Sunday, June 21, 2015

Giving their Shoes a Name

Manti in the early years of the Saints in Utah had a good Danish population. What were their wooden shoes referred to among the pioneers?
A)                 Woodies
B)                 Clogs
C)                 Sleds
D)                 All of the above

Yesterday’s answer:
(C) A higher education
The following is in reference to Emmeline B. Wells joining the Church while living with her mother at Petersham, Massachusetts:
On March 1, 1842, when a little group of Latter-day Saints was assembled to perform the ordinance of baptism on her mother’s own ground, zealous friends sent messengers down to ask her if she was sure she was acting of her own free will and choice, otherwise they would take her by force, and she should never lack for means of a higher education; but if she accepted the Mormon faith and gathered at Nauvoo, she must renounce not only her friends but also all the advantages of literary culture she had so ardently hoped to attain, and be forever disgraced.
Not knowing but that it was true that her hopes for further advancement must be resigned, she laid them on the altar of her faith, willing to yield up her future entirely to the will and care of the Creator. Some power, potent indeed, buoyed her up as she went through this trying ordeal. Though her delicate nerves were somewhat shaken, yet she told her mother and friends what proved true afterwards, that the crisis was past. She had renounced all she had before looked foreward to; henceforth, she desired to dedicate herself entirely to the work in which she was enlisted.
What’s interesting is that she did become assistant editor of the Woman’s Exponent in 1874 and became the editor in 1877.
Mrs. Wells went to Washington as a delegate from the women of Utah in January 1879, to attend the convention of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association. While there she had the opportunity of speaking before committees of the House and senate and had an audience with President Hayes and several of the leading men of the nation on the Mormon question. They also prepared a memorial to Congress and succeeded in getting it presented.
The Lord moves in mysterious ways. Something tells me this might not have happened if she turned her back on what she knew to be true.
Additional Information:

Emmeline B. Wells received an honorary Doctor of Literature in 1912.

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