Friday, February 12, 2016

Posting the Prophet’s Bail

There were times when Joseph Smith was arrested and placed into jail. Who usually posted his bail?
a.                  Willard Richards
b.                  John Benbow
c.                   John Tanner
d.                  Brigham Young
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Obtaining money for Zion’s Camp prophecy
The Ohio Saints were desirous to help the members of the Church in Jackson County, Missouri. Many of them heeded the Prophets call to form Zion’s Camp, nevertheless, there were many who were unsure of such a trip due to the lack of money. Wilford Woodruff, a convert of four months, recorded: “He [Joseph] said . . . ‘Brethren, don’t be discouraged about our not having means. The Lord will provide, and He will put it into the heart of somebody to send me some money.’ The very next day he received a letter from Sister Vose, containing one hundred and fifty dollars. When he opened the letter and took out the money, he held it up and exclaimed: ‘See here, did I not tell you the Lord would send me some money to help us on our journey? Here it is.’ I felt satisfied that Joseph was Prophet of God in very deed.”

Matthias F. Cowley, Wilford Woodruff: History of His Life and Labors (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1979), 39.

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