Thursday, December 4, 2014

Making it Known

I remember earlier in my life when, on two separate occasions, I was sitting in Priesthood opening exercises and heard the names of those excommunicated from the Church read over the pulpit. On the first occasion, the individual’s name that was read was not present, however, on the second instance, that person was in attendance. I was just home from my mission and my heart cried out for him, thinking what a difficult situation it was for him to be present as his name was read. To me, I felt like it wasn’t my business to know or anyone else that did not have anything to do with the situation. It wasn’t long after this that a stop was put to announcing excommunicated member’s names over the pulpit.  How was this communicated during pioneer times?

a.      The same way, over the pulpit

b.      Over the radio

c.       In the newspaper

d.      It wasn’t, it was no ones business

Yesterday’s answer:

b.   His strength faded

From the life of Amasa Mason Lyman:   His earthly wealth at the at time consisted of some sixteen pounds of half-worn clothing and $11.35 in money .The weariness consequent upon the first day’s walking admonished him to travel by stage and canal to Lyons, Wayne county, N.Y. Arriving there, his funds were all gone, and he hired out to Mr. Thomas Lacky, the man who bought Martin Harris’ farm when he sold it to raise money for printing the Book of Mormon. Bro. Lyman worked for this man two weeks and earned money to take him to Buffalo, when he took steamer to Cleveland, Ohio, and from there he walked 45 miles to the residence of John Johnson, at Hiram, Portage county, Ohio. This was the place where Joseph Smith had been tarred and feathered a short time previous. Father Johnson and family received young Lyman kindly, and he remained with them until the following July, when the Prophet returned from Missouri. “This,” writes Eder Lyman, “afforded me an opportunity to see the man of God. Of the impressions produced I will here say, although there was nothing strange or different from other men in his personal appearance, yet, when he grasped my hand in that cordial way (known to those who have  met him in the honest simplicity of truth), I felt as one of old in the presence of the Lord; my strength seemed to be gone, so that it required an effort on my part to stand on my feet; but in all this there was no fear, but the serenity and peace of heaven pervaded my soul, and the still small voice of the spirit whispered its living testimony in the depths of my soul, where it has ever remained, that he was the Man of God.”

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901), 96-97.

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