Thursday, December 6, 2018

Convincing Hannah of the Truth

Hannah Jane Shaw Burridge

In 1852, what convinced Hannah Jane Shaw Burridge of the truth of the gospel?
a.                  The Book of Mormon
b.                  The Elders
c.                   The Saints ability to enjoy (dance) their religion
d.                  The hymns
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Rattlesnakes came out in hundreds
From the life of Helen Amelia Whiting Buchanan:   She was only thirteen years old, when her family started the long journey across the Plains. Amelia and her brother, William, walked and drove a team of oxen. Almost immediately upon reaching the Salt Lake Valley, President Brigham Young sent the family south to Manti to help colonize that area.
Their first home was a dug-our cave on the south side of the hill where the Temple now stands. Amelia tells how the family nearly starved to death that first hard winter. The food was scarce, but still they shared with the Indians. When spring came, so did the rattlesnakes. They crawled out from among the rocks by the hundreds and into the homes of the horrified Saints. Fortunately, no one was ever bitten.
 By that time, the food situation was acute and Amelia feared that they would all die of starvation. However, the Lord in his great mercy, caused “pig weed greens” to spring up in abundance to feed the hungry Saints. They expressed heart-felt gratitude for the “manna weed” and felt that the Lord had truly spared their lives. The greens continued to grow as long as there was a need for them, then they disappeared as mysteriously as they had come.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1:405.

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