What was George Q. Cannon’s feelings towards persecutors?
C Joseph F. Smith
From the life of William Fowler: As he grew older, he began to think about religion. He was 18 years old when he started attending the Methodist Church. Then he began attending some meetings that missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were holding. He knew that what they were teaching was true, and he was baptized in July of 1849. William was so enthusiastic about his new religion that he began teaching others the principles he had learned. Henry Charles listened to William and joined the Church about a month after William.
By May 1852, William became a full-time missionary, helping many join the Church. One of his converts was Ellen Bradshaw. She was well educated, and her parents tried hard to keep her from being baptized. However, Ellen continued to attend meetings and joined the LDS Church. She was immediately disowned by her family. William and Ellen were married on January 24, 1855.
William was a gifted musician. He played the flute, the piccolo, and the violin and was the choir director for his church. He wrote hymns that the choir performed at church meetings. His most famous and beloved hymn was “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet.”
When Joseph F. Smith was on a mission in England, he met the Fowlers and often visited the family in Sheffield. One Sunday when Elder Smith was visiting and attending their Church meetings, William had the choir sing the hymn. Because it impressed him so much, “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” was included in the 1863 edition of the LDS Church’s hymn book.
International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Museum Memories, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Talon Printing, 2011), 3: 291.