Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Call after His Mission

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After Henry Lewis returned home from his mission to Great Britain in 1895, what was his first call?
a.                  Collect funds for missionaries
b.                  Collect tithing
c.                   Collect Perpetual Emigration funds
d.                  Collect fast offerings
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Henry William Bigler’s account of the gold discovery in California
From the life of Henry William Bigler:   Mr. Bigler took occasion to make this historic entry in his diary: “Monday, January 24 (1848). This day some kind of metal was found in the tail race that looks like gold, first discovered by James Marshall, boss of the mill.” Six days later, he made the next entry in his journal as follows” “Sunday, 30—Clear and has been all the last week. Our metal has been tried and proves to be gold. It is thought to be rich. We have picked up more than a hundred dollars’ worth last week.” In a most interesting article written for the “Century Magazine” of February, 1891, by Mr. John S. Hittell, a photographic reproduction of this page of the Bigler diary is given, together with pictures of Mr. Bigler, Azariah Smith (and other Battalion member of the party) and also the author of a diary which is confirmatory of Biglers’s entries), Marshall, Sutter and other persons connected with the great event. Hittell says that Mr. Biglers’s is not only the first record that was made of the discovery, but the only one made on the actual date of its occurrence, and from it Marshall’s own account was corrected, he having variously given the days as about the 18th, 19th or 20th of January. Mr. Hittell adds that the Bigler journal, “Kept during this service in the Mormon Battalion and his subsequent stay in California, is one of the most valuable historical documents of the State.”
Andrew Jensen, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, (Salt Lake City: Western Epics, 1971), 3: 599.

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