Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Naming of Independence Rock

Independence Rock
Landmarks were required on the Mormon Trail to let the Saints know they were pursuing the correct course. One such landmark was Independence Rock. How did the rock receive its name?
a.                  Brigham Young stated that it was independent of any other landmark on the trail
b.                  Porter Rockwell stated that the rock was as independent as he was
c.                   The rock was visited by early settlers on the 4th of July
d.                  John Taylor stated that the rock was not dependent on God’s moisture to keep it vibrant the way the prairie grass was dependent on rain
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   To pray for his dying wife
Benjamin Harrison asks LDS Leaders for their prayers on behalf of his ill and dying wife, Caroline. “Who even heard,” President Woodruff wrote in his diary, “of such a thing in this generation as President of the United States asking their [the First Presidency’s] prayers for himself and wife? May God grant it.” The Mormon leaders obliged, but Carrie Harrison died on 25 October.

Susan Staker ed., Waiting for World’s End: The Diaries of Wilford Woodruff (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1993).

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