Sunday, November 22, 2015

They Couldn’t Do It

Anson Call
When Mexican rebels kidnapped Bishop Anson Call, what couldn’t they do?
a.      Accept his teachings of the gospel
b.      Accept the fact that Mormons are a peaceful people
c.       Take his life
d.      Take the tithing money he had on him
Yesterday’s answer:
a.      Their guns
In November of 1838, Parley P. Pratt, along with many other leading men in the Church were confined to prisons in Missouri. On one occasion, as Parley was being transported to another prison he records the following:
At night, having crossed the Missouri River, we put up at a private house. Here our guards all got drunk, and went to bed and to sleep, leaving us their pistols to defend ourselves in case of any attack from without, as we were in a very hostile neighborhood.
Somewhat ironic that the prisoners would be in control of the guns with the guards sleeping.

Scot Facer Proctor and Maurine Jensen Proctor, The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 2000), 246.

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