Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Credited With a Mission


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O. C. Beebe was credited with a mission in 1917, even though he didn’t actually leave home and serve. How did this happen?
a.                  He donated money to the South African mission
b.                  He is responsible for setting up the general church mission fund
c.                   He donated 500 cases of Books of Mormon to his native England
d.                  He paid the mission expenses for five missionaries sent from his ward
Yesterday’s answer:
D   John W. Gunnison
Referring to the September 1851 “runaway” of four government territorial officers assigned to Utah Territory:   Although [Lieutenant John W.] Gunnison’s book did not appear until later in the year, he was in Washington when the “runaways” made their report. “I laugh at their being frightened so easily,” Gunnison wrote to his Mormon friend Albert Carrington. “Some Senators have asked my opinion about the matter, & I told them it was a matter of moonshine, fright and homesickness . . . You Know that I was aware of the feeling entertained about the ‘ladies’ man’ [Perry E. Brocchus], and I told them [the Senators] he was not the one to lecture on chastity under that prejudice—All seemed to think the Judges were more scared than hurt.” Gunnison gave no credence to the rumor he was hearing about the Mormons declaring their independence. “That is of course nonsense,” he judged, and hopefully predicted that the coming years might see Utah admitted as a state in the Union, despite its polygamy and “theo-democracy.” Gunnison was comfortable using—and accepting—the Mormons’ description of their unusual political system.
Ronald W. Walker and Matthew J. Grow, The People Are “Hogafeed or Humbugged”: The 1851-52 National Reaction to Utah’s “Runaway” Officers, Journal of Mormon History, Fall 2014, 38.

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