What did Charles Sperry celebrate over that we might take for granted today?
a. The gospel
D. William Geddes
From the life of William Geddes: A prominent Elder of Plain City, Weber county, Utah, was born Dec. 8, 1882, near Glasgow, Scotland, of humble parentage. At the age of fourteen he first heard the gospel, was convinced at once of its truth, and was soon after baptized. He told his father of what he had done and explained the principles of his newly adopted faith; but his father rejected the gospel, turned the boy out of his house and told him never to enter it again, unless he renounced “Mormonism.” William walked for three days hunting work, and on the evening of the third day he secured employment in a coal mine, and that evening worked enough to pay for his supper, which was the first food he had tasted since leaving home. After an absence of two years he returned to his home and found his father sufficiently softened in heart to receive and welcome him, but didn’t want to hear anything of “Mormonism.” He had been home but a short time when he was seized with the cholera. He asked his father to have the Elders come and administer to him, but the father would not let a “Mormon” Elder enter his house. The boy grew worse and was thought beyond recovery, and as a dying request the father yielded to the boys’ desire. The Elders were sent for and, under their administration, the boy was instantly healed, arose from his supposed death bed and went to meeting with the Elders. After this miraculous manifestation of the power of God, he spent much of his spare time preaching on the streets, and was soon styled the boy preacher.
Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 462.