Monday, October 10, 2016

Silencing the Sign Seeker

How do you silence a sign seeker? Joseph Smith found a way. What choice did Joseph give the sign seeker?
a.                  Have God burn his house
b.                  Have God take all his money
c.                   Have God make him blind
d.                  Have God baptize him a Mormon
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   A sailor accused Brigham Jr. of being a Jonah and was going to throw him overboard
From the life of Brigham Young Jr.:   In crossing the Atlantic a fearful storm came up. Part of the ship’s rigging was blown away, one man was washed overboard, and the vessel came near going to the bottom. Elder Young and a sister who emigrated to Utah were the only Latter-day Saints on board. While the storm was raging, a big burly Irishman, a sort of a religious crank, ascribed the cause of the storm to the fact that there was a Jonah on board in the shape of a “Mormon” Elder. He made a terrible fuss and insisted that Elder Young should be thrown overboard, in order to save the ship from destruction. At last the captain had to interfere and compel the Irishman to hold his peace.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901), 125.

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