Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kidnapped!



As a little guy I didn’t have to worry about strangers so much. I mean, I walked the over 1 mile to kindergarten and never once felt threatened. How society has changed! Today, kids are driven to and picked up from school, even if they just live down the street. I notice more and more young elementary age kids with cell phones. The bottom line is, you can never be too safe with your kids. Sad, but it’s just the world that we live in. The pioneer parents of little Sarah Ellen Stone thought their daughter was also safe when they left her for a moment, however, the little girl was kidnapped. Where was she kidnapped?

a.      In Fayette, at the Peter Whitmer cabin the day the Church was organized

b.      In Salt Lake City shortly after the family arrived

c.       On the Mormon Trail

d.      On the ship to America

Yesterday’s answer:

(D)   In a LDS seminary class

Ed Parker, a member of the Church in Pasadena, California, and formerly a close friend and “protective companion” of Elvis, had many occasions to escort Elvis to concerts. When discussions drifted to religion, Parker had an opportunity to share his own beliefs with Elvis and eventually gave Elvis a copy of W .Cleon Skousen’s The First 2000 Years and other Church books. Parker also gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and told Elvis it contained the history of Elvis’ ancestors (Elvis was part American Indian). Elvis read the Skousen book and this started thoughtful dialogue between him and Brother Parker during trips together. One morning, Elvis consented to visit Parker’s daughter in her early morning seminary class where Elvis stood to bear his own testimony of Jesus Christ. On another occasion, a young woman handed Elvis a copy of the Book of Mormon as he stood at his Graceland mansion home. After Elvis’s death, the Graceland copy of the book was returned to the woman who gave it to him. She in turn gave it to Alan Osmond, who donated it to the Church. In that Copy, Elvis had made some notes in the margin, noting in particular a reference to Christ being king. “There is only one King,” Elvis wrote. An LDS Elvis impersonator, Dr. Robert Von Moody, Orem, Utah, explained that , contrary to popular belief, Elvis was a deeply spiritual man and didn’t like being called “The King.” To Elvis, there was only one king (the Lord), Dr. Von Moody said, and the proof is in the margin of that dog-eared copy of the Book of Mormon in Church archives in Salt Lake City.

Skousen, Paul, The Skousen Book of Mormon World Records, (Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, Inc., 2004), 162.

 

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