Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Blessed with Spiritual Gifts

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Who was the first prophet to teach that the Relief Society was blessed to share spiritual gifts as their priesthood counterparts?
a.            George Albert Smith
b.            Brigham Young
c.             Joseph Smith
d.            Wilford Woodruff
Yesterday’s answer:
C   $100,000
Two early Jewish freighters, Mr. B. Bachman and the I. Calisher & Company, were operating into Camp Floyd from Denver and the Pacific coast for the first year. The company of soldiers stationed at the camp was gradually decreased opt approximately 1,500 men by July 1861 and, with the beginning of the Civil War, the remainder were called east. “The Army disposed of over four million dollars’ worth of goods for approximately $100,000, about 40 percent of which was purchased by Hiram B. Clawson, agent for Brigham Young. But many individuals also benefited, among them Ransohoff, Auerbach, Kahn, and the Walker Brothers.” It is interesting to note how many of these men who established businesses in Salt Lake City and other areas in the West got their start from this event.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1997), 8:  241.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Close Out Sale

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When Camp Floyd was disbanded in 1861 and the last of the 1,500 soldiers from Johnston’s army sent east to fight in the Civil War, the army had to sell off $4 million worth of goods. How much were the Saints and other Utah residents willing to pay out?
a.            $4 million
b.            $400,000
c.             $100,000
d.            $1 million
Yesterday’s answer:
C   To feed
From the life of Ruth Hannah Newton Draper:   Ruth Hannah was born in England in 1837. Her mother died when she was two months old, and her father remarried.
When she was a teenager she became a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith along with several of her siblings, and they emigrated to the United States on the ship, “International.” She arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, October 10, 1853, traveling with the Joseph W. Young Company.
Ruth went to work for a family in Salt Lake. At one point she was given a bucket of slop (water and bran) and a pail and was told to slop and milk the cow. Not understanding the term “slop” (to feed), she poured the contents of the bucket over the cow. Her employer was furious about the waste and she was told to leave.
It was raining but she walked to the tithing yard. She was found there by William Draper and Mary Howarth, who was living with William’s wife, Mary Ann Manhardt, in Draper, Utah. She also learned that her sister, Fanny, was living at the same home. Soon after this incident Mary Ann Howarth, Fanny, and Ruth Hannah became the plural wives of William Draper Jr. Ruth was his seventh and last wife.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 843.

Sunday, June 23, 2019


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Not understanding what it meant to “slop”, Ruth Draper guessed wrong and was told to leave the farm she was living on shortly after she entered the Salt Lake Valley. What does it mean to slop?
a.                  Eat sloppily
b.                  To drool while sleeping
c.                   To feed
d.                  To spill
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Two boys, one girl
From the life of Martha Raymer Weaver Draper:   Martha first husband died, so later she married a friend of the family William Draper Jr., a widower.
When the mob threatened to burn her home unless she denied the religion she told them to go ahead. She loaded one wagon with her essential belongings and began the journey West. When the Mormon Battalion was formed her sons, Miles, Franklin, and daughter, Martha, volunteered to go. It was very hard on Martha because she was a widow.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 842.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Volunteering for the Battalion

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Martha Draper had three children volunteer for the Mormon Battalion. What sex were they?
a.                  Three boys
b.                  Two boys, one girl
c.                   Two girls, one boy
d.                  Three girls
Yesterday’s answer:
A   Sold clothes and cookies
From the life of Rachel Morris Davies:   In 1843, the first missionary from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, William Henshaw, assigned to Wales arrived. Without any knowledge of the Welsh language, he proclaimed his message in English and hoped some would understand. The William Rees Davies family were his first converts and they were baptized on February 19, 1843 with William, Rachel and two sons being baptized that day, and a daughter was baptized three months later. William, and Perhaps others in the family, must have known some English and recognized the truths when they heard Elder Henshaw speak. William fulfilled a mission in his native Wales before emigrating to Zion, being the first to preach in the Welsh language.
Rachel provided for the family while William was on his mission by running a cookie shop. They lived in the back of a wealthy family’s home, and the lady of the house would throw away her dirty clothes. Rachel would gather them up, wash and iron them, and sell them back to the same lady.
Music was an important part of family life in their home. William had a wonderful voice and was asked to sing for the Queen of England on three different occasions. Rachel was a lovely woman who lived the Gospel and loved to sing the songs of Zion. She did her sewing by hand; she never saw a washboard until she came to America, and she always did her washing by rubbing the clothes between her hands.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 766-767.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Providing Money for her Family

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While her husband was away on a mission, how did Rachel Morris Davies provide for her family?
a.                  Sold clothes and cookies
b.                  Sold matches and straw hats
c.                   Sold vegetables and fruit
d.                  Sold watches and coal
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Raspberry leaves
From the life of Margaret James Crump:   The exact date of the marriage of Margaret to William Charles Crump has not been found, but it was about 1853. The journal of Charles indicates that in the Summer of 1853, Brigham Young called for twenty families to go and strengthen the Herriman, Utah, settlement to live. Margaret’s family volunteered to go. One of the first things the settlers did was to build a fort for protection against the Indian raids.
Charles bought an existing cabin that was within the fort. They cleared the land and began to cultivate it. Water was very scarce and they struggled with the grasshoppers and crickets that ate their crops. Margaret had to endure much hardship and discomfort during their first years in the Herriman settlement. Food was in short supply and they had to share their food with the Indians. It was easier to feed them than to fight them.
Margaret was recognized in the community as a very capable nurse and midwife. When she assisted with the births she would bring a bag of raspberry leaves to make for the mother to drink. After the child was born she would return each morning change the mother’s bedding, assist the mother in bathing, then bathe and dress the baby, sweep and clean the rooms and then take the bedding and clothing home to be washed. She continued these services until the mother was able to do them, charging nothing for all she did, although on occasions she was given gifts for her service. One time she received sixteen Plymouth Rock hens that were worth $.25 cents each. During the time she acted as a midwife, Margaret never had a mother or baby die in the birth process.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 723.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Wanting the Mothers to Drink it

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What did Margaret James Crump want expectant mothers to drink when she went to deliver babies?
a.                  Alcohol
b.                  Milk
c.                   Raspberry leaves
d.                  Tea
Yesterday’s answer:
A   By telegram
From the life of Hannah “Annie” Stiff (Neville) Cox:   The ship docked, June 11, into New York, and Annie and family left the same day for New Haven, Connecticut. From there they traveled by steamboat and railroad to Wyoming, Nebraska, for their departure for the Salt Lake Valley.
Here they rested, bought supplies for the journey, including a wagon to live in, and three oxen and a cow. On July 13, 1866, they departed with the Chipman Company.
Along the way, Annie gathered Currant berries and prickly pear plants to eat, never venturing far from the company, for fear of being taken by the Indians. They also milked their cow and allowed the cream to turn to butter by the jolting motion of the wagon.
One day, about noon, Indians stampeded the cattle of the Chipman Wagon Train and they lost ninety cattle which was a great loss for them. Food rations were cut in half, their travel time was extended, so the captain telegraphed Brigham Young of their plight.
Relief wagons were sent to meet them with forty sacks of flour which relieved the threat of starvation for them. The two month long trek finally ended with their arrival in Salt Lake City, September 15, 1866.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 692.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


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How did the Chipman wagon company inform Brigham Young they were short of food and needed help?
a.                  By telegram
b.                  Sending someone ahead on the train
c.                   Smoke signals
d.                  Sending a runner ahead to Salt Lake City
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Grounded on a reef
From the life of Maria Purser Colebrook:   Maria Purser Colebrook was born in England, 1823. When Maria was a young girl she was witnessing the coronation of Queen Victoria when a carriage wheel ran over Maris’s foot causing a severe fracture. This resulted in a twisted, useless leg. As a result she developed other interests which she could do alone.
As she read the Bible her interest in it became the source of many spiritual manifestations in her life. One vision she had helped her know how to care for her leg. She followed the treatment prescribed in the vision and within three months she was walking without crutches.
Soon after the wonderful healing she met Charles Colebrook and married him in 1846 in Kidderminster, England. That same year she became inflicted with “spasms.”
While she was visiting a friend the Mormon Elders administered to her and she was relieved of her symptoms immediately. She never again suffered such attacks.
Maria and her husband joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. They were also blessed with the birth of their daughter whom they lovingly called Nellie.
The young family sailed for America on the ship, “Henry Ware.” The crossing was difficult and prolonged by being stranded near a large reef for several weeks. They finally landed in New Orleans and went to St. Louis.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 636.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


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What stranded the voyage that Charles and Maria Colebrook were on during their Atlantic crossing?
a.                  Unfavorable winds
b.                  A whirlpool that they couldn’t get out of
c.                   Getting lost
d.                  Grounded on a reef
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Two biscuits
From the life of Annie Butler Clayson:   When she was five years of age, Annie, her parents, four brothers, and one sister left England to join the Saints in Utah. Leaving in the Spring of 1853, on the ship, “Golconda,” they arrived in New Orleans, March 26, 1853.
While the family was preparing to cross the Plains, a man approached Annie’s father and asked for transportation to Salt Lake City. He offered to pay them well, to which her father consented. With this addition, the family, including the delicate mother and the five year old Annie, walked most of the way across the Plains. Upon arrival in Salt Lake City, the man refused to pay as agreed.
It was late fall and there was no shelter available to them when they arrived in Salt Lake City. They were forced to live in a tent until after the first snowfall when they finally came in contact with a widow who had a small log hut, used as a cow stable, that might be cleaned well enough to shelter them, at the rent of $3.00 a month. The family moved in.
There was no floor, and the cold winds howled through the unchinked logs, but they appreciated the shelter. They suffered cold, hunger and privation the first severe winter, but they were thankful that they had their family and were living among the Saints.
Annie and the other children were hired out for their board and clothes, her father began making and mending shoes.
A story is told of Annie when she was given the job of tending a baby for a lady in Salt Lake, for which she was given two biscuits for her pay for a full day’s work. One biscuit she ate during the day, and the other she took home for the family. Thus they lived until they moved to Union Fort.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 609-610.