Friday, November 27, 2015

Arrested for Spying

While serving as the European Mission President, Hyrum Mack Smith (son of Joseph F. Smith) was arrested by the Germans for spying for whom?
a.                  The Mormons
b.                  The French
c.                   The British
d.                  The Americans
Yesterday’s answer:
a.      The early missionaries that served in Hawaii
President David O. McKay in company with Hugh J. Cannon related the following incident which occurred on a trip to the Hawaiian Islands in 1921. President McKay is reminiscing on this situation that had happened thirty-four years earlier:
So we came up here, and this is where I was [pointing to a spot where a pepper tree had been], and as we looked at an old frame house that stood there then, he said, “That is probably the old chapel.” It seemed to me it was over in the distance. Nothing else was here. We said “Well, probably that is the place. We are probably standing on the spot upon which your father, Gorge Q. Cannon, and Judge Napela addressed those people.” We became very much impressed with the surroundings, association, and spiritual significance of the occasion; as we had been also with the manifestations we had had on our trip to the Orient and thus far in Hawaii. I said, “I think we should have a word of prayer”. . . .
I offered the prayer. We all had our eyes closed, and it was a very inspirational gathering. As we started to walk away at the conclusion of the prayer, Brother Keola Kailimai took Brother E. Wesley Smith to the side and very earnestly began talking to him in Hawaiian. As we walked along, the rest of us dropped back. They continued walking, and Brother Kailimai very seriously told in Hawaiian what he had seen during the prayer. They stopped right over there [pointing a short distance away] and Brother E. Wesley Smith said, “Brother McKay, do you know what Brother Kailimai had told me?” I answered, “No.” “Brother Kailimai said that while you were praying, and we all had our eyes closed, he saw two men who he thought were Hugh J. Cannon and E. Wesley Smith step out of the line in front of us and shake hands with someone, and he wondered why Brother Cannon and Brother Smith were shaking hands while we were praying. He opened his eyes and there stood those two men still in line, with their eyes closed just as they had been. He quickly closed his eyes because he knew he had seen a vision.”
“Now Brother Hugh J. Cannon greatly resembled Brother George Q. Cannon, his father, I spoke during the trip of his resemblance. Of course, E. Wesley Smith had the Smith attribute just as President Joseph Fielding Smith had it. Naturally, Brother Keola Kailimai would think that these two men were there. I said, “I think it was George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, two former missionaries to Hawaii, whom that spiritual-minded man saw.”
We walked a few steps farther and I said, “Brother Kailimai, I don’t understand the significance of your vision, but I do know that the veil between us and those former missionaries was very thin.” Brother Hugh J. Cannon who was by my side, with tears rolling down his cheeks, said “Brother McKay, there was no veil.”

David O. McKay, Cherished Experiences. Rev. and enl Compiled by Clare Middlemiss (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1976), 115-116.

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