Tuesday, June 16, 2015

And We Take it For Granted

What was one of Mosiah Hancock’s prized possessions at the time he was seven-years-old?

A)     His first rifle
B)     His Sunday shoes
C)     His pet dog
D)     The first Book of Mormon given to him

Yesterday’s answer:
(A) His heart
The following was Kane’s last words to the Saints:
I request you to receive my heart for deposit in your Salt Lake City Temple that after death it may repose where in metaphor at least it was when living.
Thomas L. Kane to “My dear friends,” September 1850, Kane Collection, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
Additional interesting information:
There has always been some speculation as whether Colonel Kane was or was not baptized a member of the Church. Truth be told he had received baptism from the hands of the Mormon Elders in 1846 while residing with the Church at Winter Quarters. His baptism was not for the remission of sins though, only for healing as he was dying of Malaria at the time. You must remember that in the early church, baptism for healing was a common occurrence.
David J. Whittaker, “New Sources on Old Friends: The Thomas L. Kane and Elizabeth W. Kane Collection,” Journal of Mormon History 27 (Spring 2001), 67-94

Most people are entitled to one patriarchal blessing in a life time. The question can be asked, how many patriarchal blessings did the non-member Thomas L. Kane receive? From the following it appears to be two:
   Years later, while in St. George with Brigham Young in 1873, William G. Perkins, the local patriarch, pronounced another blessing on Thomas Kane, at the same time, Thomas’s wife, Elizabeth Wood Kane, received her own blessing. She remained skeptical about Mormonism and recorded in her journal her thoughts about the blessings: “The blessing was somewhat prophetical, and so far as it was did not coincide with one given K. long ago by the old patriarch John Smith, which has been curiously fulfilled so far, strange to say.”

David J. Whittaker, “My Dear Friend,” BYU Studies, Volume 48, Number 4, 2009, 201; Elizabeth Kane, St. George Journal, February 11, 1873, Kane Collection, Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.

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