarchal blessing?
a.                  6
b.                  10
c.                   17
d.                  25
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Healings
From the life of Melvin Joseph Ballard:   During this time, he continued to have remarkable spiritual experiences, including acting as an instrument for the Lord in numerous healings. While many of these incidents are not recorded, his journal contains this entry; “I was called in to administer to a child dying with pneumonia. It was in convulsions, and the doctor said that it could not live thirty minutes. The parents said, ‘You have come in time to save the lost.’ Fifteen minutes after administering to the child, it was at ease; and the next day it was well on the road to recovery.”

Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 449.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

It was His Gift

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What gift of the spirit did Melvin Joseph Ballard seem to be blessed with?
a.                  Vision
b.                  Tongues
c.                   Healings
d.                  Prophecy
Yesterday’s answer:
B   He woke up on top of his wagon heading down the canyon
From the life of Marriner Wood Merrill:   Brother Merrill’s life was also miraculously preserved when he was laboring in North Mill Creek canyon. Established in the valley and married to Sarah A. Atkinson, he earned his livelihood by bringing down enough wood to make about four dollars worth of shingles each day. One particularly cold morning, Brother Merrill was the only man bold enough to venture into the canyon for his usual load of logs. He was hurrying to load his wagon when an accident occurred that pinned him against the ice under one of the heavy logs. In this predicament he lost consciousness. When he revived, Brother Merrill found himself about a half mile down the canyon from where he had been, sitting atop the five carefully loaded logs. His oxen were rambling along toward home, his overcoat was laid neatly beside him, and his ax was stuck in one end of the log as he usually placed it himself. He showed his deep faith in the divine power that performed this service for him in these words: “I can truthfully testify in all soberness, that some power which I did not see assisted me from the position which doubtless would have speedily cost me my life. As I was preserved for some purpose known to my Heavenly Father, so do I also believe that God will bless and preserve the lives of His faithful children . . . and he will, if necessary, send angelic visitors to sustain that preserve those who put their trust in Him.”

Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 412.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Marriner’s Predicament

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Marriner Wood Merrill

Marriner Wood Merrill made his livelihood by cutting shingles. One day he went to North Mill Creek Canyon, east of Salt Lake City, to cut logs for his shingles. In the process of loading his wagon he fell under the load. Pinned, he lost consciousness. What happened next?
a.                  He was found a week later still alive
b.                  He woke up on top of the wagon heading down the canyon
c.                   The unfriendly natives brought him home
d.                   His wife had a vision of his whereabouts and was able to rescue him
Yesterday’s answer:
D   About 200 
From the life of Lyman Wight:   Two years later, in Nauvoo, Lyman Wight was called to be one of the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In that capacity he returned to Kirtland in 1842, where he rebaptized about two hundred Saints who had apostatized in 1837 and 1838. Fiercely devoted to Joseph Smith, Elder Wight was unable to transfer that allegiance to Brigham Young after the Prophet’s martyrdom. “The day was when there was somebody to control me, but that day is past,” he declared. Thirteen years earlier the Lord had warned in a revelation, “Let my servant Lyman Wight beware, for Satan desireth to sift him as chaff.” In 1845 he led a small group of dissident members to Texas, where they settled in various locations. At a general conference in 1848, the “Wild Ram of the Mountains,” Lyman Wight, was excommunicated. When he died ten years later, his followers scattered. Some came to Utah where they were rebaptized.

Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 384-385.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Re-baptizing the Apostates

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Lyman Wight

After Lyman Wight was made an apostle he returned to Kirtland in 1842 to baptize those that apostatized in 1838-1839. How many did he baptize?
a.                  About 50
b.                  About 100
c.                   About 150
d.                  About 200
Yesterday’s answer:
A   An angel appeared to him
From the life of David W. Patten:   Elder Patten exhibited great courage in defense of the truth. During a missionary meeting a crude and boisterous intruder disrupted the preaching and challenged anyone to evict him. Brother Patten vowed, “in the name of the Lord I will do it.” and, grabbing the heckler, he carried him to the door and threw him out onto a pile of wood. Some who witnessed the episode reported that “Patten had cast out one devil, soul and body.” On another occasion this powerful servant of the Lord, with only a walking stick, warded off an angry mob. Once a violent enemy approached him with a drawn bowie knife, threatening to cut his throat. Looking him squarely in the eye, David said, “My friend, do nothing rashly.” At the same time he reached slowly into his empty breast pocket. The assailant ran away, screaming, “Don’t shoot!” One night the Lord sent an angel to wake Elder Patten and his companion and warn them to flee from an approaching mob.

Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 352.