Sunday, May 11, 2014

They Couldn’t Wrap their Minds Around It

For the most part, the Church experienced success among the Native American tribes, however, which tribe could not understand the principles of the gospel?

A)                 The Sioux

B)                 The Apache

C)                 The Blackfoot

D)                 The Cree of Canada

Yesterday’s answer:

(C) 84 years

Willard Bean, a former boxer from Utah, and Rebecca, his bride of less than a year, were sent in 1915 to take care of the farm (Joseph Smith Sr. farm) after the former owner moved. They were challenged to preach the gospel and make friends for the Church in that area. They became the first Latter-day Saints to live in Manchester in eighty-four years. Their call is equally as interesting. Brother Bean and Rebecca attended a conference in Richfield, Utah, presided over by President Joseph F. Smith. President Smith was looking for the right man to represent the Church and run the Joseph Smith farm in Manchester, New York. President Smith later said that when Willard walked in, “The impression was so strong-it was just like a voice said to me, ‘There’s your man.’”

   Despite severe anti-Mormon prejudice, the Beans persevered and eventually won the respect of the people in the nearby village of Palmyra. Willard was instrumental in helping the church purchase several other important historical sites in the area. What was expected to be “five years or more” of service in Palmyra turned out to be twenty-five. When the Beans returned to Salt Lake City, they were grandparents.

Willard Bean: Palmyra’s Fighting Parson, Ensign, June 1985, pg. 26-27.

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