Friday, September 27, 2019

A Promise Under the Hands of the Priesthood

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Langley Allgood Bailey was promised in a Priesthood blessing that she would make it to the Salt Lake Valley, in spite of what?
a.                  A doctor’s prognosis that she wouldn’t
b.                  Struck by lightning
c.                   Kidnapped by the Natives
d.                  Trampled in a buffalo stampede
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Caused by weather while with the Martin Handcart Company
November 1856, near Martin’s Cove, Martin Company, Margaret Pucell:   Samuel and Margaret Pucell and their two daughters were in the Martin Company. On the way Margaret became ill, so had to ride in the handcart part of the way. Her husband grew so weary and weakened from the lack of food that this additional burden caused him to slip and fall one day as he crossed a river. Having to travel in the cold, wintry weather with wet clothing he, too, became ill and died from hunger and exposure. His wife died five days later, leaving ten-year-old Ellen and fourteen-year-old Maggie orphans. . . . Many died and many others suffered from frozen limbs, and among them the Pucell girls, both having balky frozen feet and legs. . . . When shoes and stockings were removed from the girls’ feet the skin came off. Although Maggie’s legs were frozen, she would not allow them to do more than scrape the flesh off the bones, but Ellen’s were so bad they had to be amputated just below the knees. The girls stayed in Salt Lake waiting for their wounds to heal. Later they lived in Parowan for a while, then on the Cedar, where both married and reared families, although Ellen Pucell (Unthanks) went on her knee-stubs all her life.
Stewart E. Glazier and Robert S. Clark, Journey of the Trail (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1997), 96.

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