Saturday, October 19, 2019

Prior to Melvin Ballard’s Birth

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Prior to Melvin Ballard’s birth, his mother, Margaret Ballard, heard a voice. What did the voice tell her?
a.                   Her son would become an apostle in the Church
b.                   Her son would become a great scholar
c.                   Her son would serve many missions
d.                   She would have a son
Yesterday’s answer:
A   Keturah’s nursing baby started singing
From the life of Keturah Eliza Button Andrews:   Keturah and her husband, Charles, were blessed with three daughters born in New York before they moved to Kirtland, Ohio. In Kirtland, they were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They later moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, with the main body of the Church when they were driven from their home. In 1846, they were again driven from their home in Nauvoo.  
At the time they were leaving, Nauvoo, her husband was in charge of a group of Saints that had camped in Iowa. They became surrounded by a large band of men who inquired for their leader. Charles stepped forward to answer. The mob told him to prepare his group to prepare to be gunned down. Charles did so, but asked if he could sing a song first, and sang all seven verses of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” He sang another song and then another. During the third song, Keturah was nursing her youngest child. The child suddenly stopped sucking and began to sing along with its father. The leader was so stunned that a nursing child would do such a thing and that one so young could sing, he lowered his gun and told his men to depart and leave the Mormons in peace.
The family had bought a pan of potato sprouts and planted them. After they were harvested, Keturah, cleaned them, and after they were cooked she added plenty of water and thickened it with bran. They all sat down and ate to their heart’s content, and for the first time since coming to Utah, they had all they wanted to eat.
Keturah was blessed with the ability to “speak in tongues.” Although her ancestry has no Native American in it, she often fed the Indians when they came by, and her children have written of them being amazed at her ability to sit with them under a tree outside their house, and talk with them in their native tongue.
International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, (Publishers Press, 1998), 1: 91.

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