Saturday, October 12, 2019

A Particularly Dangerous Time

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John Druce

Pioneer, John Druce stated that what was a dangerous time to be traveling to Zion?
a.                  The Utah War
b.                  The War of 1812
c.                   The Civil War
d.                  The Blackhawk War
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Her minister
From the life of Magdalena Schneider Reiser:   At the age of twenty, while visiting friends in Thun she first heard the true gospel of Jesus Christ expounded and became converted to it against the wishes of her parents and associates. When it was found that nothing could shake her faith in her religion, her minister of the old faith asked that she be refrained from associating with her former friends and leave her home town, or give up her religion. Never thinking that she would leave her home for any creed, the sorrow among her loved ones was great indeed, when she showed them that she chose the gospel before everything else. She spent four years in sorrowful banishment from her home, during which she frequently saved the Elders from bodily harm, and as she gave the greater part of her earnings to her invalid mother, she almost despaired of ever emigrating to Utah. But on a certain occasion in the fall of 1860, after walking 18 miles to meeting, one of the Elders, who knew of an invalid sister that needed a companion on the voyage to America, offered her the position. As her mother had recently died, Sister Magdalena gladly embraced the opportunity and after a rough voyage across the North Sea, she reached England, and thence crossed the Atlantic in the ship “Underwriter.” She walked all the way from Florence to G. S. L. Valley, traveling with an ox train. While on the plains she narrowly escaped death by Indians. Driving a cow and falling a short distance behind the rest of the company, she fell asleep while resting in the shade of a tree and on awaking she found that the rest of the company had gone out of sight. She prayed earnestly to the Lord and her prayer was answered by one of the brethren coming back to look for her. A few minutes after they had joined the company four or five Indians were seen galloping along the trail and they stopped at the very point where she had been lagging behind. She always after that felt that her life had been spared so that she might devote it to the benefit of her fellow man and to serve the Lord.
Jenson, Andrew, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jensen History Company, 1914), 2: 426-427.

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