Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Possible Mistake at the Smith Burial Site

With the Mississippi River chewing away at the Smith property in Nauvoo, the RLDS Church felt it was necessary to find the graves of Joseph, Hyrum, and Emma. After 6 days of placing down discovery holes, they were able to locate all three bodies and rebury on the Smith property. However, there might be a mistake. What might be the mistake at the reburial of the Smiths?
a.                  The body of Emma is not Emma
b.                  None of the bodies are the Smiths
c.                   The bodies of Joseph and Hyrum may have been mixed
d.                  The bodies of Hyrum and Joseph are actually Samuel and Don Carlos
Yesterday’s answer:
b.   Announcing those who will go on full-time missions
The October 1849 General Conference:   There was a docket of Church business to attend to, new settlements to be started in Ogden, Provo, Manti, an express or freight company to be established for regular traffic with Kanesville.
   Then came the third miracle. President Young pointed out that one of their primary reasons for moving to the Great Basin had been to establish a place for the gathering of the Saints from all the world. The missionary work, he reminded them, was an ascendant activity of the Church and he quoted a verse from Revelation that the Prophet Joseph had often used:
   “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue and people.”
   This had been the motivation force behind the establishment of the British Mission and of the sending of missionaries to the South Seas and elsewhere. And so it was that at the first moment he reasonably could, the moment after the movement of the bulk of the Saints to the Great Basin and after the first big harvest, Brigham Young announced a new and more extensive overseas effort than ever before. At the October 1849 conference he gave out the names of those who would go abroad.
   The women in the congregation could not help but feel some trepidation, for the tradition was that missionaries left their families while they went off for two years or more to the distant places.
   Brigham Young’s counsel to the men was:
   “Don’t carry your wives or your children in your hearts or in your affections with you one rod. Dedicate them to the Lord God of Israel, and leave them at home; and when you are in England, or among other nations, no matter where, when you pray for your families, pray for them as being in the Great Salt Lake Valley, and do not bring them close to you, as though they were in your carpet bag. Pray for them where they are. You must feel—if they live, all right; if they die, all right; if I die, all right; if I live all right; for we are the Lord’s, and we shall soon meet again.”
   And to the women:
   “ I wish to say to you that are left here, whose husbands and fathers are going away for a season—don’t cling to them one particle, but let them go as cheerfully as you would give a weary traveler a cup of cold water. . . . Don’t send your hearts after them one step, nor suffer your spirits to cling to them one moment. Then you, wives, in very deed will be blessed and be helpmeets to your husbands.”

Robert Mullen, The Latter-day Saints: The Mormons Yesterday and Today (New York: Doubleday, 1966), 113-114.

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