Friday, June 22, 2018

Samuel John Sudbury’s Greatest Asset

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What was Samuel known best for?
a.                  How much he could eat
b.                  How much land he could plow in a day
c.                   His spirituality
d.                  His physical strength
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Bishop of Payson
From the life of Franklin Wheeler Young:   At Grantsville, Franklin W. was married to Nancy Greene, and in September, 1859, he got a call from President Brigham Young to come to Salt Lake City, prepared to go on a mission. Dropping everything, he hastened to the city, where he on September 14, 1859, was ordained a Bishop and set apart to preside over Payson. He was twenty years, six months and twenty-seven days old. The Ward of Payson at that time had about 175 families, besides a branch at Pondtown, now Salem, of about 25 families. For two years the “Boy Bishop,” as he was often called, struggled with all his might to do his duty, and succeeded in bringing about a better feeling of unity and good will in the midst of the Saints of his Ward, but when President Brigham Young saw that it was telling on the young man, and that he was trying to carry too great a load, he called him on a mission to the cotton country or “Dixie,” to help to build up the barren wastes there.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Company, 1914), 97.

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