The oxen in the original Nauvoo temple were carved from stone except for the horns and ears. What were they made of?
b. An Indian
In the summer of 1830, Phineas Young traveled to Earnestown, Upper Canada, in company with his brother Joseph, who regularly preached Methodism there. Phineas had previously (in April) met Samuel Smith, brother of Joseph Smith, and obtained a copy of the Book of Mormon from him. He read it twice and said he “felt a conviction that the book was true.” While enroute to Canada, Phineas and Joseph Young met and impressed upon Phineas that it was necessary for him to leave the Methodist Church and be baptized into the Mormon Church so that he could obtain the true Priesthood. Phineas said, “I began to inquire seriously into the matter, and soon became convinced that such an order of things was necessary for the salvation of the world.”
After arriving in Canada, Phineas tried to preach Methodism, “but could think of little except the Book of Mormon and what he had heard of Mormonism.” With little enthusiasm for preaching Methodism, Phineas soon determined to return to his home in Mendon, New York. On his way he attended a quarterly meeting held by the Episcopal Methodists in Kingston, Upper Canada (now Ontario), at the close of their annual conference. Just after this meeting in Kingston, the first known testimony of the Restored Church and its gospel was given to Canada.
Of this experience, Phineas Young wrote:
“At the close of the meeting an Indian gave an appointment to preach in the British Chapel at early candlelight. I determined to go, for the Book of Mormon and the Lamanites were before me continually. As soon as the candles were lit, I was in my seat near the desk. The preacher was there and soon commenced. I listened with great interest while he set forth the traditions of his fathers in a masterly way, and made many statements corroboration the truth of the Book of Mormon.
“After the meeting I went to my hotel, where the most of the members of the conference assembled for the night. I think Bishops Heading and Georg were present. After all were seated in two large rooms, I took my place at the door between the two rooms, and calling the attention of the people, I asked them if any one present had ever read the Book of Mormon? I paused for an answer, and after a short pause a gentleman said that he had never seen or heard of such a work. I then said the book was called by some the Golden Bible.
“This seemed to take the attention of the whole assembly, consisting of more than one hundred. A gentleman requested me in behalf of the people present, to give them some account of the book. I commenced by telling them that it was a revelation from God, translated from the Reformed Egyptian language by Joseph Smith, jun., by the gift and power of God, and gave a full account of the aborigines of our country, and gave a full account of the aborigines of our country, and agreed with many of their traditions, of which we had been hearing this evening, and that it was destined to overthrow all false religions, and finally to bring in the peaceful reign of the Messiah.
“I had forgotten everything but my subject, until I had talked for a long time and told many things I had never thought of before. I bore a powerful testimony to the work, and thus closed my remarks and went to bed, not to sleep, but to ponder with astonishment at what I had said, and to wonder with amazement at the power that seemed to compel me thus to speak.”
Phineas returned to Mendon, New York, where he continued to preach “trying to tie Mormonism to Methodism”, for more than a year. Then he realized that the two theologies “had no connection and could not be united.”
About this time his brother, Brigham, who was investigating Mormonism, visited him. They determined to visit some Mormons. Accordingly, on January 20, 1832, they started for Columbia, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where they spent several days with Latter-day Saints and became more convinced of the truth of Mormonism. Brigham Young was so thrilled with what he found that after returning home, he proceeded to Kingston, Upper Canada, to present the claims of Mormonism to his brother, Joseph Young, who was still there preaching Methodism. Brigham, though yet unbaptized in to the Mormon Church, must have made quite an impression on his brother. Of this occasion, Brigham said, “after finding my brother, Joseph and explaining to him what I had learned of the Gospel in its purity, his heart rejoiced and he returned home with me, where we arrived in March.
A History of the Mormon Church in Canada (Lethbridge, Alberta: The Lethbridge Herald Co., 1968), 1-3.