Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Moving the Border

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In the early 1860s, the eastern Nevada border was moved further east taking in what used to be Utah Territory. Some of the Saints were caught in the border change. What did the State of Nevada want from the Saints as a result of the border change?
a.                  Move out of the area
b.                  Back taxes for all the years they lived in the area
c.                   More Saints to populate the area
d.                  For the Saints to move onto the Native reservations
Yesterday’s answer:
C   A mother trying to kill her child
From the life of Elizabeth Tantam Bull:   She was married to Daniel Bull in Birmingham in 1840. Sometime later she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without the knowledge of her husband. When he discovered what she had done he was very angry at first, but just one week later (1844) joined, himself and became, forever after, a most loyal defender of the faith.
In 1845, she came to Nauvoo, with her husband, and went through the persecutions incident to those trying times. During the battle of Nauvoo, while her husband was away helping to fight the mob, she stayed alone with her children in a log house around which the bullets were flying like hail. Going out on the porch for some clothes, she narrowly escaped being hit by a bullet which just grazed her head. So, running back, she seized her children and took refuge in the cellar until the fighting was over.
In 1848, they moved to Quincy, Illinois, where they had the misfortune to lose two of their three children.
One day, while in Quincy, Daniel heard a little child screaming dreadfully. Upon going out to see what was wrong, he saw a woman stooping over a rain barrel. Thinking the woman was trying to save the child, he went to the rescue; but to his horrified surprise, he found she was trying to drown it. He asked that she give the little one to him which she gladly consented to do. Adoption papers were made out and the child became theirs.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1:413.

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