Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Mount Brigham

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A future prophet of the Church would dedicate which country for the preaching of the gospel from Mt. Brigham?
a.                  United States
b.                  Canada
c.                   Sweden
d.                  Italy
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Parley P. Pratt
It is all the more remarkable that Parley P. Pratt produced his most important intellectual works under the severe duress of persecution, dislocation, imprisonment, and an unremitting, grinding poverty. He was constantly in debt, frequently compelled to depend on gifts and loans for housing, clothing, travel expenses, and even food for his growing family. His poverty was not the product of any incapacity or reluctance to engage in physical labor. Pratt’s wife Agatha called him “one of the busiest and hardest working men I ever knew”. In similar terms, John Pulsipher described him as “a strong healthy man and a very hard working man, one of the best men I ever worked with”. Pratt’s best opportunity to set his financial house in order came in 1849 when he was granted the right to construct and operate a toll road through Parley’s Canyon and Parley’s Park at a time when the California gold rush was bringing many travelers through Salt Lake City. This route, which today continues to be the main eastern gateway to the Salt Lake Valley, could have become a profitable franchise, but early in 1851 Pratt was called on a mission that took him to California and eventually Chile. He left five wives (four of them pregnant) and thirteen chidren “in an unfinished home and in a gregarious financial position—as usual”. Upon his return in late 1852, he manage to complete a two-story adobe house but still subsisted close to the bone, complaining in a letter to his brother Orson that he “lacked money to buy bread”. On one occasion, a visitor who have been converted through the instrumentality of Pratt’s, A Voice of Warning discovered his gospel mentor “threshing” bean before his door . . .  barefooted, in shirt sleeves , and a homemade straw hat.” Pratt paused in his mundane labors to deliver to his visitor a message that led him to marvel, “Never in all my life had I heard such a discourse so full of inspiration and prophecy concerning the great work of the Lord in the latter days.” En route to another mission in California in 1855 Pratt lamented that “he was ‘far below the youngest members of the quorum [of the Twelve] in point of means, and of houses, lands, Cattle, food and Clothing.’”

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow, Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism, BYU Studies, Vol. 51, Number 2, 2012, 166-167.

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