Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Call to Jerusalem

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Orson Hyde Memorial Gardens on the Mt. of Olives
Latter-day Saints are aware of Elder Orson Hyde and his mission to Jerusalem. However, what might not be so familiar is how far in advance did Elder Hyde first learn of this call?

a.      9 years before he left

b.      5 years before he left

c.       Three years before he left

d.      One day before he was expected to go

Yesterday’s answer:

(C)   Their tents

From the journal of Henry Bigler April 14, 1847:   This evening William Garner, one of my messmates, baptized a marine by the name of Beckworth; he belonged to the U.S. Frigate Congress, commanded by Commodore Stockton. This no doubt is the first baptism in California ever performed by an Elder in Israel in this dispensation. By this time we had become very short of everything and no money to buy more, and everything we had in the clothing line was in rags. We were forced to cut up our tents to make shirts and pants and this, too, contrary to the wishes of our Captain.

Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Salt Lake City: Lesson Committee, 1993), V4:205.

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