Saturday, May 16, 2015

It Was a Lie

In 1888, when Andrew Jenson and Joseph Black interviewed James Ford, the sheriff of the Liberty Jail, James stated that what was a lie?
a.                  That the prisoners were permitted to escape
b.                  That Joseph Smith received revelations while in the jail
c.                   That Joseph and the others were never at Liberty Jail
d.                  That the prisoners were fed human flesh
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   Joseph Smith Jr.
A man of great integrity, Joseph asked Thomas Colburn in the spring of 1843 if he could borrow $100 to pay the lawyer who had defended falsely accused Porter Rockwell. Said Joseph of the money, “This shall be returned within three days, if I am alive.”
   After Joseph left, Colburn’s sister said to him, “Don’t you know, Thomas, you will never see a cent of the money again. Here are your family without a home, and you throw your money away.”
   “The day came with it was to be paid-a cold, wet, rainy day. The day passed. Night came- 9 o’ clock, 10 o’ clock, and we all retired for the night. Shortly after there was a knock at the door,” recorded Colburn’s daughter. “Father arose and went to it, and there in the driving rain stood the Prophet Joseph” with the money in gold. He said, “Brother Thomas, I have been trying all day to raise this sum, for my honor was at stake. God bless you.”

Young Woman’s Journal, December 1906, 539; Scot Facer Proctor, Witness of the Light (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1991), 184.

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