Sunday, March 9, 2014

Joseph’s Prophecy

Joseph Smith and Brigham Young 

When Joseph Smith and Brigham Young met for the first time in Kirtland in 1832, Joseph Smith prophesied what about Brigham Young?

a.      That he would eventually lead the Church

b.      That he would have many wives

c.       That he would serve a mission to England

d.      That he would lead the Church to the Rocky Mountains

Yesterday’s answer:

(B)   Brigham Young’s wagon

In the autumn of 1847 the wagon was returned to Winter Quarters, and the family of James M. Flake used it to make the trip to Utah in 1848. It was likely used for a variety of purposes until 1859, when John W. Young, one of Brigham’s sons, took the wagon on a missionary trip to the Hopi villages under the direction of Jacob Hamblin.

   David King Udall, a Utah pioneer who settled St. Johns, Arizona, wrote the following history of Brigham Young’s wagon.

  When John W. Young made the trip to the Moenkopi Indian Village in northern Arizona, he drove the very same wagon in which his father was riding when he first viewed the Salt Lake Valley and uttered the prophetic words, “This is the place”[Authors note: This is not correct. Brigham Young was sick and was in the back of Wilford Woodruff’s carriage when he first viewed the valley and uttered the famous words. Obviously, Brigham Young did have a wagon, and it’s this wagon that we are talking about, however, Green Flake drove that wagon into the Valley due to Brigham’s illness]. John W. later drove this wagon to Apache County and abandoned it at the Windmill Ranch, belonging to Ammon Tenney, about twenty-five miles northeast of St. Johns, considering it as an old worn-out wagon.

   During my first year in St. Johns (1880) I learned of the whereabouts and history of this wagon, and that it was in danger of  being dismantled and carried away by passing Indians. I hired a man to go out with a team of oxen and bring this wagon to St. Johns. We built a shed for it on the tithing lot where it was stored.

   In 1897, the year of the Golden Jubilee of the Church, a call was sent out for all pioneer relics to be sent to the Church headquarters. I notified them that this old historic wagon was in St Johns, Arizona. The committee sent $10.00 to cover the cost of crating the wagon, and Elijah M. Freeman, one of the first pioneers, hauled it over to the railroad at Navajo Station from where it was shipped to Salt Lake City.

Lesson Committee, Museum Memories (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 2009), 15-16.

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