Monday, July 10, 2017

The Jackson Delegation

When the Saints were pushed into Clay County, Missouri from Jackson County, a delegation from Jackson County was sent to the meeting at Clay County on the Mormon question. Those from Jackson County wanted the members of the Church to use their influence to convince Zion’s camp not to enter Jackson County. What happened to this delegation on the way back to Jackson County?
a.                  They were met by Zion’s Camp and wiped out
b.                  They got into an argument between themselves and a number died in a fight
c.                   They were cut off from Jackson County by the Mormons and held hostage
d.                  A number of them drowned in the Missouri River when they had a boating accident
Yesterday’s answer:
b.   They ate only the weeds
In the early spring of 1915 Elder Hyrum M. Smith, an Apostle, speaking in Taylor Stake Conference, made this prediction: “Many of you are discouraged because of the dry seasons. I promise you in the name of Jesus Christ that those of you who came here to make your homes, the Lord will bless in a marvelous way.” He also advised the people not to hesitate but to go ahead and plant their crops. The early part of that spring was exceedingly dry but when it started to rain it continued to rain, and the crops grew immensely and so did the weeds. As the grain was starting to head out the army cutworms came in hordes, the ground was a moving mass. They ate the weeds and left the grain standing. That fall the crops were so abundant that the people hardly knew what to do with them.
   In Taylor Stake Conference of May 1922 Elder Melvin J. Ballard seemed to sense keenly the situation of our Saints, for there had been several dry years with almost crop failures. He advised the people to plant all the grain they could, without going into debt, for he said, “You will raise good crops for a few years and as soon as you thresh sell your grain. When times are good, get out of debt and stay out.”
   Through the power of the Priesthood, he blessed the elements for our good and rebuked the power of the destroyer. The crops were sown and it was still dry. On the 28th of June it started to rain and it continued to rain. The crops matured, the harvest was ideal and the frosts were stayed. As a result this part of the country where our people were located garnered the best crop since 1916. That fall those who sold their grain as it was threshed received far more per bushel than those who held it till the next spring.

A History of the Mormon Church in Canada (Lethbridge, Alberta: The Lethbridge Herald Co., 1968), 103-104.

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