The feelings then are still present today. I have been to Nauvoo twice
in the past year, and both times met up with people who absolutely hate
us. I'm not sure they even know why they do, except it has been taught
to them to hate. As I stood looking across the mighty Mississippi, I
tried to imagine the Saints crossing with wagons and horses. It was
incomprehensible to me. I get nervous driving over that river on a
bridge. Then, on the Iowa side, I looked over and saw what the Saints
must have seen--the beautiful Nauvoo temple, shining and beautiful. I
cannot begin to imagine what it must have been like to work so hard to
build that edifice, only to have to leave it behind. In fact, it was
finished and dedicated after many Saints had already left Nauvoo. I
can't be so sure that I would not have stayed behind with Emma--she had
already suffered so much loss.
It is unfortunate that such hatred exists--but it did then and it still
does. If anyone read the article link I sent the other day, then you
know that such hatred still exists. A few months ago we discussed here,
briefly, Pres. Hinckley's allusion to our season of relative comfort
coming to an end. At the April 2001 General Conference, he mentioned the
relative peace we lived in, and the fact there were no big wars. Of
course we know what happened less than a month before the Oct 2001
conference. At that conference GBHinckley talked very strongly about the
evil that still exists in the world today. He emphasized over and over
the value of our testimonies and faith. Especially our faith.
I still remember hearing him speak and thinking to myself that we are
going to, again, be a persecuted people. I doubt it will be in the same
manner it was then--our country has laws now against such things, but I
believe it will happen nonetheless. I still have people who have known
me for years give me the strangest look and turn their backs when they
find out I am a Mormon. I much prefer those who find out and joke with
me about which wife I am. At least I have something on which to build.
But those who say nothing and just walk away. . .
On Fri, 08 Aug 2003 11:48:36 -0800 "John W. Redelfs"
<[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> I've been reading THE STORY OF THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS by James B.
> Allen and
> Glen M. Leonard, and I just read the part where the saints were
> forced to
> leave Nauvoo in February, 1846, months before their planned
> departure in
> April. I was especially moved by the story of the saints who were
> too poor
> to make the trek, but who were forced across the river
> nevertheless. Reading this history, I just can't help feeling a
> resentment towards the American people who either persecuted the
> saints or
> looked the other way while they were persecuted.
> Over a thousand saints died on the trail that first winter, the
> winter of
> 1846-47. Disgusting.
> John W. Redelfs [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> "There is no place in this work for those who believe only
> in the gospel of doom and gloom. The gospel is good
> news. It is a message of triumph." --Gordon B. Hinckley
> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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