In 1848, while on the Mormon Trail 380 miles west of Winter Quarters, Brother Gates’ wagon overturned. Of course some of the contents fell from the wagon, revealing what?
b. Stolen goods
a. L. Tom Perry
From the life of Lowell Tom Perry: A group of Marines persuaded a Mormon buddy of theirs to accompany them into Los Angeles for what they promised would be an exciting and entertaining evening. It didn’t take long for the young marine, a native of Logan, Utah, to realize that he had been invited to come along because he didn’t drink and would be on hand to guide his companions back to the barracks. Private Tom Perry, reflecting on the faith and trust of his parents, looked for an escape but soon found himself on a streetcar headed toward a dance hall. He recalled how the Lord came to his recue: “The streetcar stopped and allowed new passengers to come aboard. The new passengers separated me from my buddies and pushed me to the back of the car. It was there that I discovered a nice group of young people standing and seated. Immediately upon finding me in their company, one spoke up and Said, “Hi, Marine! We’re Mormons. What do you know about our Church?’ I answered, ‘Plenty.’ And got off the streetcar with them and went to a ward social.”
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 517-518.