Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Algernon Sidney Gilbert’s Call to Preach the Gospel

Algernon Sidney Gilbert
During the dark Missouri years of the Church, Algernon Gilbert was called to serve a mission, however, he chose not to serve stating what as his reason?
a.                  Too poor
b.                  Too new in the Church
c.                   He would rather die than preach the gospel
d.                  He would rather fight Missourians than preach the gospel
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   21 hours
Wednesday, 30 Mar. 1836: A remarkable meeting takes place in the Kirtland Temple attended by some 300 priesthood leaders. It lasts from 8:00 A.M. that day until 5:00 A.M. the next morning—21 hours in all. Activities include special instructions from the Prophet Joseph Smith, the washing of the feet of the Twelve by the First Presidency, administration of the sacrament, review of priesthood duties and operations, a challenge to go forth in devoted service, and many marvelous spiritual manifestations for those brethren who remain throughout the night. The Prophet observes, “So shall this day be numbered and celebrated as a year of jubilee and time of rejoicing to the Saints of the Most High God.” It should be noted that he spiritual character of this meeting, and not necessarily its length, should most be emulated!

History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., ed. by B.H. Roberts (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932), 2:430-33.

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