What gift of the spirit did Melvin Joseph Ballard seem to be blessed with?
B He woke up on top of his wagon heading down the canyon
From the life of Marriner Wood Merrill: Brother Merrill’s life was also miraculously preserved when he was laboring in North Mill Creek canyon. Established in the valley and married to Sarah A. Atkinson, he earned his livelihood by bringing down enough wood to make about four dollars worth of shingles each day. One particularly cold morning, Brother Merrill was the only man bold enough to venture into the canyon for his usual load of logs. He was hurrying to load his wagon when an accident occurred that pinned him against the ice under one of the heavy logs. In this predicament he lost consciousness. When he revived, Brother Merrill found himself about a half mile down the canyon from where he had been, sitting atop the five carefully loaded logs. His oxen were rambling along toward home, his overcoat was laid neatly beside him, and his ax was stuck in one end of the log as he usually placed it himself. He showed his deep faith in the divine power that performed this service for him in these words: “I can truthfully testify in all soberness, that some power which I did not see assisted me from the position which doubtless would have speedily cost me my life. As I was preserved for some purpose known to my Heavenly Father, so do I also believe that God will bless and preserve the lives of His faithful children . . . and he will, if necessary, send angelic visitors to sustain that preserve those who put their trust in Him.”
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 412.