Thursday, January 26, 2017

She Would Rather Sink

Mary Ann Chapple Warner states that when her family crossed from England to America in 1868 that another ship, in a dense fog, ran into the side of them creating a gash in the side of their ship. Immediately, the sailors started to throw personal belongings over board to lighten the ship, however Mary Ann’s mother refused to part with one personal belonging, stating that she would rather sink than to have it thrown overboard. What was the item?
a.                  A school bell
b.                  A feather bed
c.                   A piano
d.                  A handcart
Yesterday’s answer:
B.   Latter-day Saint
From the life of John R. Winder: One day in July, 1848, while in the store, he picked up a small piece of paper, a fragment of a torn-up letter, on which were written the words “Latter-day Saints.” He wondered what it meant, for he had never seen or heard the name before. He asked one of the clerks about it, and was told that there was a church in America by that name, that they were called Mormons, that they had a Prophet named Joseph Smith and that there was a branch of the Church that held meetings in the Music Hall, Bold Street, Liverpool.  “This,” says Bishop Winder, “was the first I ever heard of the Latter-day Saints or Mormons. I went to their meeting, crept up a back stairs and peeped through the banisters. Elder Orson Spencer was preaching on the first principles of the gospel. I thought he knew I was there, for every word he said, seemed to be expressly for my benefit. I began to examine into the principals taught, I soon became convinced of their truth and was baptized Sept. 20, 1848 by Elder Thomas D. Brown.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1: 244.

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