Monday, April 22, 2019

A Leap of Faith

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Erastus Snow

What did Joseph Smith encourage Erastus Snow to do, telling him if he did it that all would be alright?
a.            Join the Church
b.            Go on a mission
c.            Defend himself in a trial
d.            Defend the prophet during a trial
Yesterday’s answer:
A   Orson Pratt
From the life of Orson Pratt:   A young missionary, much weakened by his long journey and suffering from the effects of a fever, wandered the streets of Columbus, Ohio, hoping to find lodging for the night. While standing bewildered on the town’s main thoroughfare, he felt impressed to speak to a certain man. The man turned out to be the only member of the Church in Columbus. While lodged at this brother’s home, the missionary was browsing through the Church newspaper, The Messenger and Advocate, and came across an announcement stating that he had been chosen as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Following this item was a request that he be in Kirtland by an appointed day. Leaving immediately, he traveled by stagecoach and managed to arrive at ten o’clock on the morning designated, joining the meeting of the Twelve that was already in session. The other brethren marveled at this timely arrival and told him that they had all prayed, and some had prophesied, that he would be in attendance that day. The new apostle was Orson Pratt, who has ordained one of the original Twelve of this dispensation on the day of his arrival in Kirtland, 26 April 1835.
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 371-372.

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