Monday, September 9, 2019

It Used to be a General Authority Position

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What used to be a General Authority position, but was done away in 1877, shortly after the death of Brigham Young?
a.            President of all ward Relief Societies
b.            President of all Elder Quorums
c.             President of all High Priest Groups
d.            President of all ward Sunday Schools
Yesterday’s answer:
A   That they would arrive safely
From the life of Elizabeth “Betsy” Nicholson Nicol Cunningham:   Elizabeth joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1841. The missionaries made her home their home receiving food, warmth and shelter.
In the Spring of 1856, the Cunningham family had the chance to immigrate to Zion. They were promised if they would live the gospel, all the members of the family would arrive safely in Zion. They made their way to New York, then on to Iowa.
In Iowa, Elizabeth and her family joined the Willey Handcart Company. She faithfully endured the ridicule and persecution as the company passed through many towns and villages.
As they reached Wyoming, in October, the terrible snow storm came. Elizabeth’s second daughter began to fall victim to the lack of food the lack of shelter and the cold. One morning as the camp awoke, the young girl remained motionless and seemingly lifeless. Many felt the child was dead and encouraged the family to cover her and leave her behind. Elizabeth, with broken heart, left her little girl. She remembered the promise given and she convinced James to take her back. They returned to the little one, built a fire, wrapped her in blankets and rubbed her little body patiently. Shortly, the child’s eyelids began to flicker and her feet twitched. Elizabeth had saved her daughter’s life. She grew to a fine woman who raise sixteen children.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 726.

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