a. A Presbyterian minister
c. Members of the Jackson County mob
d. The States Governor
a. He wasn’t there, he was less active
Eli H. Peirce records his feelings of a mission call he received, he writes: “On the fifth day of October, 1875, at the Semi-annual Conference . . . I was called to perform a mission to the United States. Just why my name was suggested as a candidate for this mission, and presented at conference for approval or rejection by the people, I cannot say. My mind prior to that time had been entirely given up to temporalities. I had never read to exceed a dozen chapters of the Bible in my life, and little more than that from either the Book of Mormon or Doctrine and Covenants. . . . One of my fellow employees was at the conference; I was not, because I did not care to be. He heard my name called, abruptly left the meeting and ran over to the telegraph office to call and tell me the startling news. . . As soon as I had been informed of what had taken place, I threw the novel in the waste basket, the pipe in a corner. . . . Have never read a novel nor smoked a pipe from that hour. . . . Remarkable as it may seem. . . . a thought of disregarding the call, or of refusing to comply with the requirement, never once entered my mind. . . . I was rebaptized, confirmed, set apart, ordained a Seventy and started on my mission, all within a month from the time I was called. Went direct to New York City.”
Eli Peirce served three missions in all: “Recapulation: Baptisms, 108; ordinations, 11; children blessed, 37; branches organized, 5; branches re-organized, 1; marriages,
1; meetings held, 249; miles traveled, 9870; total cost, $1320.”
Eliza R. Snow, Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1884), 407-409, 421.