Friday, August 23, 2019

Followed, But Never Harmed

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Martha Jane Sharp states that when she was sent from the main detachment of the Mormon Battalion to Pueblo, Colorado that she was followed a number of times by what, but never harmed?
a.                  Natives and wolves
b.                  Natives and bears
c.                   Cougars and wolves
d.                  Missourians and cougars
Yesterday’s answer:
C   He would live in the largest mansion in Salt Lake City
John Taylor’s move to the Gardo House was regarded by Mormons as the fulfillment of prophecy, as some years earlier when Taylor’s financial circumstances had been at their lowest, Heber C. Kimball had prophesied that someday Taylor would live in the largest and finest mansion in Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, there were a number of Latter-day Saints and others not of the faith who were displeased with the public reception and of Taylor’s occupancy of the Gardo.
International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Museum Memories (Talon Printing: Salt Lake City, 2011), 3: 21.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Heber’s Prophecy

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Heber C. Kimball

Heber C. Kimball was noted for his prophecies. In fact, Brigham Young once referred to him as his prophet. What did Heber C. Kimball correctly prophesy about John Taylor?
a.                  He would serve a mission to England
b.                  He would become the President of the Church
c.                   He would live in the largest mansion in Salt Lake City
d.                  He would be shot a number of times in a jail and live to tell about it
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Got a job at the hat store
From the life of Frances Ann Tatton Bench:   Frances Ann was nine years old when her family boarded the ship, “Camillus,” which was sailing to America. They arrived in New Orleans on June 7, 1853. Here they received instructions by wagon master, John Brown, to travel up the Mississippi River to Keokuk, Iowa, to be outfitted for their trip west. They did so and arrived in Salt Lake Valley on October 17, 1853. Frances had walked most of the way.
Frances was educated and worked in her father’s hat shop as a clerk. While she was working here, a young student was smitten with her beauty and made several trips past the hat shop just to look at her. He finally obtained a job from her father just to meet Frances. Frances and William Bench fell in love and were married in December, 1862. During the next ten years, the young couple lived in Salt Lake and in Manti, Utah.
International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, (Publisher Press, 1998), 1:216.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Soft on the Hat Clerk

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In the late 1850s, William Bench couldn’t help but notice Frances Tatton, the young clerk in the hat store in Salt Lake City. What did he do to meet her?
a.                  Bought a hat
b.                  Stole a hat
c.                   Got a job at the hat store
d.                  Asked her out
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Joseph Smith   
The dedication of the Eliza R. Snow monument and rose garden on October 6, 1956:   The ladies of South Utah County, attired in pioneer dresses and bonnets, provided a choral selection, “Those Pioneers,” and then Bryant S. Hinckley, noted speaker and writer, addressed the audience. He told of events in Eliza R. Snow’s life and talked about meeting her when he was eleven years old. He had good memories of the encounter because she let him touch a watch which once belonged to Joseph Smith and then testified that she was the wife of the Prophet.
Lesson Committee, Museum Memories-Daughters of Utah Pioneers, (Salt Lake City, Talon Printing, 2010), 2: 331.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Touching the Watch

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Bryant S. Hinckley

When Bryant S. Hinckley, father to Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, met Eliza R. Snow as an 11-year old youth, she let him touch a watch. Who did the watch belong to?
a.                  Lorenzo Snow
b.                  Lucy Mack Smith
c.                   Emma Smith
d.                  Joseph Smith
Yesterday’s answer:
A   Made into a table
Master cabinetmaker William Bell Jr. searched through the lumber available at Brigham Young’s Public Works cabinet shop. He needed just the right wood for the octagonal table that he was planning to fabricate for exhibition at the Utah Territorial Fair in 1858. He passed over stacks and stacks of native pine, juniper, quaking aspen, cottonwood, and other softwoods from local canyons. At least he found exactly what he wanted—wood form the wagons that had brought Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake in 1847.
Lesson Committee, Museum Memories-Daughters of Utah Pioneers, (Salt Lake City, Talon Printing, 2010), 2: 237.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Wood from the Wagons

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What was the eventual outcome of the wood from the wagons that brought Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball to the Salt Lake Valley?
a.            Made into a table
b.            Made into a head and footboard
c.             Used for firewood
d.            Made into planter boxes
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Hawaii
In 1854 a translation of the Book of Mormon into Ka Buke a Mormona was commenced by George A. Cannon, assisted by William Farrer and two or three educated natives, among them Joseph Bull and Matthew Wilkie. The book was published in San Francisco in 1855. President Brigham Young called all Utah missionaries home in 1858 because of the advancement of Johnston’s army, and native leaders were left in charge of the mission [Hawaiian].
Two years later, Walter Murray Gibson, a man who had traveled extensively, joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. After locating temporarily in Utah, he was called on a mission to the South Pacific Islands. While calling upon the Hawaiian group en route and finding many members of the Church there, he made the decision to commence operations among them.
Representing himself as having been sent by President Brigham Young to preside over the saints in Hawaii and after showing them his elder’s certificate, he established himself at Palawai and set up an organization to his own liking. Then, contrary to the order of the Church, he assumed extraordinary authority. Courting the favor of the wealthier among them, he ordained apostles, high priests, bishops, etc., setting them apart to preside over the saints in various parts of the islands. Gibson receive tribute from each of them in the form of money, pearl shells, farm produce, etc. He even charged them for priesthood certificates.
Some of the leading native saints reported this despicable situation to Church headquarters, and President Brigham Young sent apostles Ezra T. Benson and Lorenzo Snow with elders Joseph F. Smith, Alma L. Smith and William W. Cluff to Hawaii to investigate. They arrived at the end of March of 1864, and their investigations led to the excommunication of Walter M. Gibson and the submission of some of his followers to rebaptism and reinstatement as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. . . .
Since Gibson had defrauded the saints of their property on Lanai, a new gathering place was selected in 1865, and the Hawaiian saints were encouraged to come. Elder George Nebeker purchased for the Church, in the interest of the natives, a new plantation that contained about 6,000 acres.
Lesson Committee, Museum Memories-Daughters of Utah Pioneers, (Salt Lake City, Talon Printing, 2010), 2: 196.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Walter Murray Gibson, the man “In Charge”

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Walter Murray Gibson

Elder Gibson was called on a mission in the late 1850s. When arriving in his mission he assumed false authority and ordained apostles. What mission did this happen in?
a.                  Japan
b.                  Italy
c.                   Hawaii
d.                  Canada
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Utah Valley area (current day Provo)
The first company of Utah pioneers met famous mountain man Jim Bridger along the pioneer trail in Wyoming on June 28, 1847. He described the beautiful Utah Valley with its freshwater lake, plentiful grass, timbered streams, and wild berries, but he warned that the Timponagots Utes had horses and guns. The LDS leaders decided to establish their first settlement in the Salt Lake Valley rather than risk confrontations with the natives, but they were mindful of Utah Valley’s potential as a site for future settlements.
Lesson Committee, Museum Memories-Daughters of Utah Pioneers, (Salt Lake City, Talon Printing, 2010), 2: 101.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bridger’s Opinion

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Jim Bridger

When the Saints met mountain man Jim Bridger on June 28, 1847, where did he suggest they settle?
a.                  The Salt Lake Valley
b.                  California’s bay area
c.                   Current Las Vegas, Nevada area
d.                  Utah Valley area (current day Provo)
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Her ox team and wagon
From the life of Netta Anna Furrer Cardon:   About this time, in 1854, she met Elder Heurs, a Latter-day Saint missionary who taught her the gospel and baptized her. Soon she made plans to join with the saints in Utah. She journeyed to Liverpool, England, where she set sail on the ship Enoch Train. This voyage lasted three long months, and her medical skill saved many lives, as a contagious disease broke out among the passengers.
After arriving in New York, she traveled by rail to the Missouri River where the trek across the plains. She had money with her to purchase a yoke of oxen, a wagon, and provisions for the journey, but seeing a family too poor to buy an outfit, she gave them all of her equipment and then purchased a handcart and a few provisions for herself. She took her medical kit, containing a few surgical instruments and medicine, a trunk containing clothing, and joined the Edmund Ellsworth handcart company. It was the very first handcart company to make the trek to Zion.
Lesson Committee, Museum Memories-Daughters of Utah Pioneers, (Salt Lake City, Talon Printing, 2010), 2: 60-61.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Giving it all Away

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Netta Anna Furrer Cardon

What did Netta Anna Furrer Cardon give away?
a.                  Her original copy of the Book of Mormon
b.                  Her Temple Recommend
c.                   Her Ox team and wagon
d.                  Her ship ticket to America
Yesterday’s answer:
A   In the homes of her patients
The following is about two midwives who attended the mother of a little Presbyterian girl in Idaho’s isolated Gray’s Lake Area. The family later moved to Utah where little Alice Creger grew up, married and lived a productive life. In her later years, she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was from her deathbed at the age of seventy-four that her narration, “Alice and the Midwives,” evolved.
“I don’t remember anything about the birth of Harold-the oldest of my brothers. I do remember when my brother Evan was born. There was this old midwife. She would come into the valley and live with the family that was expecting a baby until the baby was born and everything; then she would move on to the next family. With my usual bad luck, she came to our family about January. We called her ‘Doc Harris.’ She had a daughter named Mildred Mecham; and, of course, they took over the house. That Mildred was a spoiled brat. I had to give up everything for her to play with, even my new Christmas doll.
That midwife was mean to Harold and me, and with my mother so sick for such a long time, there wasn’t much she could do about old Doc Harris. And if Dad was out with the cattle, she was ‘king of the walk.’ It didn’t take long for Harold and me to learn that the best place for us to be was underneath our mother’s bed, especially when that midwife was drinking. And she used to get on some real binges.
Finally, my brother was born, and they moved on. When they left, I just took that new doll I got for Christmas, handed it to Mildred, and told her she could have it. I didn’t even want to touch it after that. I went back to my old tin-faced, tin-headed doll that got stepped on by a horse. Dad tried to straighten her face out with his ball peen hammer, but she still looked a lot like that Heap Skinner who walked behind a pack train of mules and got kicked in the face. Doc Kackley had to put a new jawbone in for him, but his face was always kind of out of shape-like my doll. So I called her ‘Heap Skinner.’”
Lesson Committee, Museum Memories-Daughters of Utah Pioneers, (Salt Lake City, Talon Printing, 2010), 2: 28.