Friday, March 30, 2018

Giving them a Little More

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When the Three Witnesses ordained the original Quorum of the Twelve in 1835, what else did the Twelve receive from the First Presidency?
a.                  Their washing and anointings
b.                  Re-baptism
c.                   The ordination confirmed
d.                  Their endowments    
Yesterday’s answer:
A.                   The discovery of a missing baby
From the life of Ann Eliza Sheen Bunn Forbes Adams:   While Ann Eliza’s mother was a young girl, the family worked in the service of an English Lord’s family by the name of Bunn, during the 1850’s. Hanna and the Lord’s son soon fell in love and when they wanted to be married the boy’s father vehemently refused. Eventually, Hanna became pregnant and despite the young man’s pleading, his father refused permission for them to marry.
Hanna Sheen gave birth to her child December 5, 1855, and named her Ann Eliza. Hanna decided her future lay in Utah and she prepared to leave England. The day the ship was to sail, the baby could not be found, the distraught Saints convinced the captain to hold the ship and he agreed to wait two days. A frantic search was made the baby was finely discovered in a room on the top floor of the Lord’s castle where the distraught father had her hidden, hoping to force Hanna to remain behind.
The ship “Enoch Train” sailed away with Hanna, her family and three month old Ann Eliza on board. The ship arrived in America and they traveled to Iowa City where they were to be among the first company of pioneers who were prepared to walk the 1,300 miles to Utah pulling a handcart.
For 110 days Ann Eliza was either carried in someone’s arms or lay in a handcart atop its burdensome load in as comfortable a nest as could be made. Sometimes in the hot sun, sometime sheltered from rain, dust and wind by a shade cloth of sorts or her mothers’ own body. She survived the journey when two of her infant cousins did not. Nor did her grandmother, who died in Iowa City, just shortly before they started, nor her grandfather because he died the day they reached the Valley, September 26, 1856.
There Hanna stood, a young woman holding a baby in her arms, and her father lying nearby, when a young man stepped up to offer her his protection and shelter. He was newly widowed, his baby daughter had need of a mother, he would care for Hanna and Ann Eliza, give them a good home and she could mother both children. She agreed, and they went to his farm in East Layton.
As Eliza grew to be a fine young lady and married George Pilling Adams when she was twenty-one years old and lived the rest of her life in adventures of her own, in the company of her husband and their ten children, leaving the legacy of great faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, (Publishers Press, 1998), 1:6.

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