Monday, January 7, 2019

Scouting Ahead

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While scouting ahead on the Mormon Trail, Wilford Woodruff got separated from his company in the area of the Sweetwater and Independence Rock. Who did he camp the night with?
a.                  Natives
b.                  A Missourian emigration company
c.                   The U.S. Army
d.                  The Donner Party
Yesterday’s answer:
B   The Lord
From the life of Chief Walker:   When Brigham Young declared Salt Lake Valley “the right place” for Mormon pioneers, Wakara’s band was camped seventy miles southeast in Spanish Fork Canyon. Ute tradition holds that Wakara attempted to incite a band of young firebrands to oppose white settlement; his elder brother, the wise Sowiette, needed a horsewhip to drive home the finer points of his argument opposing violence.
Mormon tradition has it, however, that Wakara had envisioned the coming of white people: “He died and his spirit went to heaven. He saw the Lord sitting upon a throne dressed in white. The Lord told him he could not stay, he had to return to earth, that there would come to him a race of white people that would be his friends, and he must treat them kindly.”
Richard S. Van Wagoner and Steven C. Walker, A Book of Mormons, (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1982), 372-373.

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