Friday, November 11, 2016

Investing her Inheritance

It is said that at the time of Brigham Young’s death that Charles Card’s wife, Zina Young Card, inherited $30,000. What did she invest her money in?
a.                  The New York Stock Exchange
b.                  The Utah Stock Exchange
c.                   The Hotel Utah
d.                  Cardston, Alberta
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)                He foresaw the Missouri problems and needed Brigham to get the Saints out of Missouri
One other thing, and obviously the most important, about Young can be stated: he was a heavyweight. Other men instinctively turned to him for the wisdom, leadership, buoyancy they needed in times of trouble. That was why his closest friend, Heber C. Kimball, had asked if “Brother Brigham” could not accompany him on the first Mormon mission to England in 1837.
This had been refused because, as Joseph Smith foresaw, “there were other things for Brother Brigham.” One of these, and the most important, was to direct the sorrowful Mormon removal from Missouri to Illinois while the Prophet was held in Liberty Jail. This wrenching away for 15,000 people, under the murderous pressures of mob violence, from hard-won homesteads to the uncertainties of a new and as yet unfounded Zion on the banks of the Mississippi was enough to test the capacities of any man. Brother Brigham stood the test.

Robert Mullen, The Latter-day Saints: The Mormons Yesterday and Today (New York: Doubleday, 1966), 58-59.

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