Saturday, August 19, 2017

Released From His Mission

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Henry Eyring
Mission releases aren’t the same anymore, not even compared to when I served back in the late 70’s. In May 1860, how did Henry Eyring learn of his mission release from the Cherokee mission?
a.                  By reading a Deseret News newspaper that he saw lying in the street
b.                  In a dream
c.                   In a letter sent by Brigham Young
d.                  By his mission president
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   Having his friend, George A. Smith, pull out his false teeth
It was threshing time and Thomas Davenport was all ready to thresh his wheat and the machine was ready to go when a band of Indians rode up on their ponies each with a sack for some grain. Mr. Davenport looked at his little sack of grain, then at the Indians, and shook his head. There just wouldn’t be enough for his family and the Indians. The crops had been very light that season due to the scarcity of water and the grasshopper plague; so he rounded up a number of men from the Vigilantes in full view of the Indians.
   The group included Bob Quarm, pioneer photographer, who had an iron peg-leg and a wooden stump for a foot that he used to strap around his knee; Robert Miller, a Scotchman with his curly red wig—he having lost all of his hair during a fever; and George A. Smith with his set of false teeth. At a given signal they all put their heads together, gave a big war-whoop while Bob Quarm unbuckled his peg-leg and threw it high in the air. They then gave another cry, and Robert Miller, not to be outdone, threw his wig into the air exposing his shining dome. The Indians stood wide-eyed with astonishment, but when George A. Smith gave another loud howl and let his false teeth fly—they took to their horses and fled as fast as they could.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:274.

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