Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The “Runaways”

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When the four government officials “ranaway” from Utah in 1851 and started spreading their falsehoods about the Church in Washington D.C, the Saints received help from an unexpected source to douse the stories. Who came to the Saints rescue?
a.                  Lilburn W. Boggs
b.                  Martin Van Buren
c.                   Thomas L. Kane
d.                  John W. Gunnison
Yesterday’s answer:
B   In the next life
Daniels [William P.], as a tailor in Mowbray, nearby Capetown, became a singular figure in the history of black Mormonism in South Africa. A tailor by trade, Daniels and his wife, Alice, also rented riding horses and ran a horse-drawn taxi company. After meeting his first Mormon elder, Elder Alfred J. Gowers, Daniels was impressed by the missionary’s devotion: “He had come 13,000 miles to preach the Gospel, and was not receiving a penny. . . . This struck me very forcibly, and I compared his position with that of my minister who was earning a comfortable if not fat salary and was living in a house given him free by the congregation.” In 1915, Daniels traveled to Utah to meet Church President Joseph F. Smith in person; Smith willingly gave a blessing to Daniels by the laying on of hands, assuring him that someday he would receive the priesthood. The blessing touched Daniels: “Someday,” he told fellow Saints, “perhaps in the next life, he would be able to hold the priesthood.” When he asked what Smith wanted him to tell his countrymen about Mormonism, including the priesthood ban, Smith told him: “Tell them the truth.”
Russell W. Stevenson, Sonia’s Awakening: White Mormon Expatriates in Africa and the Dismantling of Mormonism’s Racial Consensus, 1852-1978, Journal of Mormon History, Fall 2014, 215.

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