Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Baptized Before the Others

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Wilford Woodruff and the signers of the Constitution

Wilford Woodruff performed the baptism for the dead for the founding fathers of the United States of America including the signers of the Declaration of Independence in the St. George temple. One such signer, Samuel Huntington was baptized previously for the dead. Where did this ordinance take place?

A)                 The Mississippi River at Nauvoo, Illinois

B)                 City Creek in Salt Lake City

C)                 The Missouri River at Winter Quarters

D)                 The Chardon River at Kirtland, Ohio

Yesterday’s answer:

(A) He decided what each ward member should pay.

The Bishop of the Draper Ward was very ambitious to have his ward members make a good record in tithe paying. One year he looked the ward over and decided what he thought each member should pay. When Lauritz (Lauritz Smith) received his assignment he felt that it would be impossible for him to meet the Bishop’s estimate. He had no fuel to use at the forge . . . he worried about his tithing payment, he prayed about it, he thought about it, for weeks. One night, while in a wakeful mood, there appeared before him a spot of stumps. A voice out of the night said to him, ‘have you seen those mahogany stumps?’ he understood both the vision he saw and the words he heard. Before daybreak the next morning Lauritz was rapping at the door of Henry Day, a Counselor in the Bishopric. He said, ‘I would like to get your wagon and mules for the day.’ Brother Day inquired, ‘What are you going to do with them?’ ‘I am going up Little Cottonwood Canyon after some mahogany stumps,’ was the reply. ‘There are no mahogany stumps in Little Cotton wood Canyon,’ responded Brother Day. ‘Yes, the Lord showed them to me last night. I know right where they are,’ said the blacksmith.

The mules were soon hitched to the wagon and the immigrant was off on his journey. And there, true to the vision and the voice, lay a south sloping surface covered with mahogany stumps. It appeared that some early trappers had spent a winter on that hillside, and they had stripped the mahogany of their boughs for their beds and the dead mahogany stumps were standing. Worms and ants had eaten their roots so they were easily chopped down. He soon had a load of them and by nightfall was back home. He built a kiln and made charcoal from mahogany wood. Years before, while a journeyman blacksmith in Germany, a blacksmith had taught him how to make charcoal. He went to work at his forge and soon had a load of much needed log chains, slips and wedges, neck yokes, single trees, double trees, etc. Again he called on his close friend, Henry Day, for the mules and wagon to transport these materials to the old tithing office in Salt Lake City, where the Hotel Utah later stood. Edward Hunter, the Presiding Bishop looked the load over and said, ‘You have much more than necessary to pay your tithing. Half this load will do that. And now we’d like to buy the other half.’ He was paid in much needed dried meat, beans, flour, vegetables, etc. These commodities enabled him and his family to live, as he often said, far better than at any time since coming to Utah.”

Peace Like A River, The Historical and Spiritual Journey of The Isaac M. Stewart Family, Compiled and Edited By David H. Epperson (Salt Lake City, 2007), 49.

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