Sunday, September 3, 2017

His Mission to Wyoming

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Why was Charles Kingston called to serve a mission to Wyoming by President Lorenzo Snow?
a.                  To find converts
b.                  To collect tithing from the Wyoming saints
c.                   To convince the Wyoming saints to come to Utah
d.                  To find the Saints scattered along the Union Pacific line
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)                 While visiting a prison
The following from the life of Anne Marie Pederson Carlston:   About six months after Anne Marie went to work for the Eldridge family, Hans Carlsen Carlston, also from Norway, came to the Eldridge home and renewed acquaintance with her. He, too, had left Norway for the gospel. He was born in Fredrikstad, Norway, March 24 1832, a son of Carl Fredrik and Anne Marie Andersen Thoresen. Their parents knew each other. He had embraced the gospel in 1853 and came to Utah from California in 1856. He was a sailor. He had heard a story of the strange doctrine that a Mormon missionary had been preaching and that the missionaries had been placed in prison for preaching the gospel. Hans decided to go and see what kind of strange creatures these Mormons were. He walked through a valley which was nine miles long. While walking in this Bronne Valley, he heard a voice saying, “Mormonism is the gospel of Jesus Christ,’” and Hans received an absolute testimony after reaching the prison. He heard the gospel message from the lips of Elder Christian J. Larson of Logan, Utah. Elder Larson stood behind a barred window preaching the word of the Lord to other people who came to see what a Mormon looked like. Hans was greatly impressed. He knew it was the truth. He and his wife were baptized and confirmed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 25, 1853. 

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:316-317.

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