Saturday, June 22, 2019

Volunteering for the Battalion

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Martha Draper had three children volunteer for the Mormon Battalion. What sex were they?
a.                  Three boys
b.                  Two boys, one girl
c.                   Two girls, one boy
d.                  Three girls
Yesterday’s answer:
A   Sold clothes and cookies
From the life of Rachel Morris Davies:   In 1843, the first missionary from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, William Henshaw, assigned to Wales arrived. Without any knowledge of the Welsh language, he proclaimed his message in English and hoped some would understand. The William Rees Davies family were his first converts and they were baptized on February 19, 1843 with William, Rachel and two sons being baptized that day, and a daughter was baptized three months later. William, and Perhaps others in the family, must have known some English and recognized the truths when they heard Elder Henshaw speak. William fulfilled a mission in his native Wales before emigrating to Zion, being the first to preach in the Welsh language.
Rachel provided for the family while William was on his mission by running a cookie shop. They lived in the back of a wealthy family’s home, and the lady of the house would throw away her dirty clothes. Rachel would gather them up, wash and iron them, and sell them back to the same lady.
Music was an important part of family life in their home. William had a wonderful voice and was asked to sing for the Queen of England on three different occasions. Rachel was a lovely woman who lived the Gospel and loved to sing the songs of Zion. She did her sewing by hand; she never saw a washboard until she came to America, and she always did her washing by rubbing the clothes between her hands.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 766-767.

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