Thursday, June 22, 2017

“Sand, Sand, Everywhere Sand! We’ll Call This Place Sandy”

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I’m sure most have heard of the south Salt Lake City suburb known as Sandy. The title to this Blog post tells you how the city of Sandy received its name, but who said these words?
a.                  Clara Decker Young
b.                  Brigham Young
c.                   Porter Rockwell
d.                  J. Golden Kimball
Yesterday’s answer:
A.                  A new suit
From the life of Daniel Spencer:   It was, however, his custom to give free quarters to preachers of all denominations. The “Mormon” Elder came; and his coming created an epoch in Daniel Spencer’s life. Through his influence the Presbyterian meeting house was obtained for the “Mormon” Elder to preach the gospel, and the meeting was attended by the elite of the town. At the close of the service the Elder asked the assembly if there was any one present who would give him “a night’s lodging and a meal of victuals in the name of Jesus.” For several minutes a dead silence reigned in the congregation. None present seemed desirous to peril their character or taint their respectability by taking home a “Mormon” Elder. At length Daniel Spencer, in the old Puritan spirit and the proud independence so characteristic of the true American gentleman, rose up, stepped into the aisle, and broke the silence: “I will entertain you, sir, for humanity’s sake.” Daniel took the poor Elder, to his public hotel, as was his wont with the preachers generally who needed hospitality, but he took him to his own house, a fine family mansion, and the next morning he clothed him from head to foot with a good suit of broad cloth from the shelves of his store. The Elder continued to preach the new and strange  gospel, and brought upon himself much persecution. This produced upon the mind of Daniel Spencer an extraordinary effect. Seeing the bitter malevolence from the preachers and the best of the professing Christians, and being naturally a philosopher and a judge, he resolved to investigate the cause of this enmity and unchristian like manifestation. The result came. It was as strongly marked as his conduct during the investigation. For two weeks he closed his establishment, refused to do business with any one, and shut himself up to study; and theer alone with his God he weighed in the balances of his clear head and conscientious heart the divine message and found it not wanting. One day, when his son was with him in his study, he suddenly burst into a flood of tears, and exclaimed: “My God, the thing is true, and as an honest man I must embrace it; but it will cost me all I have got on earth.” He had weighed the consequences, but his conscientious mind compelled him to assume the responsibility and take up the cross. He saw that the must, in the eyes of friends and townsmen, fall from the social pinnacle on which he then stood to that of a despised people. At mid-day, about three months after the poor “Mormon” Elder came into the town of West Stockbridge, Daniel Spencer having issued a pubic notice to his townsmen that he should be baptized at noon on  a certain day, took him by the arm and, not ashamed, walked through the town taking the route of the main street to the waters of baptism, followed by hundreds of his townsmen to the river’s band. The profoundest respect and quiet were manifested by the vast concourse of witnesses, but also the profoundest astonishment. It was nothing wonderful that a despised “Mormon” Elder should believe in Joseph Smith, but it was a matter of astonishment that a man of Daniel Spencer’s social standing and character should receive the mission of the Prophet and divinity of the Book of Mormon. The conversion and conduct of Daniel Spencer carried a deep and weighty conviction among many good families in the region around, which, in a few months, resulted in the establishment of a flourishing branch of the Church. This branch which he was the chief instrument in founding, and over which he presided, contribute its full quota of respectable citizens to Nauvoo and Utah.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:287-288.

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