Future Apostle Melvin J. Ballard offered to shine Zebedee Coltrin’s shoes if Zebedee did what?
a. Took him as his mission companion
b. Let him work on the temple
c. Told him stories about Joseph Smith
d. Give him a Patriarchal Blessing
From the life of Marriner Wood Merrill: In 1852, as a young man of nineteen, Marriner was baptized a member of the Church by missionaries in New Brunswick. He began immediately to travel to Zion, and after some difficulties arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in September 1853. His journey across the plains was the scene of another miracle in the young Latter-day Saint’s life. As he was swimming the Platte River in an attempt to recover some cattle, he lost his strength in the heavy current and went down several times. Just at the point of drowning, he found himself stabilized on a sandbar; he stood there until a fellow traveler came to his rescue, when suddenly the sandbar was gone. The two men managed to make it safely to shore, and Marriner felt very strongly that the Lord had preserved his life for a purpose.
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 412.