Monday, July 2, 2018

Missionary Extraordinaire

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Who left on a mission just minutes after Joseph Smith gave him the call?
a.                  Amasa Lyman
b.                  Porter Rockwell
c.                   Samuel Smith
d.                  George A. Smith
Yesterday’s answer:
B.   Willard Richards
From the life of Willard Richards:   As a young man in Massachusetts, Willard had been impressed that the true gospel of Christ would soon be restored to the earth. While practicing medicine near Boston in 1835, he opened a copy of the Book of Mormon and, after reading the profound doctrine of man’s purpose on the earth found in 2 Ne. 2:25-26, he declared that “either God or the Devil had had a hand in that book,” and he determined to find out which. He eagerly read the book twice in the next ten days and concluded, “God has something greater for me to do than peddle pills.” Traveling to Kirtland, he was baptized by his cousin Brigham Young and was sent on a mission to the East. Just one day after his return from his first mission, Willard started on a second, this one to England with six other elders, to introduce the gospel in that land.

Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 248.

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