Friday, June 23, 2017

His Gift to the Cause

Even though the Prophet Joseph Smith was eight years senior to Porter Rockwell, they were great friends and developed a strong bond. Porter wanted to help the Prophet in some way during the translation of the Book of Mormon. What did he do to help?
a.                  Acted as body guard
b.                  Gave Joseph one of his guns so Joseph could protect himself from the mob
c.                   Sold berries and firewood and giving Joseph the money from the sales
d.                  Offered to be Joseph’s scribe
Yesterday’s answer:
A.                  Brigham Young
How Sandy, Utah received its name:   The railroad was then extended as far as Dry Creek. Going south, the train stopped at about where the Sandy Depot now stands. The men got off the train, looked around, and talked awhile, then the train continued to Dry Creek. Returning north the train stopped at the same place as before. A ditch had been built to try to irrigate the land where Sandy City now stands. East of Sandy from where the ditch was built, the earth was so extremely sandy they doubted if it would carry water—they feared the banks would wash away. The ditch carried the water that washed part of the banks, depositing the sand with the water on the sandy soil. At the place where the train stopped, a great deal of sand had been washed onto the soil making it very sandy in this location. Brigham Young raked his cane in the sand and scraped his foot in the sand, then turning around he looked in every direction and then said, “Sand! Sand! Everywhere sand! We’ll call this place Sandy.”    
Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1995), 6:128.

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