Sunday, November 10, 2019

Service in Spite of her Handicap


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Martha Brian was baptized as an 8 year old in the Missouri River in 1851. She lived a life of service in Utah and with time eventually lost her eyesight. Even though she was blind, what did she do to support the war cause during WW I?
a.                  Bought war bonds
b.                  Knit socks for the soldiers
c.                   Worked in an ammunition factory
d.                  Made care packages for the soldiers
Yesterday’s answer:
A   He claimed equality with whites
[Elijah] Able’s approach rankled some of his missionary associates. Convinced that he could be the “welding link” between the races, Ables felt comfortable speaking with white men on terms of equality. In June 1839, many of Able’s missionary associates, many of them also Seventies, complained at a quorum meeting in Quincy about Able’s alleged behavior. His primary errors were threefold: (1) he claimed “that an elder was a High Priest and he had as much authority as any H[igh] P[riest]”; (2) he taught “that there would be stakes of Zion in all the world”; and (3) “he commanded some of the brethren from Canada to flee from there by such a time saying that if they did not cross the river St. Lawrence then they could not get into the States.” One associate, Christopher Merkeley, also accused Ables of “threatening to [knock him] down . . . on their passage up Lake Ontario.” Joseph had escaped from Missouri only two months earlier, and the refugee Saints were struggling to establish their new city, Nauvoo, on the Mississippi River. He was likely in no mood to take action that did not help solve the immediate crises of food and shelter for his people.
Katherine Sarah Massoth, “Writing An Honorable Remembrance: Nineteenth-Century LDS Women’s Autobiography,” Journal of Mormon History, Spring 2013, 193-195.

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