Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Marriner’s Predicament

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Marriner Wood Merrill

Marriner Wood Merrill made his livelihood by cutting shingles. One day he went to North Mill Creek Canyon, east of Salt Lake City, to cut logs for his shingles. In the process of loading his wagon he fell under the load. Pinned, he lost consciousness. What happened next?
a.                  He was found a week later still alive
b.                  He woke up on top of the wagon heading down the canyon
c.                   The unfriendly natives brought him home
d.                   His wife had a vision of his whereabouts and was able to rescue him
Yesterday’s answer:
D   About 200 
From the life of Lyman Wight:   Two years later, in Nauvoo, Lyman Wight was called to be one of the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In that capacity he returned to Kirtland in 1842, where he rebaptized about two hundred Saints who had apostatized in 1837 and 1838. Fiercely devoted to Joseph Smith, Elder Wight was unable to transfer that allegiance to Brigham Young after the Prophet’s martyrdom. “The day was when there was somebody to control me, but that day is past,” he declared. Thirteen years earlier the Lord had warned in a revelation, “Let my servant Lyman Wight beware, for Satan desireth to sift him as chaff.” In 1845 he led a small group of dissident members to Texas, where they settled in various locations. At a general conference in 1848, the “Wild Ram of the Mountains,” Lyman Wight, was excommunicated. When he died ten years later, his followers scattered. Some came to Utah where they were rebaptized.

Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 384-385.

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