On the occasion when many of the Saints were sick on the banks of the Mississippi River at what was then Commerce, Illinois, the Prophet and some of his Apostles healed many. At the end of the day, a man asked the Prophet if he could come to his place and heal his children. Joseph Smith was not able to go, but rather gave Wilford Woodruff his handkerchief and told him to touch the sick with the handkerchief and the sick would be healed. Joseph was not making this up, but rather learned it by reading about what ancient apostle?
a. They had never shed the blood of a white man
Henry Bigler’s journal: When we reached the Gila River, we were met by Pima Indians who came out by hundreds—men, women, and children. The Chief seemed pleased to see us. He said Mexicans had been to see him and wanted him and his men to join them and give us battle, promising him and his men all the spoils. But he told them his men should not fight. They had never shed the blood of a white man, and for that reason he was not afraid of the coming army and did not believe we would hurt them and had no objections to our passing through their towns.
Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Salt Lake City: Lesson Committee, 1993), V4:196.