When Karl Maeser was called to serve a mission to Germany during the 1867 General Conference, Karl left his wife with something that when he came home from his mission she gave back to him. What was it?
a. A 50 cent piece
b. A rifle and ten bullets
c. His shoes
d. The only bag of flour they had in the house when he left
(C) That he would sail his condemned ship one more time
When Maria Gill Clayfield arrived in Liverpool to take passage on the sailing vessel, she, along with the other passengers, found that the only ship available was one which had been condemned and was not seaworthy. When the immigration officers saw that a number of people wanted to come to America, they asked the captain of the condemned ship if he would consent to make one more voyage in his ship. The captain asked who the people were. When he was told they were Mormons, he agreed to take them, saying that he felt nothing would happen to them as long as there were Mormons aboard.
After the Saints arrived safely in America the following was recorded on August 7, 1868: August 7 was a fine morning. The Saints got their luggage and were given instructions before going ashore. They had been on the ocean six weeks and three days. It is interesting to note that the ship was loaded with cotton for the return trip to England, but on the third day out she sank in the ocean.
Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Salt Lake City: Lesson Committee, 1993), V4:57, 59.