Monday, November 18, 2013

Some Things Never Change

What was the most common complaint about home teaching in the 1860’s? The question isn’t really that hard, just think of today’s home teaching issues and the answer becomes obvious.

a.      Not doing it at all

b.      Waiting until the last day of the month

c.       Staying far too long

d.      Fudging their numbers

Yesterday’s answers:

1.      B   A Perpetual Emigration Fund debt

After 124 years, the oldest outstanding debt in the Church was finally taken care of. When the Thomas and Mary Ann Riley family arrived in the United States in 1856, they were among the first to have their trip financed by the Church’s Perpetual Emigration Fund. In 1880, when all of these debts were forgiven, the Riley’s names remained on the ledger books for some apparent clerical error. A descendant, A. Lisle Packard, was doing research on his family when he made this discovery and, as a fitting tribute to his forbear, and a way to donate to the Church, Packard repaid the debt of $69.76.

Skousen, Paul, The Skousen Book of Mormon World Records, (Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, Inc., 2004), 28.


2.      A   John Taylor at the time he was shot in Carthage Jail

When mobs broke into Carthage Jail in 1844 and murdered Joseph and Hyrum Smith, John Taylor was shot four times but survived. Dr. Thomas Barnes cared for Elder Taylor’s injuries and nursed him back to health. In a letter dated Nov. 6, 1897, Dr. Barnes gave his daughter, Miranda, graphic details of the shootings, and added, “We took the best care of him (John Taylor) we could till he left us. He got well but never paid us for skill or good wishes.” Many decades later, Taylor’s grandson, Raymond, became aware of the unpaid debt and decided to settle things with the family. In Santa Rosa, California, he finally located Mrs. Bertha Haskett. She was a direct descendant of Dr. Barnes. Upon hearing of Brother Taylor’s quest to pay his grandfather’s medical bill, Mrs. Haskett declined money but suggested any funds go to Southern Illinois University to create a collection about Mormons in Illinois .She quit-claimed the bill to a history professor at the university, Dr. Stanly B. Kimball. Sometime later, Taylor received this letter from Dr. Kimball: “Please consider this letter as a statement to you for the sum of $1 which will fully satisfy this more than one hundred year old medical bill.” Taylor dispatched a dollar immediately.

Skousen, Paul, The Skousen Book of Mormon World Records, (Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, Inc., 2004), 28.

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