Sunday, March 29, 2015

The “What to Bring List”

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When both of my sons and one of my daughters were called on their missions they were given an extensive list of what to bring. The Bishop also had in mind how much money they needed to have in their bank account before the process of the call could begin. The question might be asked, what items were on the list of what to bring for the original members of the Twelve at the time Jesus sent them out two by two and how much money were they required to take?

A)                 Two coats, and a one month supply of money
B)                 One coat, a staff, a good pair of sandals, no scrip (this does not refer to scriptures, but rather a bag that carried food), no bread, and no money
C)                 Two coats, six wraps, their own transportation (in this case a donkey), scrip, and a one week supply of money
D)                 They were to take whatever they felt was necessary to complete their mission

Yesterday’s answer:
(B)  Because he was blessed with the gift of healing.
Joshua Beynon Stewart’s Patriarchal Blessing describes his possession of the gifts of healing and discernment, and he was called by scores to administer to the sick. His son, Adiel, recounts: “Father was doctor in the home. He administered to us.” A member of Joshua’s Sunday School class, Sarah Cornick, was in a coma from scarlet fever. He took his class and administered to her in her home. He told her to get up. She sat up and came to church the following Sunday. Joshua also reportedly brought back to life a man who had died.
In 1913 a weevil was destroying alfalfa crops in the state. In a matter of hours, forty to fifty acres could be destroyed. One Sunday, Adiel and his dad were walking out in the fields irrigation and observed that a weevil had started in infest their crop. Joshua leaned on his shove, and surveyed the situation. Turning to Adiel, he said: “Take off your hat Adiel.” Adiel described what followed:
“He then talked to the Lord. He told him that he had two boys on missions and the weevils had to stop. He then went about his irrigation. There was a clear line between his crops where the weevil stopped and those of his neighbors, where the weevil continued.”
In late August 1913, a similar experience occurred. Joshua’s farm was mortgaged and he had two boys on missions. Thirty to forty acres were in potatoes, and they were no bigger than buttons. He talked to the Lord and explained his plight. By September 5th the potatoes had reached full growth; all within ten days. He received the highest price paid on potatoes that year as his were the first potatoes harvested. In fact, it was the best crop of potatoes the Stewart’s ever harvested.
Peace Like A River, The Historical and Spiritual Journey of The Isaac M. Stewart Family, Compiled and Edited By David H. Epperson (Salt Lake City, 2007), 126.

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