Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Terror to the Wrong Doer

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Which Latter-day Saint became the “terror to the wrong doer” in political circles?
a.                  Francis Marion Lyman
b.                  Brigham Young
c.                   John Taylor
d.                  Porter Rockwell
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   Rosie Oatman
From the life of Charles Sperry:   In the spring of 1846, my father, with his family, left our home in La Harpe and stared West. Before we left, Roise Oatman and his wife (my sister) who lived in White Side County, Illinois, came to see us, they being Rigdonites, as they were called. They believed that Rigdon was the right man to head the Church, or at least to be guardian of the Church until it became twenty-one years old at which time the members could choose a leader.
   Oatman tried to persuade my father not to go West with the Twelve but to go to Pittsburg where the Rigdonites gathered. He and his wife remained about a week. My father and he had many arguments respecting where the authority rested to lead the Church. Finally the day came when they were to start back home, and they got to arguing at the breakfast table. They both got quite warm, and finally Oatman said to my father, “I see, Father Sperry, it is no use to talk to you. I prophesy in the name of the Lord that if you go West with your family, your children will go hungry and some will starve to death, and your throat will be cut from ear to ear by the Indians.” That prophesy was fulfilled on the 19th day of March, 1851, upon Oatman and his family on the Gila River in Arizona.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1997), 8: 57-58.

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