On April 15, the Morgan SUP met for their monthly meeting at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn.
Ron Ray reported on the Pioneer of the Month: Alexander Dawson, his great great grandfather born in Scotland in 1837. At age 14, Dawson went to sea as a cabin boy. In South Africa, he jumped ship, was given a Book of Mormon to read and shortly after was baptized. When he was recognized by the captain on a return trip, he was thrown in jail.
A young woman named Elizabeth would visit the boys in jail, and later married Alexander in 1860. One month later he joined other Mormons on a three month journey to America. They joined a wagon train going West, arriving in Salt Lake on Oct. 5, 1860. They set up their camp where the City and County Building now stands, and settled in Coalville in 1872.
After dinner, three members shared inspiring stories. Jim Hurst shared stories from his recent mission to the Europe East Area. Late one night he received a call from the Baltic mission president’s wife. A sister missionary had a manic episode because of a bi-polar disorder. Elder Hurst asked her to report on what she had done. He said her handling of the situation made him think he was in a psychology seminar listening to an advanced doctoral student give an excellent report. She wept as she had never had a minute of training and just did what the Spirit directed her to do.
Jim also reported an incident during a visit to the Armenian Mission in Yerevan. President Dunn had just assigned six missionaries as the first to teach the gospel in the nation of Georgia. Russia had just invaded, so the elders were in danger as the Russian troops approached the city. They called late one night after hearing sounds of combat approaching. Dunn immediately drove 200 miles to retrieve his missionaries. He was waived through a border security checkpoint without delay, past a long line of waiting vehicles. The same thing occurred at several other checkpoints. As they drove out of town, they observed artillery explosions several hundred yards to their rear. They made it safely back in spite of war preparations and security checkpoints.
Richard Wiscombe then told of his experience in Saudi Arabia. He said the Muslim faith and its people have a lot in common with Christianity and Judaism. He went to the LDS church in Saudi but when word got out about church members, they would be interrogated, imprisoned or sent back to America. However, when members were interrogated, they all told about the Restoration, so the government finally stopped this practice. They were told to destroy their Bibles, but instead distributed them to others not on the government list of known church members.
Chad Green reported briefly on his mission to Nauvoo. There were 27 homes, sites or trades re-enacted or reconstructed. On their mission they gave tours and worked with teams of horses, which he loved very much.