Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It Didn’t Start as a Hymn

The words to the Hymn, “O Say What is Truth” did not begin as a hymn, but rather these words came from where?
a.                  The scriptures
b.                  A missionary tract
c.                   Found carved inside the Nauvoo temple
d.                  Found carved inside the Salt Lake Temple
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   A mule load of books
The following is a mission experience of Orson Hyde while on a mission with Parley P. Pratt in Canada:
   At one meeting a learned Presbyterian priest came in just at the close, and bade us a challenge for debate. We, at first, declined, saying that we had all the labor we could attend to without debate. But nothing would answer the priest but debate. We then said, debate it should be. Accordingly, time and place were agreed upon, and also the terms and conditions. Before the debate came off, Elder Pratt was called home as a witness in a case at law, and left me to meet the champion alone. The time arrived, and about one acre of people assembled in a grove, wagons arranged for pulpits opposite each other, and presently the priest came with some less than a mule-load of books, pamphlets and newspapers, containing all the slang of an unbelieving world. The meeting was duly opened by prayer. All things being ready, the battle began by a volley of grape and canister from my battery, which was returned with vigor and determined zeal. Alternate cannonading, half hour each, continued until dinner was announced. An armistice was proclaimed, and the parties enjoyed a good dinner with their respective friends.
   After two hours, the forces were again drawn up in battle array. The enemy’s fire soon became less and less spirited, until, at length, under a well directed and murderous fire from the long `eighteens’ with which Zion’s fortress is ever mounted—to wit: the Spirit of God—the enemy raised his hand to heaven and exclaimed, with affected contempt, `Abominable! I have heard enough of such stuff.’ I immediately rejoined, `Gentlemen and ladies, I should consider it highly dishonorable to continue to beat my antagonist after he has cried enough,’ so I waived the subject. The priest did not appear to think half so much of his scurrilous books, pamphlets and newspapers, when he was gathering them up to take away, as when he brought them upon the stand. Their virtue fled like chaff before the wind. About forty persons were baptized into the Church in that place (Scarborough) immediately after the debate. Jenkins was the name of the priest. It is highly probably that he has never since challenged a `Mormon’ preacher for debate.

The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 26 (1864):742-44, 760-61, 774-76, 790-92.

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