Monday, December 5, 2016

The Epitome of Without Purse or Scrip

The day Brigham Young left on his mission to England from Nauvoo, he was the epitome of the term “without purse or scrip.” What was he using as a substitute for an overcoat?
a.                  His wife’s feather tick
b.                  A curtain from one of his windows
c.                   An old burlap sack
d.                  One of his children’s blankets
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  To become the first editor of the newly formed Relief Society periodical, the Woman’s’ Exponent
Lula Greene Richards, the first editor of Woman’s Exponent, submitted in her own handwriting, under date of June 3, 1942, the following account of how this publication came into existence: “Early in the year of 1872, the Woman’s Relief Society of the Church talked of having a paper of its own. The suggestion for such a publication was in some way given to Elder Edward L. Sloan, he being one of the editors of the Salt Lake Herald. Brother Sloan thought to encourage so worthy an enterprise. And he, having become interested in writings received for the Herald from Miss Louisa L. Greene (Lula Greene Richards), of Smithfield, Cache Valley, wrote a letter to her proposing that she come to Salt Lake City to live and become the editor of a woman’s periodical.
“Miss Greene, feeling her utter inability to carry on a work of such great importance, wrote to Brother Sloan how she felt, calling his attention to the fact that Sister Eliza R. Snow was the one he should consult on the subject. He talked with Sister Snow of the matter, and the two agreed that Miss Greene was the right one to be installed as the editor of the paper to be published.
“Sister Snow wrote Miss Greene concerning the matter and was answered that if President Brigham Young would give her the work as a mission, Miss Greene would accept it and do all she could to make it a success. Sister Snow read Miss Green’s letter to the president; he was well pleased with it and told Sister Snow to answer that he would give Miss Green ‘that work as a mission and bless her it.’”

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:139-140.

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