Apostle Orson Hyde Dedicates the Holy Land (3 Nephi 5:24; D&C 110:11)
And as surely as the Lord liveth, will he gather in from the four quarters of the earth all the remnant of the seed of Jacob, who are scattered abroad upon all the face of the earth. (3 Nephi 5:24)
During the 18-36 dedication of the Kirtland Temple, Joseph Smith prayed fervently for the gathering of Israel. Several days later Moses appeared in the Kirtland Temple and restored the keys necessary for this gathering to begin ( D&C 110:11).
Four years later Orson Hyde, one of the Apostles of the Church, announced that the Spirit had been witnessing to him for some time that he should go on a mission to the Jews (the people of Judah, one of the tribes of Israel). During the April 18-40 general conference, Joseph Smith called Orson Hyde to go to the European Jews and then to the Holy Land to dedicate it.
On the morning of 24 October 18-41, after having spent several months laboring in Europe and traveling to the Holy Land, Orson Hyde passed through the gates of Jerusalem and climbed the Mount of Olives. Through the spirit of revelation he wrote and offered a dedicatory prayer. In the prayer, he asked the Lord to bless the Holy Land for the gathering of the Jews. He acknowledged that God had given this land to Abraham and his children, that these children were scattered, and that they looked forward to the fulfillment of God's promises. He prayed for the building up of Jerusalem and for the rearing of a temple, and he asked that the land be fruitful. Elder Hyde also prayed that the Lord would strengthen the Church and its leaders. Immediately following this holy experience, he "erected a pile of stones as a witness" to the occasion. (See History of the Church, 4:45-659.)
His work in Jerusalem finished, Elder Hyde started his journey back to the United States. He preached in Egypt and Germany for several months before making his way to England. There he joined a group of British converts traveling to Nauvoo and arrived back home in December 18-42. He had been gone for 32 months, traveled almost 20,000 miles, and overcome great adversity to fulfill this significant mission.
The Prophet Joseph Smith knew that the Holy Land, where Jesus lived when He was on earth, is where the Jewish people would gather in the last days and where a temple would be built. Joseph asked Orson Hyde, one of the Twelve Apostles, to go to the Holy Land. Elder Hyde traveled for over 18 months and thousands of miles to get to Jerusalem. He said a special prayer asking the Lord to bless the land for the gathering of the Jews. He said that God had given this land to Abraham and his children, and he prayed that the land would be fruitful and that a temple would be built. After much time and hardship, Elder Hyde had finally fulfilled his important mission.
Artist, Clark Kelley Price
The Prophet Joseph Loved Children (3 Nephi 9:22; Moroni 8:17)
Wherefore, all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love. (Moroni 8:17)
Joseph Smith tried to keep all of Heavenly Father's commandments. He wanted to be kind to everyone, especially children. Joseph knew that Jesus Christ wants all His disciples to have the faith and humility of little children ( 3 Nephi 9:22). Joseph taught the people about God's love for children (Moroni 8:17) and showed them, through his example, how to treat children.
Joseph loved to be around children and often took time to play with them or help them. One girl, Margarette Burgess, remembered a time when Joseph Smith helped her and her brother, Wallace. They were walking to school on a very muddy road when they got stuck in the mud and could not get out. The harder they tried to get loose, the deeper they went in the mud. They grew very frightened and became worried that they would be forever stuck in the muddy road. They began to cry.
The children saw Joseph coming from his store. He pulled them out of the mud, put them on drier ground, and cleaned the mud from their shoes. The prophet talked to them kindly and used his handkerchief to wipe the tears from their faces. Soon Margarette and Wallace stopped crying and were able to go off to school.
Joseph Smith loved children and enjoyed playing with them and helping them. He taught the people about God's love for children and showed them how to treat them. For example, one day a young sister and brother got stuck in a muddy road and were afraid they would not get out. Joseph came and pulled them out of the mud, cleaned off their shoes, and wiped the tears from their faces.
Artist, Clark Kelley Price
Pioneers Arrive by Ship in San Francisco Bay
At the same time that the pioneers began leaving Nauvoo, 238 members of the Church who lived in New England embarked on a long sea voyage to reach the gathering place of the Saints in the West. They chartered the ship Brooklyn and sailed from New York on 4 February 18-46. They landed at San Francisco, California, which was then called Yerba Buena, on 29 July 18-46. They had made the voyage around Cape Horn in just under six months.
These seafarers took with them a large library, agricultural and mechanical tools and equipment, and a printing press. When they arrived in California, most of the Saints found work. Many helped build up the frontier village of Yerba Buena, and 12 families founded the short-lived agricultural community of New Hope in the San Joaquin Valley. Many of these Saints stayed in California, but nearly 140 members of the company eventually made their way to the Salt Lake Valley and the main body of the Church. (See B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church, 3:28.)
Not all the Saints moved west in covered wagons or handcarts. A group of 238 Saints sailed from New York City in 18-46. Their voyage took them around the tip of South America to San Francisco, California. This trip, aboard the ship Brooklyn, took about six months. They arrived in California a year before the first pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. Some of these Saints stayed in California and helped build up San Francisco and other communities; others later went on to the Salt Lake Valley.
Artist, Arnold Friberg
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