Thursday, October 27, 2016

Exercising the Spiritual Gift

When Joseph Smith toured Upper Canada on a short mission, one of the branches he toured desired what gift of the spirit?
a.                  Vision
b.                  Healing
c.                   Speaking in tongues
d.                  Translation of ancient documents
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Two years
They [the Joseph Smith Sr. family] rented a small home in Palmyra, and everyone old enough worked at odd jobs to help secure a livelihood. Joseph, Sr., was a cooper. He set about making the buckets and barrels in demand because of the abundance of maple trees in the area. Wooden containers were needed to store and collect the sap, which was made into sugar and syrup. He also knew enough masonry to case wells, cisterns, and basement walls. One such job came from Martin Harris, a well-to-do farmer, who hired him and his second son, Hyrum, to case a well. Alvin, the oldest son, worked as a carpenter’s helper. Lucy, meanwhile, set up a home business of her own. She painted and sold oilcloth table coverings and made and sold such sundries as gingerbread, pies, boiled eggs, and root beer. She did an especially lively business at public celebrations on the Fourth of July and other holidays. Within two years the family had saved enough to make a down payment on a hundred-acre farm in Farmington (later Manchester) township, a few miles south of Palmyra.

James B. Allen and Glen M. Leonard, The Story of the Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1976), 20.

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