Tuesday, October 29, 2013

He did it Alone

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I’m sure you’ve met that brand of person that is extremely independent and is not afraid to try most things in life by themselves, or with very little help. I remember living next door to a young family man. His car had broken down, and having a very young family had little money to pay someone to put in a new engine. He knew nothing about cars, in fact, didn’t even have the proper tools. However, he bought a book, engine, borrowed tools and went to work himself and completed the job successfully. The early church had many of these kinds of individuals, both male and female. It had too if it was going to survive. One such individual took proof sheets from the Book of Mormon when the first proof sheets were run off at the Grandin Press in Palmyra to Canada on a self-appointed missionary journey even before he was baptized. This same individual, when he had no success at the gold rush, made the journey home to Salt Lake City through native infested California by himself with only a knife to provide protection. Who was this individual?

a.      Porter Rockwell

b.      Lot Smith

c.       Solomon Chamberlain

d.      Ephraim Hanks

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      The Melchizedek Priesthood

The functions of deacons, teachers, and priests were performed primarily by Melchizedek Priesthood holders (during pioneer Utah). Revelation affirms that “those holding the Melchizedek Priesthood can act in all the offices of the Aaronic Priesthood” if called upon and set apart for that office, so the bishops and stake Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidencies “called and set apart” such men to be acting priests, acting teachers—the home teachers of that day—and acting deacons. Hence they were termed the “acting priesthood”—meaning those called into active service. The rest were reserves.

Nearly Everything Imaginable, Walker, Ronald W., Doris R. Dant ed., (Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1999), 258.

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