Saturday, April 20, 2019

Giving up a Life of Wealth

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Which future General Authority gave up a life of wealth to serve as a counsellor in the Presiding Bishopric?
a.                  LeGrand Richards
b.                  Anthon H. Lund
c.                   Henry Thorpe Beal Isaacson
d.                  Marion Romney
Yesterday’s answer:
D   10,000
From the life of Daniel Hanmer Wells:   While serving as president of the British Mission, President Wells was once almost trampled to death by an anti-Mormon mob and was saved only by the intervention of a strong young missionary who pulled him to safety. Three times he was imprisoned by enemies of the Church—once on a trumped-up murder charge for the death of a man who had been killed in Echo Canyon when Brother Wells was in charge of a military encampment there; once on his own volition when he accompanied Brigham Young to prison (the prophet was unjustly held in contempt of court); and the third time on a charge of contempt of court for refusing to disclose the details of the temple ceremony in connection with a polygamy trial. When Daniel H. Wells emerged from the prison after his two day sentence for the latter charge, a crowd of ten thousand greeted him with flags and cheers, showing their respect for the much-loved leader. President Gordon B. Hinckley’s father observed, “No mistreatment or disappointment could harden his heart, and he knew something of both. His hospitality was boundless—it impoverished him. His welcome was warm and sincere, and was often imposed upon.”
Elder Wells’ character is well demonstrated by a response he gave in court when asked to break the secrecy oath of his temple covenants. He declined to answer the question because of his sacred obligations and stated: “It has been and is a principle of my life never to betray a friend, my religion, my country or my God.” No greater tribute could be paid him than to say that he lived up to this affirmation of loyalty.
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 256-257.

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