Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chief Walker and the Mormons

Wanting to be friends with the Saints, Walkara, or otherwise known as Chief Walker, did what for the Church?
a.                  Deeded the Ute lands to the Church
b.                  Guarantee protection from unfriendly tribes
c.                   Taught the Saints how to grow corn and wheat in the valley
d.                  Helped the Saints keep Johnston’s army out of Utah
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   To celebrate the 4th of July
From the life of James Harvey Glines:   He was one of the number who brought a cannon that belonged to the “Carthage Greys” to Nauvoo, to celebrate the 4th of July. There it was stolen and taken across the river and subsequently sent to Council Bluffs. Elder Glines, as a member of the Nauvoo Legion (in which he served as adjutant in a regiment), was often on duty as guard during the troublous times of mobocracy. As an exile for the sake of his religion he left Nauvoo in February, 1846, crossing the Mississippi river on the ice, and made his way to Council Bluffs. He was subsequently sent back to Nauvoo after goods, and on this return he brought with him the cannon previously mentioned. Soon after his return to Council Bluffs, he enlisted in the Mormon Battalion, being one of the first to enter his name as a volunteer; he enlisted as sergeant-major in that battalion at its organization. 

Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 479.

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