LDS Church Headquarters
What served as the Church’s headquarters during the pioneer exodus to the Salt Lake Valley?
a. Brigham Young’s tent
b. Brigham Young’s wagon
c. Brigham Young’s cabin in Salt Lake City
d. Brigham Young’s cabin in Winter Quarters
(c) Went fishing and found money in the mouth of a fish
One of the Saints, Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner, recalled other miracles that occurred during the time the members of the Church were being forced out of Jackson County: “I saw the first hay and grain stacks on fire, in Bishop Partridge’s lot, and other property destroyed. Uncle Gilbert’s store was broken open, and some of the goods strewn on the public square; then the few families living in town went to the temple block, where the bishop and his first counselor, John Corrill, lived, for mutual protection; while the brethren were hiding in the woods, their food being carried to them in the night. Some of our brethren were tied to trees and whipped until the blood ran down their bodies. After enduring all manner of grievances, we were driven from the county. While we were camped on the banks of the Missouri River waiting to be ferried over, they found there was not money enough to take all over. One or two families must be left behind, and the fear was that if left, they would be killed. So, some of the brethren by the name of Higbee thought they would try and catch some fish, perhaps the ferry man would take them, they put out their lines in the evening; it rained all night and most of the next day, when they took in their lines they found two or three small fish, and a catfish that weighed 14 pounds.
“On opening it, what was their astonishment top find three bright silver half dollars, jus the amount needed to pay for taking their team over the river.
“This was considered a miracle, and caused great rejoicing among us.”
This is like the miracle Jesus performed with Peter to pay the temple tribute money. Jesus told Peter, “Lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee” (Matthew 17:27).
Church History for Latter-day Saint Families, Thomas R. Valletta (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 2004), 218-19.