The Saints had the ability to prove stuff could be done when others thought otherwise. Mountain man, Jim Bridger, offered $1000 for the 1st bushel of corn grown in the Salt Lake Valley. Well, guess what? (And no, I’ve never read where Bridger paid up) The Cardston Saints experienced much of the same doubt when they first settled the Lee’s Creek area of Southern Alberta. What did those in the “know” state they could never do?
a. Settle a town
b. Build a Temple
c. Grow apples
d. Grow wheat
b. Upside down
In the early nineties [1890’s] he [John Woolf III] was called by John W. Taylor to build and keep a hotel for the accommodation of the many travelers who passed that way and to teach and explain the principles of Mormonism to the many who came and inquired. In this capacity, for many years he enjoyed the opportunity to teach and expound the gospel of Jesus Christ.
One of the early travelers wrote of him as follows: “I stayed overnight with John A. Woolf. He explained to me the religious beliefs of his people. He knew his Bible well and had me at a disadvantage because I didn’t know the good book so well in those days. He quoted passages from it to show me where the Mormons had derived their authority of many of their teachings. It gave me a new insight into the matter, and I’ll tell you this, anyone who wants to discuss religion with the Mormons needs to know his scriptures backwards and upside down as well as forward.”
Chronicles of Courage, comp. by Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1992), 3:376.