Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Meg's Book - Chapter XXVI-B - Eternity and Time

Trivia - Once upon a time Mr. Right was engaged to the beautiful daughter of an apostle. But it was during the depression, so Mr. Right made the decision to delay marrying his beloved.

Then one day Mr. Right received a note where his beloved told him she had married another man. But hope lived in Mr. Right's heart, because the husband of his beloved was not a church going man. So, while the beloved had married another, she was not sealed to her husband.

In time Mr. Right married, but his wife died in childbirth. Mr. Right took his daughter to the beloved and begged her to be the mother of his child. But the husband of the beloved advised against it, because the beloved was herself the mother of many children and recovering from a dire illness.

The decades passed and still the beloved lived and still the man she was married to refused to take her to the temple. So hope continued to burn in the heart of Mr. Right. In his old age, Mr. Right knew that he was dying. He bared his soul to the wife of his maturity and told her of his love for his beloved. "If my beloved is willing to marry me, will you free me for time so that I can become her husband?" And the wife of Mr. Right agreed. But when Mr. Right put his proposal to the beloved, he learned that his hope had been vain. For the beloved was unwilling to leave her husband for Mr. Right.

Mr. Right died. And eventually the husband of the beloved died. And one year after their grandfather's death, the grandchildren of the beloved came to her. Grandmother, we want you to be sealed to our grandfather, they said. And so the beloved was sealed to her husband of over 60 years.

The month before the beloved died, her grand-daughter asked the truth about Mr. Right. For the grand-daughter was a nosy so and so who liked to know the truth of things. Thus it was that the grand-daughter obtained the dying testimony of the beloved that Mr. Right's intentions were innocent, merely kind words from an old friend.


Pat said...

Very well done, bringing a number of issues to the fore and making a good case for what happened. How interesting it would have been if Emma had been sealed for life to JH.

daughterofheaven said...

I thought it was interesting to note that almost 6000 individuals received the ordinance of the endowment while the temple was open for those two months. But in the four final days after the announcement about the (now known to be fictional) invading army, over 2000 individuals received the endowment. I wonder what it would have been like to have 500+ people crammed into those upper rooms... wow.

ktb said...

I think that was another outstanding chapter, and the humour in italics was well placed (i.e. forty years, thrilling, etc.). If the announcement of the invading army was fictional, is it known who created the fiction?

daughterofheaven said...

Governor Ford was the one who sent the letter, according to one of the history courses (tried relocating it to send you the URL, but couldn't - I have the hard copy of the manual at home). One of the other fictional treatments of Nauvoo alleged that Sam Brannen carried the news, but he was in New York at the time in real history. I have a friend in the congregation who spoke about the business of the 'invading army' during a sacrament meeting when I was young - I'll see if I can't tap him during conference this weekend.

Governor Ford was trying to keep people from getting killed. And though the announcement of the army was fictional, it served the purpose of getting the Mormons out of Illinois where a mob of over 1000 with two cannon did later rise up to attack the decimated (literally) population (less than 100 men) remaining in Sep 1846.

Of note - Joseph Heywood was one of the three men allowed to stay behind after the Sept mob attack. And Mary Bell (age 8 at the time) and Sarah Vary (age 63) stayed there with him. So in my fiction, if I choose, I can have them tell of the sack of Nauvoo.

Pat said...

I thought the army was on their way up the Mississippi and got frozen in by the same weather that allowed the saints to cross the river on the ice. That was the import of the talk that you remember, and the speaker was working at the Library of Congress at the time. What are your sources that the info is false?

daughterofheaven said...

Oh - my source that it was false is the CES manual on church history. I'll corner my Library of Congress source this weekend and get the skinny.

daughterofheaven said...

The manual is the "Religion 341–343, Church History in the Fulness of Times Student Manual" available at under the "Institute Manuals" tab. Look at chapter 24, page 306. The discussion of the Governor Ford letter has a footnote that reads "31. Derived from Arrington, Brigham Young: American Moses, pp. 126–27; Allen and Leonard, Story of the Latter-day Saints, p. 220."

Something else I came across while browsing the manual, looking at the treatment of polygamy:

"Dr. Ellis Shipp, herself a plural wife, believed that without polygamy she would never have had the time nor been able to leave her children in the careful care of loved sister-wives to pursue her medical degree. She graduated from medical school in Philadelphia in 1878, becoming the second Utah woman doctor. She also did graduate work at the University of Michigan Medical School.

"While mothering her own ten (!!) children, Dr. Shipp delivered over six thousand babies in her sixty years of practice. Sister Shipp served as a member of the general board of the Relief Society from 1898 to 1907."

I'm curious to see if they note that the first woman elected to a state senate was a plural wife - who was running against her own husband. I think her last name was Cannon.

piet hein said...


Two types that had far better
leave to their betters
the civilized art
of exchanging letters
are those who disdain
to make any response,
and those who infallibly
answer at once.

daughterofheaven said...

Here's a version of the knee bouncing rhyme I found on the internet (the version I put in the chapter has elements that *I* made up, so couldn't have been authentic):

This is the way the ladies ride: clippety, clippety, clop
This is the way the gentlemen ride: trippety, trippety, trot
This is the way the farmer rides: bumpety, bumpety, bump
This is the way the huntsman rides: a gallop, a gallop, a gallop, a gallop, over the hedge and into the ditch!


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