Boys will always be boys. New moms have got to accept that fact. They are full of energy and constantly on the move. Things like Church, where they are required to sit still for an extended, amount of time is definitely a test of patience to both the little guy and to the parents. Kate and I are the proud grandparents to 14 grandchildren, with two more on the way. Of the 14, only 3 are boys. Trust me, I have a year’s supply of duct tape. When grandpa has to babysit his grandsons by himself, the most successful technique is to duct tape them to the floor. I think Sister Cannon (19th century Salt Lake politician) thought the same. She wrote a letter to her husband, Angus, filling him in on his son’s antics. I felt for the lady, I mean duct tape hadn’t been invented yet. What was it her son was going to do with a match he found?
a. Burn his sisters hair
b. Light the outhouse on fire
c. Burn his primary song book
d. Light a bon fire in the dining room
a. By use of lowering a platform and barrel from the ship to the ocean below
To hold Church services on deck required the captain’s permission; some captains gave permission and others did not. Religious discussions sometimes produced converts among passengers, ship officers, and crews. During a raging storm in 1851, the Olympus, with 245 Saints on board, started to sink. The desperate captain requested Mormons to pray for help. They did. The storm “suddenly abated,” and Saints and the captain credited God for the deliverance. The captain gave permission for Saints to hold religious services for everyone on board. During the fifty-four-day passage, fifty converts were baptized using an on-deck water barrel and a platform lowered by ropes onto the ocean.
History of the Saints, Harley, William G., ed. (American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communications, 2012), 247.