Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Offered $24, but Only Taking $3

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In 1854 the Boren family had plenty of wheat to sell in the Salt Lake Valley. Who offered them $24 a bushel, but they refused and sold to the Saints for $3 a bushel?
a.                  The U.S. army
b.                  Indians
c.                   Gold seekers
d.                  Utah Territorial government officials
Yesterday’s answer:
D   An angel
While living in Pontusuc, Illinois, in 1843, Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner suffered from chills and a fever. She prayed to get well, but her doctor told her there was no hope. One night she dreamed “that an angel came to me and said if I would go to Nauvoo and call for a Brother Cutler, that worked on the temple, to administer to me, I should be healed.” Her husband immediately accompanied her to Nauvoo, and they found Alpheus Cutler, whom they had never met. “He administered to me” through pronouncing a blessing of healing by the laying on of hands, “and I got up and walked to the fire, alone. In two weeks I was able to take care of my children.” Through a miracle, Cutler had healed Lightner from what appeared to be a terminal illness. While this healing is important, Lighter’s dream of an angel parallels Joseph Smith’s visions leading to the translation of the Book of Mormon. Lightner’s belief that the dream was legitimate was probably influenced by her profound belief in the visions of Joseph Smith.
Katherine Sarah Massoth, “Writing An Honorable Remembrance: Nineteenth-Century LDS Women’s Autobiography,” Journal of Mormon History, Spring 2013, 129.

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