Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Mutual Arrangement

What did pioneer Oscar Middleton Mower and his father agree to share?
a.                   The only pair of pants the two of them owned
b.                  Their oxen
c.                   Their pew in the Nauvoo Temple
d.                  Their scriptures
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   His son
From the life of Brigham Young Jr.:   When the Saints were driven out of Nauvoo after the awful struggles and throes of anguish which accompanied and followed the assassination of the Prophet and Patriarch, Pres. Brigham Young led the crowd of stricken Saints that terrible day in February, across the river to a place of greater safety, yet of such barren distress as surely had been rarely witnessed on this earth. The boy Brigham (Jr) was off at play in Knight’s mill with two companions when his mother and the rest of the children were taken across the ferry. Returning in the afternoon he found the house open, furniture left standing, yet over the whole brooded the solemn silence of desertion. With the swiftness of despair he flew down to the river; a boat, the last one for the night, was just pulling away from the shore. It was loaded to the guards with wretched men, women and children. The boy saw a barrel in the bow of the boat which would serve him as a seat; without an instant’s hesitation he jumped into the boat and sprang upon the barrel. Arrived on the opposite shore, such a scene of misery and desolation met his gaze as will never be forgotten; dogs, chickens, cows and pigs ran bellowing and grunting in every direction, men, women and children by the thousands ran hither and thither in the utmost confusion, wagons were scattered about, here and was one hitched up, the driver cracking his whip and pushing recklessly through the crowd; babies screaming for their mothers, and mothers calling piteously for lost babies and children. Weeping and groaning sick ones lay here and there, while anxiety was in every heart. The boy hunted vainly and long for his lost family. No one had time or heart to devote to the little waif, there were too many of the same kind everywhere. A yoke of oxen had been drowned in the river: one was recovered, and some men tore off the hide and told the people that anyone who lacked provision was welcomed to use the meat thus obtained. The lonely, hungry boy with others seized this chance as a special providence to themselves, and for three days they lived on this uninviting food. At last Brigham heard of his father and mother at Sugar Creek, ten miles farther west; and so he tramped the distance, and at last he found and was found by parents and friends.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901), 122-123.

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