Friday, October 20, 2017

Blessing the Battalion

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After the Battalion was disbanded in California and some of the men starting back to the Salt Lake Valley, one evening around the campfire, one of the Battalion members saw what fall from heaven and land between his feet?
a.                  Manna
b.                  A two dollar gold coin
c.                   A letter from his family
d.                  A mission call from Brigham Young
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  The man was healed
From the life of Homer Duncan:   In the fall of 1839 we went east, crossing the Trent River, neither of us having purse or scrip. We came to a farmer’s house, whose name was Jehiel Hoard, where we asked for something to eat and a place to sleep. Our request was granted, and we stayed in that neighborhood about ten days, holding meetings which were well attended. The night before leaving for Coburg, I asked Mrs. Hoard if we might bless her. She answered in the affirmative, after which I asked her husband, if he had any objection; he said he had none. Then we laid our hands on her head and blessed her, promising her perfect heath, in the name of Jesus Christ, even to the renovating of her whole system. She has a very large neck which protruded beyond her chin—a disease commonly known as goiter. In the morning she was entirely well, all signs of the goiter having disappeared. We left that morning and had gone for miles on our way when we were overtaken by a messenger, and asked to return, as Mrs. Hoard desired to be baptized; so we returned. After holding a meeting, we went to a place where there was water and baptized Mrs. Hoard. Her husbands’ brother wished to be baptized also; but he had cut his foot with an ax and was compelled to walk on crutches. He disliked going in the water for fear it would injure his foot. I told him that the Lord did not institute ordinances in his Church that would injure anyone, so he walked into the water on his crutches and was baptized. He came out of the water and walked about half a mile to his home without his crutches, and his foot troubled him no more.

Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 623.

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