Wednesday, August 30, 2017

He May Have Known the Prophet

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Charles Durkee
It’s possible that Utah’s 6th Governor may have known Joseph Smith. Where was non-member Charles Durkee born that would have put him in the same proximity as the prophet?
a.                  Royalton, Vermont
b.                  Palmyra, New York
c.                   Kirtland, Ohio
d.                  Nauvoo, Illinois  
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   Utah
From the life of Charles Kingston:   In the fall of  1879 he emigrated to Utah as an unbeliever in the “Mormon” faith and settled in Morgan county, where his father resided, he having left the son with his mother in England over twenty-one years before. Charles had been reared to believe that the “Mormons” were a bad people, in consequence of which much prejudice existed in his mind. However, being of a studious nature, and fining nothing in his father’s house but “Mormon” literature, he was obliged to read that in order to satisfy his craving for something to study. At the commencement of his investigation he had no idea whatever that he would find “Mormonism” true, but after several months of very careful study his prejudices gave way to belief in the gospel as taught by the Latter-day Saints. He, for the first time, attended a meeting and listened to discourses delivered by Junius F. Wells and Apostle John Henry Smith. The sermon preached by this first Apostle he had ever seen made a deep impression on his mind, and although he was not yet a member of the Church, he commenced from that day to keep the Word of Wisdom (that being the subject spoken upon by Apostle Smith), and has ever since done so to the best of his ability. On his 23rd birthday he was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church by Bishop Albert D. Dickson of Richville, Morgan county.  

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:331.

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