I almost drowned when I was twelve. Because of that experience I’m not a big fan of water (yes, I do shower). It is said that early Salt Lake resident, Joshua Midgley wouldn’t get into the row boats at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, why?
a. Rowing gave him blisters
b. Because of memories of the turbulent ship ride across the Atlantic ocean
c. Because of the memory of the freezing cold water at his baptism
d. Because he didn’t know how to swim
(D) A coat
The following about the life of Evan Stephens, born June 29, 1854: A visit to Salt Lake City for the purpose of attending conference enabled Evan to hear the great organ and the Tabernacle Choir and to witness a concert in the 15th Ward under the direction of Thomas C. Griggs. It also helped him to become acquainted with the tithing yard as a camping ground for the public. It was many years before he sought any other stopping place in Salt Lake City.
Of that same visit, Evan said, “It was during this visit that I entered the Tabernacle in true country style, minus coat. When under the shadow of the great organ, I was asked to return to my hotel and don that article which was, even then in Salt Lake City, deemed essential on such an occasion.”
Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Salt Lake City: Lesson Committee, 1993), V4:299-300.