Wednesday, October 4, 2017

He Would Never See it Back

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William Hickenlooper loaned something to Joseph Smith that William’s friends stated he would never see back. What was it he loaned?
a.      Money
b.      Gold Plates
c.       A team of horses
d.      Tools
Yesterday’s answer:
C.   As instructors       
From the life of Karl Gottfried Maeser:   At this time he and his friend Schoenfeld—both destined to become devout Latter-day Saints and zealous missionaries—were skeptically inclined with science and philosophy, exclusive of what was commonly called religion, as their guiding stars. Mr. Maeser’s first intimation of Mormonism was when, as a child, he saw in some paper a pictorial illustration of the early mobbing’s and driving’s of the Latter-day Saints, probably in Missouri, with certain comment upon their faith and origin. The impression then made upon his mind remained, developing eventually into a spirit of inquiry regarding the history and doctrines of the peculiar people. In 1853 he obtained through a stranger, in an indirect way, the address of Eder John Van Cott at Copenhagen, and through him the address of Elder Daniel Tyler, then president over the Swiss and German mission. Elder Tyler sent Messrs. Maeser and Schoenfeld some religious pamphlets, so poorly translated as to provoke at first their merriment, but as they read on they became interested and forgot the manner of the presentation. Subsequently he wrote to them, proposing to send a missionary to Dresden and asking advice as to how one should introduce himself in that part where there was no religious liberty. They replied that he might come as an instructor, and upon this hint Elder Tyler wrote to President Franklin D. Richards at Liverpool, who sent Elder William Budge to introduce the gospel in the kingdom of Saxony.
   Elder Budge arrived at Dresden late in September 1855, and there became the guest of Mr. Maeser, living at his house and privately instructing him, his family, and a few friends in the principles of the gospel as promulgated by the Latter-day Saints. “He taught us,” says Mr. Schoenfeld, “by using a Bible that had the German text in one column and the English in the other; in this way he pointed out the striking passages, for neither could speak the other’s language.” A great change now came over the young pedagogue; from a skeptic he was transformed into a religious devotee; and on the night of October 14 was baptized a Latter-day Saint by President Franklin D. Richards, assisted by Elder Budge who stood on one side of the convert during the administration of the ordinance in the River Elbe, and not only helped to immerse him but repeated in German for his benefit the words of the baptismal rite as they were uttered in English by the Apostle. While returning home, Dr. Maeser and President Richard conversed freely, each using his own language, but making himself clearly understood to the other through the spiritual gift of interpretation. Mrs. Maeser, her mother, and other relatives embraced the faith soon afterwards and in the Maeser home on the following Sabbath, President Richards organized the first branch of the Church in Saxony. 

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 159-160.

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