Monday, April 1, 2019

Giving Luman the Solution

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When Luman Shirtliff was asked how he would cross the ocean to his field of labor in Europe, he stated he didn’t know. The individual then told him he would convert the sea captain and this is how he would be able to cross. Who was the individual that provided Luman with this information?
a.                  The Patriarch
b.                  His Bishop
c.                   The Prophet
d.                  His mother
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Provided their personal furniture and carpets for the Nauvoo temple
From the life of Nathaniel Henry Felt:   After carefully investigating “Mormonism,” however, he was converted and baptized a Latter-day Saint; his wife also joined the Church. In the winter of 1843-44 he was appointed president of the Salem branch. During this period he became acquainted with such men as Brigham Young, Orson Pratt and Heber C. Kimball, who were frequent and welcome visitors at his home, and left it the morning that word was received of the martyrdom of the Prophet and the Patriarch, Joseph and Hyrum Smith. He had been advised by President Young to remain at Salem for the present; but as the clouds gathered around Nauvoo, and the mobs grew more threatening, he determined to join the main body of the Church at that place. Accordingly, on the 5th of June, 1845, after closing out his business at a great sacrifice, he with his wife and son, Joseph Henry, set out for Nauvoo. There he entered into business and continued his labors in the ministry, being ordained one of the presidents of the 29th quorum of Seventy. Meantime the completion of the Nauvoo Temple was being hurried on, and his baggage having arrived from Salem, by way of New Orleans, some of his furniture, such as carpets, tables, chairs, sofa and mirrors were used to furnish the sacred house preparatory to the performance of ordinances therein. He took part in the defense of Nauvoo and was under fire as well as on regular guard duty. Through over-exertion in assisting the remnant of his co-religionists across the Mississippi, after the departure of the vanguard—which he was preparing to follow—he was taken down with fever and ague, and his physical condition became such that he was counseled to take his wife, then almost an invalid, to St. Louis and postpone his journey to the West. Accordingly he turned over his wagon outfit to John Taylor, one of the Twelve Apostles, and with his wife and two sons proceeded to St. Louis, arriving there early in November. Feb. 14, 1847, he was appointed president of the St. Louis conference, then numbering from seven to ten thousand Latter-day Saints, and the only organized conference in the United States. St. Louis was not only a gathering place to the Saints driven from Nauvoo, where they went to remain until a more permanent place was selected by the pioneers, but it because the outfitting point for those traveling westward, and also where the missionaries, still sent out by the Church, looked for and received substantial assistance to take them on their journey, both going and returning. At that point the immigration Saints were received from foreign lands, by water from New Orleans, and there secured their outfits for the crossing of the plains. Upon Nathaniel H. Felt devolved almost entirely the duty of advising these immigrants, purchasing outfits and supplies for them, and chartering the necessary steamboats to take them to Kanesville. It was always a matter of congratulation with him that no accident occurred to and no scourge of sickness prevailed on any of the vessels thus engaged by him. There were instances, however, in which steam boats were secured by other persons, contrary to his advice, and in one of  these instances, as soon as he learned of it, he went to the wharf and urged the Saints to come ashore, telling them the boat was unsafe. Many took his advice, while others remained on board, and the steamer had hardly left her moorings when she blew up, several lives being lost, and much baggage destroyed. . . In 1848 President Felt took his family on a visit to their old home in Massachusetts, where he was received very kindly by friends and relatives, and every inducement offered him, but without avail, to induce him to give up “Mormonism” and remain. After his return to St. Louis the city was visited by that terrible scourge, the cholera. Every morning was heard from the “dead wagon,” as it passed around, the awful cry, “Bring out your dead.” Accompanying these wagons were immunes, who would enter, take the corpses, sometimes without any preparation, to the vehicles, and thence to the cemetery, where they were buried in trenches, hundreds at a time. The president of the conference was constantly called for by the afflicted people and responded by visiting, administering to and comforting them, scarcely taking time to eat or sleep. While many thousands of the citizens died, and many of the Saints were attacked, not one of the latter died through this scourge at that time. During the great fire which followed, not one of the Saints was burned out, although, as in the case of President Felt, the fire came right up to their houses. He lived in a frame building, and the fire, skipping it, destroyed a brick building opposite. The conflagration while it swept away much property, was looked upon as a great scavenger, which purified the city after the plague.
Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Company, 1914), 381-382.

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