Thursday, October 10, 2019

Instilling Fear

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Annie Kershaw

Annie Kershaw recollected that she and some other children found a plum tree while traveling on the Mormon trail and lagged behind the remainder of the group to enjoy the fruit. What did their Company Captain do to scare them back with the remainder of the group?
a.                  Sent Indians to scare them
b.                  Dressed up as an indian
c.                   Cracked his whip at them
d.                  Shot his gun over their heads
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Spencer W. Kimball
From the life of Russell Marion Nelson:   Surprisingly, several years later, in 1972, Dr. Nelson performed that very same operation on President Kimball. Again, Elder Nelson received a strong witness of the power of the priesthood. He said that in a blessing given by President Harold B. Lee preceding the operation, “I was promised that the operation would be performed without error, that all would go well, and that I need not fear for my own inadequacies, for I had been raised up by the Lord to perform this operation.” At the conclusion of the surgery another powerful testimony came to Elder Nelson: “I had a sure witness as I was standing there that the man I had just operated on world become the President of the Church!” Elder Nelson was surprised by this revelation because Joseph Fielding Smith was president of the Church, and Harold B. Lee, next in line, was a much younger and apparently more healthy man that President Kimball. After seven years as stake president, eight years as general Sunday School president, and five years as a regional representative, Russell M. Nelson was called to the Twelve in April 1984.
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 531-532. 

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