Why did Joseph Fielding Smith give one of his children a dollar and tell them to buy something for the family that they don’t need?
a. To teach a lesson
b. Because he was rich and he could throw away money
c. They didn’t have enough stuff that they didn’t need
d. You never know when you might need it
C Lorenzo Snow
President Snow was born under more opportune circumstances than most early leaders of the Church—his family of Mantua, Ohio, having been quite well-to-do. In his youth he attended schools near his home and planned to pursue a military career, a choice that his beloved older sister, Eliza, opposed heartily. Religion played no important role in his early life. When he attendee Oberlin College to prepare for his chosen vocation, he noted that although Oberlin was supposed to have the epitome of a fine Protestant atmosphere, it fell far short of his expectations. He said, “If there is nothing better than is to be found here in Oberlin College, goodbye to all religions.”
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 50.