Sunday, August 20, 2017

Anti in His Views, But Still Liked the Mormons

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I remember while serving my mission that I had a land lady who loved the Saints, but didn't particularly care for its teachings. Which U. S. president’s party was anti-Mormon in its views, but the President himself was considerate of the Saints?
a.                  George Washington
b.                  James Buchanan
c.                   James Garfield
d.                  Abraham Lincoln
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   In a dream
From the life of Henry Eyring:   In May, 1860, after having labored in the Indian Territory four and a half years, I started for Utah, where I arrived Aug. 29, 1860. At that time the Cherokee Mission was under the direct charge of the Presidency in Utah, but it was very difficult in those days to get any news from there. I had had charge of the mission for over two years, and altogether had been in that field nearly four and a half years; hence I began to think that possibly my mission might come to a close before long. Getting no news of an kind from Utah, I enquired of the Lord and He answered me in a dream, as follows: I dreamed that I was in the President’s office in Salt Lake City, and that I addressed Pres. Young, saying: ‘I have come of my own accord, but if I have not stayed long enough, I am willing to return and complete my mission.’ The president answered: ‘It is all right, you have stayed long enough.’ On the strength of this dream I started for Utah; and when I met the President, I said to him: ‘Pres. Young, I have come without being sent for; if this was not right, I am willing to go back and finish my mission. He answered pleasantly: ‘It is all right, we have been looking for you.’ 

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:312-313.  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Released From His Mission

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Henry Eyring
Mission releases aren’t the same anymore, not even compared to when I served back in the late 70’s. In May 1860, how did Henry Eyring learn of his mission release from the Cherokee mission?
a.                  By reading a Deseret News newspaper that he saw lying in the street
b.                  In a dream
c.                   In a letter sent by Brigham Young
d.                  By his mission president
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   Having his friend, George A. Smith, pull out his false teeth
It was threshing time and Thomas Davenport was all ready to thresh his wheat and the machine was ready to go when a band of Indians rode up on their ponies each with a sack for some grain. Mr. Davenport looked at his little sack of grain, then at the Indians, and shook his head. There just wouldn’t be enough for his family and the Indians. The crops had been very light that season due to the scarcity of water and the grasshopper plague; so he rounded up a number of men from the Vigilantes in full view of the Indians.
   The group included Bob Quarm, pioneer photographer, who had an iron peg-leg and a wooden stump for a foot that he used to strap around his knee; Robert Miller, a Scotchman with his curly red wig—he having lost all of his hair during a fever; and George A. Smith with his set of false teeth. At a given signal they all put their heads together, gave a big war-whoop while Bob Quarm unbuckled his peg-leg and threw it high in the air. They then gave another cry, and Robert Miller, not to be outdone, threw his wig into the air exposing his shining dome. The Indians stood wide-eyed with astonishment, but when George A. Smith gave another loud howl and let his false teeth fly—they took to their horses and fled as fast as they could.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:274.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Intimidating the Natives

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For the most part the natives intimidated the Saints across the plains and even after the Saints settled the Salt Lake Valley. There were times when the two groups did well together, but for the most part it was a love-hate relationship. In this early Salt Lake Valley incident, Thomas Davenport intimidated the natives by doing what?
a.                  Pulling his gun on them
b.                  Pretending to be crazy
c.                   Having his friend, George A. Smith, pull out his false teeth
d.                  Yelling for his neighbor, Porter Rockwell      
Yesterday’s answer:
B.   To take his belongings east on a mission to Great Britain
From the life of Henry Harriman:   In the spring of 1857 he was called on a mission to Great Britain. In crossing the plains from Salt Lake City to the Missouri river he acted as president of the only company of missionaries, whoever crossed the plains with handcarts.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1: 193-194.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Henry Harriman and the Handcart

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It was necessary for Henry to use a handcart for what purpose?
a.                  To take his belongings west to the Salt Lake Valley
b.                  To take his belongings east on a mission to Great Britain
c.                   To take his belongings north to settle Brigham City
d.                  To take his wares to sell around Salt Lake City
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   This man’s past
From the life ofLevi Ward Hancock:   Arriving with the camps of Israel on the Missouri river, he enlisted in the famous Mormon Battalion and marched with that military body to California, being the only man of the general authorities of the Church who thus enlisted. On the long and tedious march his wise counsel and exemplary course did much to mold the character of the soldiers. He acted as chaplain of the Battalion. As an illustration of his susceptibility to the spirit of inspiration the following is related: A non-Mormon by the consent of the Battalion joined the company and soon after required baptism. Brother Hancock, in company with others of the brethren, took him down into the Missouri river and performed the ceremony. On raising him from the water he said, as if wrought upon by the spirit, “If I have baptized a murderer, it will do him no good.:” His words had such an effect upon the stranger that he soon afterwards confessed that he was a murderer, having killed his own brother.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1: 189.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Levi and the Baptismal Candidate

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Immediately after Levi baptized the only non-member of the Mormon Battalion, what was revealed to him?
a.                  The future of this man’s family in the Church
b.                  The fact that the Mormon Battalion would not lose a life through fighting
c.                   This man’s past
d.                  The future of the Saints in the Salt Lake Valley
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   His boots
John Smith made his way eastward and, after halting a short time in Quincy and Green Plains, settled in Nauvoo “in an old log house that had once been a stable.” Here the Prophet saw that Uncle John’s boots ere entirely worn out. “He pulled off his own boots and gave them to him and rode home in his stocking feet.” (Journal of John Smith) John Smith loved his nephew, the Prophet. On the last day of Joseph’s life, he spent an hour in Carthage Jail visiting with him.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1997), 8: 116.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

He Couldn’t Leave Without Giving Him Something

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When John Smith, the prophet’s uncle, entered Nauvoo for the first time, Joseph Smith paid him a visit and gave him what?
a.                  A blessing
b.                  His copy of the Book of Mormon
c.                   A place to live
d.                  His boots
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  He was told this in a dream
From the life of Henson Walker:   Henson was a member of the Nauvoo Legion and enjoyed their drill very much, but more than all else in the world he enjoyed standing in the square listening to the inspired commanding tones of that humble young Prophet, Joseph Smith. He was always happy when in company with him and was more than willing to render him all possible aid. He was with the Legion at the old frame house, near the Mansion, June 18, 1844, when the Prophet unsheathed his sword for the last time. When Joseph left Nauvoo for Carthage, Henson was very anxious to see an armed escort go with him, because he was pledged to support him. In a dream he was told that Joseph and Hyrum were all right, that they were beyond the reach of the mob. And when the next news came, they were truly beyond the reach of all mobs.

Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 509.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Beyond the Reach of the Mobs

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Nauvoo Legion member Henson Walker was concerned for Joseph and Hyrum’s safety when they left for Carthage in June 1844. He felt that they should be sent with a guard, when he was told that they were "beyond the reach of the mobs". How did he learn this?
a.                  Brigham Young told him this
b.                  He was told this in a dream
c.                   An angel told him this
d.                  Porter Rockwell told him this
Yesterday’s answer:
b.   3 weeks
However, Governor Dawson [ 3rd Governor of Utah] was not destined to be in the territory when the convention was held. It soon became know that he had “made indecent proposals to a respectable lady of the City, and fearing chastisement at the hands of her relatives or friends, he hastily departed, on the afternoon of the last day of 1861, for his home in Indiana.” But, upon his arrival at Hanks’ mail station at Mountain Dell, between Little and Big Mountains, he was robbed, assaulted, and beaten to exhaustion by a gang of ruffians. One of them is said to have been related to the lady to whom Governor Dawson had made his advances. His other assailants were merely drunken desperadoes and robbers, who were soon afterwards arrested for their cowardly and brutal assault. Their tragic deaths while attempting to escape from officers of the law were not much regretted by the community.
   So ended twenty-one days of governmental rule by one appointed to administer justice: but because he apparently lacked in judgment and discretion for his positon, the growing disappointment of the inhabitants of the territory with the form of rule became more manifest as time went on.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7,108.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Shortest Term

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Governor Dawson
Governor Dawson was Utah’s 3rd federally appointed governor in 1861. His term would be the shortest. How long did he serve as Utah’s governor?
a.                  1 year
b.                  3 weeks
c.                   6 months
d.                  3 months
Yesterday’s answer:
C.   The Kirtland Temple
For some time there was a season of joy and gladness in Kirtland for the saints. The school for the elders in the temple went steadily on. During the week Professor H. M. Hawes conducted the “Kirtland High School,” where, in addition to the English branches, the classics were taught; and Professor Joshua Seixas was employed to conduct a class in Hebrew which was well and enthusiastically attended by a number of leading elders, including the Prophet. In the evenings the various temple rooms were quite generally occupied by the different quorums of priesthood. On Thursday night a weekly prayer meeting was held in the main hall of the lower story, conducted by the father of the Prophet, now the presiding patriarch of the church, and vocal music was taught to members of the choir on several evenings of the week. On Sundays the temple was crowded with eager worshipers from far and near, and Kirtland was indeed a center of educational and religious activity. From thence elder were sent throughout the United States and into Canada, which was the first country to receive the message of the New Dispensation outside of the United States. Elder Orson Pratt preached the first discourse in Canada at Potten, north of the state of Vermont, and the 20th of July, 1833. In October of the same year the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon performed a brief mission in Upper Canada, accompanied by Freeman Nickerson. They held meetings in Mount Pleasant, near Brantford, the shire town of Brant county; also in Waterford, in the adjoining county of Norfolk. About sixteen were baptized and Freeman A. Nickerson (a relative of the Freeman Nickerson who accompanied the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon on their mission) was ordained an elder and appointed to preside over the newly mad e coverts. Subsequently, namely, in 1836, Elder Parley P. Pratt under very interesting circumstances went to the city of Toronto and preached the gospel to that city and the surrounding country. Among his early converts in Toronto was John Taylor, who afterwards became prominently associate with Joseph Smith at Nauvoo, was made one of the twelve apostles, and became the third president of the church, succeeding Brigham Young in that high office.

B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church (Brigham Young University Press: Provo, Utah, 1965), Vol. 1, 393-395.