Friday, January 6, 2017

O Canada

Ray Knight, son of Utah silver mine businessman, Jess Knight, convinced his father to invest heavily into Canada stating that Canada was a what haven?
a.                  Hockey
b.                  Stockman
c.                   Wheat
d.                  Oil
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  Brigham Young
From the life of Brigham Young: “For me to travel and preach without purse or scrip was never hard,” he said. “I never saw the day, I never was in the place . . . but that I could get all I wanted. . . . I was never turned out of doors; I could make the acquaintance of the family, and sit and sing to them and chat with them, and they would feel friendly toward me; and when they learned that I was a ‘Mormon Elder’ it was after I had gained their good feelings.”
A suggestion of his confident, good –humored approach is given in his report of the last few miles of his journey into New York City:
Brother George A. Smith accompanied me to New York City, and we had not enough money to pay the last five miles fare. We started from New Haven in a steam boat, and when we left the boat, I hired passage in the stage to New York; the captain of the steam boat happened to be in the same stage.
When we left the coach, I said to the captain, will you have the kindness to pay this gentleman’s passage and mine? I had had no conversation with him during the day, only in interchanging the common and usual compliments, but when we left him he greeted us cordially, and said that he had paid our stage fare with the greatest pleasure, and shook our hands as heartily as a brother, saying, “May God bless and prosper you in your labors.”

Robert Mullen, The Latter-day Saints: The Mormons Yesterday and Today (New York: Doubleday, 1966), 59-60.

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