A Young Folks' History of the Church HTML version
that the brethren should never desert the poor Saints, but that they should help them to
escape from their persecutors. A great many brethren agreed to this, and that winter and
spring the move eastward to Illinois continued. They did not travel in large bodies, but in
small companies as they got ready. Not one family who wished to go was left behind.
The sufferings of that winter journey cannot be told you here. Many died on the way
through exposure and hardships. The mobs would not let them alone even when they
were leaving as fast as they could. Mobs often rode into Far West, abused the people,
stole horses, drove off cattle and took anything that pleased them. The Saints traded their
farms for horses and wagons in which to get away. Sometimes fine farms were nearly
given away. It is told of one brother that he sold forty acres of good land for a blind mare
and a clock.
July 8, 1838, the Lord gave a revelation wherein he called the Twelve Apostles to go on a
mission to England. The Twelve were to take leave of the Saints at the temple site in Far
West, April 26, 1839. (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 118.) This time had now come, but it seemed
impossible that it could be carried out, as most of the Saints had left Far West and the
mobbers swore that this was a revelation that should not be fulfilled. They would kill the
first Apostle that came into the place, they said.
However, seven of the Twelve arrived at Far West the night before the 26th, and early
next morning they went to the temple lot, rolled a large stone to the southeast corner of
the temple grounds as a foundation, and then proceeded to hold a meeting. Elders Wilford
Woodruff and George A. Smith were then ordained Apostles, the brethren prayed and
sang and then dismissed the meeting, bidding good-bye to the eighteen Saints present.
Not a mobber was astir that morning, and the word of the Lord was again fulfilled.
Topics.—1. Governor Boggs' exterminating order. 2. Betrayal of Joseph and his brethren.
3. Adam-ondi-Ahman. 4. Departure from Far West. 5. The meeting of the Twelve at Far
Questions and Review.—1. How did the mob make the people believe that the
"Mormons" were burning houses, etc.? 2. What reports were brought to Governor Boggs?
3. What was the exterminating order? 4. What kinds of "soldiers" surrounded Far West?
5. What did Colonel Hinkle do? 6. What kind of court did General Lucas have to try
Joseph and his brethren? 7. What was their sentence? 8. Why was it not carried out? 9.
What did General Clark say in his speech? 10. Where was Adam-ondi-Ahman? 11. Why
was it so called? 12. What did Brigham Young now do? 13. Tell about the meeting held
at Far West, April 26, 1839.