A Young Folks' History of the Church
The next day, June 22nd, Sheriff Gillium of Clay county came into camp. He also wanted
to know what the camp was going to do. Joseph explained to him. In order to get back
their lands and live in peace, the Saints proposed to buy the lands from those who could
not live with them in Jackson county, but nothing came of this and other offers that were
made to settle the trouble.
This same day an important revelation was given through the prophet. The brethren were
told that the Lord did not want them to fight, and that they must wait for a time before
Zion should be redeemed.
During the march of the camp, some of the brethren had found fault and had not listened
to the counsels of the prophet. Joseph had told them that if they did not repent, sickness
would come into the camp and many would die. This was now fulfilled. On June 22nd,
that dread disease called the cholera appeared in the camp. When you are told that during
the next four or five days sixty-eight of the brethren took the disease and thirteen died,
you may perhaps imagine what a terrible time they had.
On June 23rd they marched into Clay county and camped on Rush creek, where two days
later the camp was disbanded. For two weeks Joseph labored among the Saints and then
he returned to Kirtland. Most of the others also went back to their homes in the east about
the same time.
Topics.—1. Organizing Zion's camp. 2. March of Zion's camp. 3. The camp on Fishing
river. 4. The scourge.
Questions and Review.—1. What was Parley P. Pratt and Lyman Wight's mission to
Kirtland? 2. What instruction did the Lord give them? (See Doc. and Cov., sec. 103.) 3.
How was Zion's camp organized? 4. What was its object? 5. Through what states did it
march? 6. What were Joseph's teachings about kindness to animals? 7. What was the fate
of James Campbell? 8. How were the brethren saved from their enemies on Fishing river?
9. What did the brethren propose to the citizens of Jackson? 10. Why did the scourge
come upon the camp? 11. What revelation was given on Fishing river? 12. Where and
when was Zion's camp disbanded?