Sunday, March 19, 2017

Erastus Snow’s Unexplained Visits to the British Mission

Erastus Snow
Why was Erastus Snow making a number of visits to Franklin D. Richards of the British Mission?
a.                  Recruiting skilled talent for Salt Lake City
b.                  To prepare for a mission closure
c.                   To convince Brother Richards to select Porter Rockwell as a new General Authority
d.                  To teach him the new method of teaching the gospel
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   That he would treat the Battalion men better
From the journal of William Hyde while serving in the Mormon Battalion:   On the morning of the 4th, the sick who were unable to travel reported themselves to the surgeon, not only to receive his calomel but his bitter cursing, which, however, did not amount to much. Marched 18 miles, camped on the little Kansas.
   The 5th marched 20 miles. We’re now in a buffalo country. The orderly sergeant in Company B was sick, and his duties devolved upon me. At 8 o’clock I met in company with Brother Levi Hancock and Father Pettigrew and others for prayer, as usual. The sick were remembered and especially the monster who supposed the sick were in his power.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:205.

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