Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Captain's Promise

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As members of the Willie handcart company were getting ready to leave the ship that carried them to America they held a last meeting with the ship’s captain. What did the captain promise the Saints?
a.                  That he would join the church when he got back to England
b.                  That he would only carry LDS passengers
c.                   That he would purchase their handcarts
d.                  That he would join them in their trek to the Salt Lake Valley
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Victory over selfishness
1856, From Iowa to Wyoming, Willie Company, Jens Nielson:   Upon arriving at the end of the railroad in Iowa, Jens Nielson obtained a victory which to most of us is the most difficult of all, that of parting with money and security. He had the money from the sale of his farm, and unboastfully stated in a letter to his son that he, Jens, had let all of his money go to the Church except enough to buy a handcart, and to stock it with 15 pounds of belongings per person. Thus, he could have obtained wagons, horses, stacks of food and other supplies and traveled west in style and comfort, and early enough to beat the winter. He gained the great victory over selfishness by parting with his life’s savings and demonstrated his unyielding faith so that Saints who had nothing might at least have a handcart. Jens quoted: “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”
Stewart E. Glazier and Robert S. Clark, Journey of the Trail (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1997), 29.

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