Monday, February 20, 2017

Taking a Shot

The Woman’s Exponent, forerunner to the Relief Society Magazine stayed tune with the issues of the day and was not afraid to counter attack those that attacked the Church. In 1885 polygamy and the Edmunds Bill was a hot issue. What did the Woman’s Exponent claim Mr. Edmunds did not understand?
a.                  Mormonism
b.                  Women
c.                   His Bible
d.                  The Constitution
Yesterday’s answer:
b.   Baptize him
From the life of Anthon Henrik Lund (this incident happened previous to him joining the Church):   Elder Anthon Lund says he can hardly remember a time when he was not convinced of the truth of the gospel. From the first moment it was presented, it appeared to him, in comparison with common orthodoxy, as the clearest daylight compared to the uncertain flare of the northern aurora. It became to him “the pearl of great price.” For the possession of which he would gladly sacrifice everything. Yet there was many a conflict in his young heart, before the step was taken which united him with the Church. Those who at that time identified themselves with the Church were generally ostracized socially, and often subjected to persecution, and some years elapsed before Anton, though fully convinced of the truth of the gospel, asked for baptism. At that time there was a great deal of persecution of the Saints in Aalborg, and this spirit actuated even the school boys, and to such an extent that none of the Saints could send their children to the public schools. Brother Lund was the only one belonging to the Saints who attended the school. Sometimes the boys threatened to “baptize” him, and at other times they united in beating him, but as a general rule he was a favorite with both teachers and fellow-students. One of his father’s younger brothers, about three years older than Anthon, was in the same class, and although he hated “Mormonism,” he would not allow anyone to abuse his nephew. Having tact enough never to complain against those who had persecuted him, and always ready to help the boys in their studies, he won them. Nearly everyone in his class was two or three years his senior; still they did not envy him his promotion. To become “Dux,” or first in the upper class, was the ambition of all the pupils. When the school met after the summer vacation, when Brother Lund was eleven years old, and places would be, the class was unanimous in giving the first place to him and would not allow him to take his old place. At the examination the bishop of the diocese was present and personally catechized Brother Lund. The answers surprised him, and he said to the whole school: “I have not heard a boy answer so well in any of the two hundred schools in my diocese.” All the teachers but one were proud of the praise bestowed on one of their pupils. One, however, a bitter “Mormon-hater,” felt much chagrined. On several occasions he would slur the boy because of his belief. One day he said’ “It is expected that the ‘Dux’ of the school shall give a good example to the pupils. What a shame if they should imitate yours and became Mormons!” Brother Lund answered, “They would never regret it.”

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:162-163.

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