Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pretending to be Mormon

When non-member William Manly and his friends were traveling to Utah on their way to the gold fields of California, they pretended to be Mormons, why?
a.      So the Indians wouldn’t kill them
b.      So the Mormons wouldn’t kill them
c.       To qualify for food at the tithing yard
d.      To get food from the Saints by going door to door
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   On the River boat
The following from the life of Elizabeth Beardall Mower:   While they were in Council Bluffs, her brother and sister came down with the measles and were quite sick for a few days.
   As soon as the children were well enough to travel, her parents made preparations to begin their journey across the plains. Elizabeth went with her father down to the boat with their baggage, where they engaged passage across the Missouri River down to Florence, Nebraska for his family. On the way he stopped at the store and brought bread, cheese, crackers and milk for lunch. He put her on the boat to take care of the lunch and baggage, and hurried back to their room for his wife and children. Before they arrived, the boat pulled out, taking their little daughter and all their belongings. Elizabeth began to cry. A kind lady by the name of Mrs. Rowley took her with her family and comforted her as best she could. For two long weeks she was separated from her parents. Each night she cried herself to sleep. She was afraid she would never see them again. Her parents were nearly frantic with fear that something terrible might happen to her. After two weeks had passed, the captain of the company announced in the morning that they would not move the camp that day, but would repair their wagons. That afternoon, as Elizabeth was playing with the children, she saw a man in the distance coming toward them. She looked more closely and could see that it was her father. She ran to him. He clasped her in his arms, and they both cried for joy. Imaging the happiness of that little family that night to be reunited again.    

Biography of Elizabeth Beardall Mower, Written by her daughter Ella M. Cragun, Permission granted by Julie Davies Hillman (Great-great-maternal granddaughter of Elizabeth Beardall Mower)

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