Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Priceless Import

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When Adam Smyth and his wife Emily entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1864, their worldly goods consisted of clothing, ten cents, and a cup with a hole in it. What would Adam later import across the plains by ox team?

a.      An organ

b.      Logan’s first toilet

c.       Logan’s first washing machine

d.      A piano

Yesterday’s answer:

B.   An apple core

Still other stories tell of both parents and children attempting to show love and affection for each other in ways made more difficult by life on the trail. When a little girl lost her “precious doll that she had taken care of since her family had been forced to leave Nauvoo,” she was heartbroken. Her mother, “sad to see her daughter so sad, . . . made a new doll with a face made out of an apple core and a dress made of an old rag.” Another girl, wishing to give her mother a birthday gift but having no means to do so, “would pick the flowers that she thought were prettiest along the way and dry them somehow. When they finally reached the valley, she had a lot of flowers. She pressed them in a glass frame and gave them to her mother for a birthday present.”

Nearly Everything Imaginable, Walker, Ronald W., Doris R. Dant ed., (Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1999), 489.

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