Monday, February 11, 2019

His Special Mission

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Melvin Joseph Ballard

In July 1896, Melvin J. Ballard was called to serve a special mission to teach the gospel. What made this mission special was the size of his mission boundaries. Where was he called?
a.                  To the larger cities of Europe
b.                  To the larger cities of the United States
c.                   To the larger cities of Australia
d.                  To the larger cities of Canada
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Because of his prophesying during a missionary blessing
From the life of Andrew L. Lamoreaux:   The St. Louis “Luminary,” a periodical published in the interest or the Church at St. Louis, Mo., at that time, spoke very highly of the faithfulness and integrity of Elder Lamoreaux, who was held in great esteem by all who knew him. The following is quoted from a letter written to George A. Smith by Erastus Snow in Salt Lake City Sept. 3, 1865: “I have just learned from the family of the late Andrew L. Lamoreaux that Joseph Smith, during his tour to Washington in 1839, stopped with them in Dayton, Ohio, and before leaving laid his hands on Elder Lamoreaux and blessed him, and prophesied upon his head, that he would go on a mission to France, learn another tongue and do much good, but that he would not live to return to his family, as he would fall by the way as a martyr. The Prophet wept, as he blessed him and told him these things, adding that it was pressed upon him and he could not refrain from giving utterance to it. Elder Lamoreaux talked with his family about it when he left them in 1852, and endeavored to persuade them that this was not the time and mission upon which he should fall, but to believe that he would at this time be permitted to return again. When the “Luminary” brought the tidings of his death, they exclaimed, ‘Surely, Brother Joseph was a Prophet, for all his words have come to pass.’ Thinking this an incident that should not be lost, I have penned it from the mouth of his eldest daughter and submit it to you and would add that his excessive labor and toil in providing of the company under his charge during the hot weather in June, in the unhealthy climate of St. Louis, predisposed him to that terrible scourge that laid him low, and thus he fell a sacrifice for his brethren.”
Andrew Jensen, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, (Salt Lake City: Western Epics, 1971), 3: 666-667.

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