Saturday, February 27, 2016

Pioneer Home Remedies

What did William Clayton say he did to get some relief from sickness while on the trail west?
a.                  Rubbed alcohol on his chest
b.                  Rubbed milk on his chest
c.                   Placed hot salt on his chest
d.                  Rubbed Molasses on his chest
Yesterday’s answer:
a.      Joseph and Oliver were escaping from a trial
The following is related by Addison Everett in a letter to Oliver Huntington on February 17, 1881, at St. George, Utah.
Dear Brother:- In answer to your request, I will state that I heard the following conversation between Joseph and Hyrum Smith in the front of the “Mansion,” (Nauvoo) a few days before they were martyred:
Hyrum was telling Joseph that William Law apostatized because Joseph believed in a plurality of Gods. Joseph said, “Who told him I did? I did not.” Joseph went on and said, “Now, brethren, if you will prepare a good lot of seats on the stand, I will preach you a sermon on the plurality of Gods from the 5th and 6th verses of the 1st Chapter of Revelation.” (He was murdered before he had a chance to preach the sermon.)
In the conversation between Joseph and Hyrum, Oliver Cowdery was spoken of-Joseph said: “Poor boy!” and went on and said that at Colesville, he and Oliver were under arrest on a charge of deceiving the people. When they were at the justice’s house for trial in the evening, all were waiting for Mr. Reid, Joseph’s lawyer. And while waiting the justice asked Joseph some questions, among which was this: “What was the first miracle Jesus performed?” Joseph replied, “He made this world, and what followed we are not told.”
Mr. Reid came in and said he wanted to speak to his clients in private and that the law allowed him that privilege, he believed. The judge pointed to a door to a room in the back part of the house and told them to step in there. As soon as they got into the room, the lawyer said there was a mob outside in front of the house, “and if they get hold of you they will perhaps do you bodily injury; And I think the best way for you to get out of this is to get right out there,” pointing to the window and hoisting it.
They got into the woods in going a few rods from the house-it was night and they traveled through brush and water and mud, fell over logs, etc, until Oliver was exhausted; then Joseph helped him along through the mud and water, almost carrying him. They traveled all night, and just at the break of day Oliver gave out entirely and exclaimed, “O Lord! Brother Joseph, how long have we got to endure this thing?” They sat down on a log to rest and Joseph said that at that very time Peter, James, and John came to them and ordained them to the Apostleship.
They had sixteen or seventeen miles to go to get back to Mr. Hale’s, his father-in-law’s, but Oliver did not complain any more of fatigue.
Now, Brother Huntington, I have told you what I heard Brother Joseph tell, almost the only time I ever heard him talk. It is a source of satisfaction to have seen and heard the Prophet of God.
Yours truly,
Addison Everett.

The Young Woman’s Journal, Nov. 1890, Vol.2, No. 2 p. 75-6

1 comment:

  1. This Addison account seems to be describing events that happened in July, 1830. This seems to contradict the understanding that Joseph and Oliver held the Melchizedek Priesthood before the church was organized in April 1830. However, notice that this account does not speak of the Priesthood being restored, but only says they were "ordained to the Apostleship". A close look at the account in the History of the Church, Vol 1, Page 62 shows that the Melchizedek Priesthood was actually restored in Father Whitmer's home BY REVELATION in June 1829. ( The Lord has revealed in the Second Book of Commandments that a man can receive the Melchizedek Priesthood in this life only if he was foreordained to it as a spirit, and thus he must receive it by a confirming revelation. He already has the Priesthood because he was fore-ordained, but he cannot use it in the flesh without this confirming revelation. D&C 20:60 supports this by declaring that the power of the Holy Ghost must be in the one ordaining.