After my first wife, Lucy, died in 1836, I remarried and lived in Kirtland with my new family. When the Saints were driven from Kirtland, I took upon myself the job of caretaker of the Kirtland Temple. Years later, visiting missionaries eventually convinced my wife and me that we should go to Utah. I later changed my mind about going ( because I was 73 years old ), but I encouraged my wife to take the children and go to Utah. I told her that I would come later.1  
     
  What did you do after your
second wife went to Utah ?
 
     
  I stayed in Kirtland for 13 more years, until another missionary ( my nephew ) encouraged me to join my family in Utah. I missed them greatly and agreed to go. Brigham Young raised the money for my trip and I arrived in Utah in 1870. Brigham Young invited me to speak in General Conference that year and I stayed in Utah with my family for the remainder of my life. I took advantage of every opportunity
possible to bear my testimony of the Truthfulness
of the Book of Mormon. 2
 

 

1 James ; “ The Man Who Knew,” Pgs 167, 169
2 Ludlow ; “ Encyclopedia of Mormonism,” Pgs 574-576, Ricks ; “ The Case of the Book of Mormon Witnesses,” Page 18

 

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