Saturday, October 7, 2017

Joseph and the Children

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Which child of a future prophet of the church remembers Joseph Smith taking the time to play games with him while his father was away on a mission?
a.                  Brigham Young Jr.
b.                  Wilford Woodruff Jr.
c.                   John Taylor Jr.
d.                  Lorenzo Snow Jr.
Yesterday’s answer:
c.   The sugar beet machinery
In September 1851, there was a conference of the Church at Holywell in Flintshire District over which William Parry presided, with Elias Morris as his first counselor. Apostle John Taylor attended this conference, and there engaged Mr. Morris to go with him to Utah in the interests of a sugar company he had organized for the manufacture of beet sugar at Salt Lake City.
   In charge of the machinery for this enterprise and a small company of emigrating Saints, he set sail from Liverpool in the latter part of March 1852. By way of New Orleans and St. Louis, they reached Kanesville, Iowa, where the machinery was loaded into wagons for the passage of the Plains. At that point on May 23, Elias Morris married Mary Parry, daughter of John and Elizabeth Parry of Newmarket, Wales, who had preceded him a few weeks across the Atlantic. The marriage ceremony was performed by President Orson Hyde. A few days later the company traveled down the Missouri to Fort Leavenworth, and on the 4th of July started across the Plains. Philip De La Mar was captain of the company, with Elias Morris as chaplain and captain of ten. They had a hard time during their laborious journey of four months, but after suffering from snow, hunger, stampedes, and other unpleasant visitations, they reached Green River where they were met by A. O. Smoot, who had been sent out by President Brigham Young with teams and supplies to help them in. “While Mr. Smoot stood at our camp-fire sympathizing with our wretched condition,” says Mr. Morris, “he noticed three large, white letters—D.M.C.—painted on the sugar boilers. He asked us the meaning of the letter, but receiving no answer, said humorously, ‘I think  I can tell you—D.M.C. means in this case D—Miserable Company,’ and we agreed that he was right.”
   They reached Salt Lake City about the middle of November. It had been the design to set up the sugar works at Provo, and to that point the machinery was taken. Soon, however, the sugar company was dissolved and the machinery turned over to the Church, which subsequently built Sugar House, southeast of Salt Lake City.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 163.

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