Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Tidbits—On the Trail

1. It was common for mothers to name their new born babies after landmarks on the Mormon Trail (Even at sea. I point out in “Unique Stories and Facts From LDS History,” that two baby girls born on the ship “Brooklyn,” which carried Saints from New York City to California were named Atlantic and Pacific). What did Eliza Marie Lyman name her new born son?

A) Cliff (in reference to the bluffs at Scottsbluff, Nebraska)

B) Platte (in reference to the North Platte River that the Saints followed for a large portion of their journey)

C) Lake (in reference to the Great Salt Lake)

D) Bridger (in reference to Fort Bridger)


2. Let’s try this again. What did Sister Squires, a member of the Martin Handcart Company, name her new born daughter while on the trail to Salt Lake City?

A) Cheyenne (After the Cheyenne Indians)

B) Bridget (After Fort Bridger)

C) Prairie Dawn (After the beautiful sunrises on the prairies)

D) Echo (After Echo Canyon)


3. What was stolen from James and Martha Hale while crossing the plains?

A) Their daughter

B) Their oxen

C) Their oxen and wagon

D) Their membership records


Yesterday’s answer:

b.   The Spirit world

At Elder Grant’s funeral Heber C. Kimball gave the following account thereof: “I will not stoop to the principle of death. I could weep, but I will not. There is a spirit in me that  rises above that feeling, and it is because Jedediah is not dead. I went to see him one day last week, and he reached out his hand toward me. He could not speak, but he shook hands warmly with me. I laid my hands upon him and blessed him, and asked God to strengthen his lungs that he might be easier; and in two or three minutes he raised himself up and talked for about an hour as busily as he could, telling me what he had seen and what he understood, until I was afraid he would weary himself, when I arose and left him. He said to me: “Brother Heber, I have been into the spirit world two nights in succession, and of all the dreads that ever came across me, the worst was to have to again return to my body, though I had to do it. ‘But oh,’ says he, ‘the order and government that were there. When in the spirit world, I saw the order of righteous men and women; I beheld them organized in their several grades, and there appeared to be no obstructions to my vision; I could see every man and woman in their grade and order. I looked to see if there was any disorder there, but there was none; neither could I see any death, nor any darkness, disorder or confusion.’ He said that the people he saw were organized in family capacities, and when he looked at them, he saw grade after grade, and all were organized and in perfect harmony. He would mention one item after another, and say, ‘Why, it is just as Brother Brigham says it is; it is just as he has told us many a time.’ He saw the righteous gathered together in the spirit world, and there were no wicked spirits among them. He saw his wife Caroline, who was the first person that came to him. He saw many that he knew, but did not have conversation with any but his wife. She came to him, and he said that she looked beautiful and had their little child that died on the plains, in her arms. She said, ‘Mr. Grant, here is little Margaret; you know the wolves ate her up, but it did not hurt her; here she is all right.’ ‘Too my astonishment,’ he said, ‘when I looked at families, there was a deficiency in some; there was a lack, for I saw families that would not be permitted to come and dwell together, because they had not honored their calling here.’ He asked his wife, where Joseph and Hyrum and Father Smith and others were. She replied, ‘They have gone away ahead, to perform and transact business for us.’ He also spoke of the buildings he saw there, remarking that the Lord gave Solomon wisdom and poured gold and silver into his hands, that he might display his skill and ability; and said that the temple erected by Solomon was much inferior to the most ordinary building he saw in the spirit world. ‘In regard to gardens,’ said Brother Grant, ‘I have seen good gardens on this earth, but I never saw any to compare with those that were there. I saw flowers of numerous kinds, and some with fifty or a hundred different colored flowers growing on one stalk.’ We have many kinds of flowers on the earth, and I suppose those very articles came from heaven, or they would not be here.’ Some may marvel at the speaking about these things, for many profess to believe that we have no spiritual existence. But do you not believe that my spirit was organized before it came to my body here? And do you not think there can be houses and gardens, fruit trees and every other good thing there? The spirits of those things are made as well as our spirits, and it follows that they can exist upon the same principles. After speaking of the gardens and the beauty of everything there, Brother Grant said that he felt extremely sorrowful at having to leave so beautiful a place and come back to earth, for he looked upon his body with loathing, but was obliged to enter it again.”

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901), 61-62.

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