Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Beginning of the End in Missouri

Mary and Caroline Rollins saving revelations from the mob

July 20, 1833 was an ugly day in the history of the Church. It was on this day that the printing establishment of W. W. Phelps was broken into by an Independence, Missouri mob and vandalized. Many of the revelations for the Book of Commandments were in the publishing stage. A number of these revelations were thrown into the street by the fury intoxicated mob. Amazingly two girls, Mary and Caroline Rollins risked their lives to rescue the revelations and were successful in saving a number of them. However, there was one other individual that we don’t often hear about when this story is shared. Who was the individual?

a.      Brigham Young

b.      William Smith

c.       John Taylor

d.      Parley P. Pratt

Yesterday’s answer:

b.   Samuel Smith

It’s common knowledge that Joseph used Emma, Martin Harris, and Oliver Cowdery as scribes, and one other individual. A man named Reuben Hale, Emma’s brother, wrote a little for him.

History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ed. B.H. Roberts, 7 vols. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1978), 1:28.

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