Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Canada Day!!!

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Even though I was born in the United States, I was raised in Canada. My parents moved from my first home in Bigfork, Montana when I was four years of age to Calgary, Alberta. Sorry, I can’t help myself on July 1st. It’s a part of me as if I was born a Canadian. Anyways, this has nothing to do with today’s question. What did Sarah Leavitt question from what she heard the Church leaders were doing at Nauvoo?
a.                  Not obeying the Word of Wisdom
b.                  Receiving their temple endowments
c.                   Practicing polygamy
d.                  Disbanding the Relief Society
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  The very successful 1837 mission
Again, from the autobiography of Benjamin F. Johnson:
In this way I got home, and found my mother and sister not so sick as myself, and the kind ministrations of friends was then indeed timely. I was very sick, money gone, clothing worn and spoiled. My mother and brothers after so much sickness, were in poor circumstances and resources limited. Now as to the prospect of filling a mission to England, or of marrying, all bottom seemed falling out, for in my sickness and poverty, I felt myself almost a burden to my friends. While staying for a time at Brother John Snyder's, I was treated with great kindness, but grew much worse. While in the chill that now came every day, spasms in my stomach became terrible, resulting in a fearful hemorrhage of the bowels in which I voided apparently a great quantity of blood. The doctor said if the chills came again I would die, and prescribed India cholagogue in double doses, in half the time named in the directions. I pondered the matter, felt it was better for me to die as I was a burden to my friends, had no money to go to England, and I had been sick so long I almost felt a desire to die. But the medicine was got and administered to me by careful hands and loving hearts. Two days passed and the chill and paroxysm did not return, and the hemorrhage ceased. I was soon able to walk and life began to look hopeful again, and soon came Apostles Brigham Young and H. C. Kimball on their way to England. Both had left home sick, were still unfit to travel, and had left their families in great poverty at Nauvoo, but when they saw how sick I was, and without money or suitable clothing they did not urge me to go but left it to my own faith and desire. I much wished to go but was so diffident, had no missionary experience, and fearing they would feel me a burden I had not faith enough to start. They told me to take a mission east as soon as I was able and this I felt determined to do.

Benjamin F. Johnson, My Life's Review (Independence, Missouri: Zion's Printing and Publishing Co., 1947), pp. 7-107.

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