Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Utah Had an Inkling Prior to the Official Announcement

What did those listening to a Tabernacle Choir Broadcast transcription suspect before the rest of the nation?
a.                  That war broke out in Hawaii
b.                  That war broke out in Britain
c.                   That war broke out in Germany
d.                  That war broke out in Russia
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  If the Church went to Jackson County, then this should be his final resting spot
At the funeral of Brigham Young:   President D. H. Wells was the first speaker on the occasion, followed by Elder Wilford Woodruff and Elder Erastus Snow, each of them seemingly full of the Holy Spirit which ever brings consolation in the midst of the deepest sorrow. Elder George Q. Cannon then read the following:
Nearly two years ago President Young, in company with a number of other Elders, wrote his instruction which he and they desired to have left on record concerning their funerals. It was his written request that his instruction upon this subject be read at his funeral. They are as follows:
“I, Brigham Young, wish my funeral services to be conducted in the following manner:
“When I breathe my last, I wish my friends to put my body in as clean and wholesome state as can conveniently be done and preserve the same for one, two, three, or four days or as long as my body can be preserved in a good condition. I want my coffin made of plump one and one-fourth inch redwood boards, not scrimped in length, but two inches longer than I would measure, and from two to three inches wider than is commonly made for a person my breadth and size, and deep enough to place me on a little comfortable cotton bed with a good suitable pillow for size and quality; my body dressed in my Temple clothing and laid nicely into my coffin; and the coffin to have the appearance that if I wanted to turn a little to the right or to the left, I should have plenty of room to do so. The lid can be made crowning.
“At my interment, I wish all my family present that can be conveniently, and the male members wear no crepe on their hats or their coats; the females to buy no black bonnets, nor black dresses, nor black veils; but if they have them, they are at liberty to wear them.
“The services may be permitted as singing, and a prayer offered, and if any of my friends wish to say a few words, and really desire—do so; and when they have closed their services, take my remains on a bier and repair to the little burying ground which I have reserved on my lot east of the White House on the hill, and in the southeast corner of this lot have a vault built of mason-work large enough to receive my coffin, and that may be placed in a box if they choose, made of the same material as the coffin—redwood. Then place  flat rocks over the vault, sufficiently large enough to cover it, and the earth may be placed over it—nice, fine, dry earth—to cover it until the walls of the little cemetery are reared which will leave me in the southeast corner. This vault ought to be roofed over with some kind of temporary roof. There let my earthly house or tabernacle rest in peace and have a good sleep until the morning of the first resurrection; no crying, nor mourning with any one that I have done my work faithfully and in good faith.
“I wish this to be read at the funeral, providing that if I should die anywhere in the Mountains, I desire the above direction respecting my place of burial to be observed; but if I should live to go back with the Church to Jackson County, I wish to be buried there.”

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:178-179.

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