Saturday, January 19, 2019

Over Coming His Grief

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Marriner W. Merrill

Marriner W. Merrill was the Logan Temple President when his son passed away. What was the only thing that could console Brother Merrill?
a.                  His wife
b.                  His dead son appearing to him
c.                   President John Taylor
d.                  A vision he received in the temple
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Erastus was only a teenager
From the life of Erastus Fairbank Snow:   Erastus Snow, who was only twenty-eight years of age, had already given as much service to the Church as many men do in a lifetime. Baptized at the age of fourteen as a result of the preaching of Orson Pratt, Erastus began almost immediately carrying the gospel to villages near his Vermont home. As a sixteen-year-old priest, he served an extended mission to New York and New Hampshire. At seventeen he moved to Kirtland, where he lived with Joseph Smith for several weeks before filling two missions to the eastern states, during which he traveled 3,500 miles and baptized nearly 150 people. While on these missions, he met with mob opposition and often debated with opponents of the Church before large audiences. Once he debated with six Campbellite preachers at once, offering to give as much proof for the Book of Mormon as they could find for the Bible. One debate lasted twelve hours. During these encounters the Spirit of the Lord enabled the teenage missionary to “confound the wise.”
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 395-396.

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