Tuesday, October 21, 2008

For any of you that don't know, we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, LDS, or "Mormon" as you may hear. Adam and I have been reading a lot of interesting things in our recent study, and I wanted to share a powerful story that is in the book "Our Heritage" that is a brief history of our church.
"At Adam-ondi-Ahman, 20-year-old Benjamin F. Johnson was spared a fate at the hands of a Missourian who was determined to shoot him. Benjamin had been arrested and kept under guard for eight days in intensely cold weather before an open campfire. While sitting on a log, a "brute" came up to him with a rifle in his hands and said, "You give up Momonism right now, or I'll shoot you." Benjamin decisively refused, upon which the ruffian took deliberate aim at him and pulled the trigger. The gun failed to discharge. Cursing fearfully, the man declared that he had "used the gun 20 years and it had never before missed fire." Examining the lock, he reprimed the weapon and again aimed and pulled the trigger-without effect.
Following the same procedure, he tried a third time, but the result was the same. A bystander told him to "fix up his gun a little" and then "you can kill the cuss all right." So for a fourth and final time the would-be murderer prepared, even putting a fresh load. However, Benjamin declared, "This time the gun bursted and killed the wretch on the spot." One of the Missourians was heard to say, "You'd better not try to kill that man."

3 comments:

Lohra said...

I've often wondered what I would do in a situation like that...I also find myself wondering about Thanksgiving. The actual holiday. I don't know what David and I are doing but I know we're not going home. :) I'm not sure that's ever happened. I'm sure you guys will be around? I hope?

Parker said...

Hi Andrea! It is so fun to see how you are doing through your blog! I read your post today and Benjamin F. Johnson is actually Ryan's great, great (don't know how many greats) grandpa. I hope everything is going well for you!

Camille

Dan and Jen said...

Cool story. I love little historic tidbits like that. I hope your cute family is doing well.