The little story that follows has been a favorite for many years. It shows a side of Brigham Young that we have not often seen, and gives evidence of a sense of humor but also of the protecting shadow of the Lord hovering over his work and his servants.
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Ephraim Hanks is a remarkable example of a young man’s obedience to spiritual promptings. In the fall of 1856, after he had gone to bed, he heard a voice say to him, “The handcart people are in trouble and you are wanted; will you go and help them?” Without any hesitation he answered, “Yes, I will go if I am called.”
When Joseph F. Smith, son of Patriarch Hyrum Smith, became President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1901, the Church was an obscure sect considered by many or most people to NOT be a Christian religion. His efforts, including his supervision of an unparalleled publication project that would result in 'Jesus the Christ' arguably brought the restored Church "out of darkness".
Isaac Laney was living at Haun's Mill when the attack occurred. The reports of his preservation, like the Alma Smith account, present powerful evidence that even in the midst of a devastating tragedy, the Lord is still overseeing his Saints and his work.
This interview with historian Robin Jensen dives into the question, “What is the relationship between the Book of Abraham and the papyri.” The relationship is difficult to define due to complexities and ambiguities in the available documents. Dealing with the challenges requires faith, but such faith does not require ignoring such challenges.
In some ways, prayer is a most natural thing, the deepest yearnings of our heart cast toward God who is our home. Yet in other ways, we know that too often we are unsure, repetitive, awkward when we pray with a dull sense that nobody is listening. We can identify with Christ’s disciples who pled, “Lord, teach us to pray”. What can be more important to learn? Here is a lesson that may help.
On October 30, 1838, the massacre at Haun’s Mill on Shoal Creek took place. From that event come a number of historical insights, insights about the inhumanity of man, and about the faith of the Saints, and about the love of God. Amanda Smith lost a son and a husband at Haun’s Mill, but she also got in touch with the power of the Lord in a most unusual way.