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name; I never want to change it; do you, Jennetta ?" "No; I do not,” was her reply, "and I think I never will."
After a time they were married, and thus another of Brother Kimball's prophecies came true.
When the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum were martyred, Brother Willard Richards and Apostle John Taylor were with them in Carthage jail. The mob were at the door, trying to get in, Elders Taylor and Richards standing on the inside, parrying off the guns with their walking sticks. When the Prophet fell from the window, Brother Richards rushed to it and in spite of the danger, looked out to see what had become of his beloved leader. The mob were still shooting into the body of their innocent victim and there stood Brother Richards gazing until he knew that the life had gone from the Prophet's body. He then turned back into the room where he saw the Prophet's brother lying dead and Elder Taylor seriously wounded. He carried his wounded brother into a room in the jail and remained there until the mob had fled.
The burden of the Church rested for a time upon Brother Richards; but God qualified him for the task. And up to his death he was faithful and true and many there were who were blessed and comforted by his wise counsels and inspired teachings.
It has been said of Zina D. H. Young that "she was the most humble person in the world." Known to all her friends as “Aunt Zina” she was dearly loved for the many excellent traits in her character. Descended from the Puritans, her genealogy tracing relationship with George Washington, the first President of the United States, it is not surprising that she developed the characteristics of the sturdy pioneer with all the desires and ambitions of an intelligent an1 progressive citizen of her loved country.
When Zina D. was fifteen
years old she was baptized by Patriarch Hyrum Smith. She went with her family to Kirtland and joined the choir which sang in the Temple there. Once when she was in the House of the Lord she heard a whole invisible choir of angels singing, till the Temple seemed filled with numberless voices. Another time that Zina was attending services there, the Spirit of God manifested so powerfully that it was like the rushing of a mighty wind.
Sister Zina passed through the hardships and sufferings of the Church in Missouri and Nauvoo. Her mother died during this sad time and when Sister Zina told about the hardships and trials of those days she would say: "Thus died my martyred mother.” When the Prophet Joseph organized the first Relief Society, Sister Zina was one of its members. With the pioneers in 1848, this brave little woman began the journey to the valleys, walking, driving team, cooking at camp-fires, and when, finally, the journey was over, living in tents and wagons until log houses could be built for herself and weary comrades.
Sister Eliza R. Snow chosen by President Brigham Young to preside over all the Relief Societies in the Church and Sister Zina was one of her counselors. In this position she has traveled all over this country wherever there were any branches of our Church, visiting and organizing Relief Societies and giving help and instructions to the sisters.
But Sister Young did not stop at Relief Society work, she helped and encouraged the other organizations in the Church an was always especially kind to the Primary Associations.
One of the things in which Sister Young was very much interested was the making of silk. She raised cocoons, attending to them with her own hands. Under her direction much was done to make the manufacture of silk in Utah a success; mulberry trees were planted, cocoons raised wherever the climate would permit their growth.
Beautiful silk was manufactured, and whenever we have a State Fair, the results of her labors may be seen in the department devoted to the exhibition of Utah silk. Sister Zina had a very handsome dress made from some of this silk, which she wore on special occasions.
Sister Young also studied medicine and knew how to doctor and take care of the sick, and there are many who can tell today about the kind ministrations of "Aunt Zina."
After the death of Sister Snow, Zina D. H. Yonug was appointed General President of the Relief Society and held that position until she passed beyond the veil to meet her many dear ones who had preceded her. Her life was spent for the benefit of others and she was indeed “A mother in Israel.”
Young Folks' History of the Church.
EMMELINE B. WELLS.
Every Primary child will be pleased to learn something of Sister Emmeline B. Wells. Especially will this name be of interest to the children when they
are told that Sister Wells wrote for them the favorite songs, "Our Mountain home so dear," and "Little children love the Savior," besides many other beautiful poems.
Emmeline Blanch. Woodward was born at Petersham, Mass., on the 29th of Feb., 1828. Little Emmeline. was
an exceedingly bright girl, she was sent to school
early and learned very quickly. And she taught school herself when she was scarcely more than a child.
With her mother she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while she was still very young, her father had died before they heard the Gospel.
She saw the Prophet Joseph Smith a number of times and heard him preach, and she knew he was a true prophet of God and as such she greatly loved and reverenced him.
For the Gospel's sake, this faithful young woman suffered many hardships and heart rending sorrows. Her mother died through privations and exposure while the Saints were being mobbed and driven from place to place in the early rise of the Church. So this noble woman was left with no one but friends and the Lord to depend on for comfort and council. But she continued true to the religion she had embraced, and remained with the Saints, coming to Utah with the early pioneers. She
became the wife of Daniel E. Wells, one of the best and wisest of the heroic men who were the founders of Utah. At the time of the death of President Brigham Young, Brother Wells was and had been for many years, one of his counselors. And he held many offices of trust and honor among the people, and did a great and good work in the building up of this country,
Sister Wells worked a great deal with Sister Eliza R. Snow and Sister Zina D. H. Young, having been General Secretary of the Relief Societies for a long, long time. She also traveled with these noble women in the interest of the Relief Societies, and the Young Ladies, and Primary Associations.
Sister Wells has been to Washington, the great capital of our nation, a number of times, and to other distant cities, to speak in defense of our people when our enemies have been trying to do us harm. She has talked with
many women who have great influence, and with many congressmen and with the President of the United States, and told them the truth about things of which our enemies had spoken falsely to them. And in this way she has helped much to better the condition of our people. Besides she has written a very great deal about the truth of the Gospel, and has published a paper, “The Woman's Exponent," (you know, children, your mother's paper,) and sent it to many parts of the world, to let people know what the Mormon women can do, and are doing a great deal to help the world along and spread the light of truth.
Sister Wells has also published a book of choice poems, called "Musings and Memories,” which her many friends prize very highly. And which you children will find interesting when you are older. You noticed, perhaps, you were told that Sister Wells was born on the 29th of February. How often does that day come? As it comes only every fourth year, which we call leap year, Sister Wells has had only eighteen birthdays, although this year she is seventy-five years old. In fact, she has had but seventeen-birthdays, as the end of the last century, 1900, was not a leap year, and eight years are now passing without a 29th of February occurring.
There is much more in the history of Sister Wells that you will like to hear about when you are older, and you will be glad to know, now, that even in her advanced age, she is still bright and active, and writes and works for the purpose of doing good. -L. Lula Greene Richards.
What is it to be a gentleman? It is to be honest, to be gentle, to be generous, to be brave, to be wise: and, possessing all these qualities, to exercise them in the most graceful outward manner.—Thackeray.
WORK AND THINK. Oh motherhood, how great is thy responsibility! When we realize that each great and each small act and work in a child's life is either building for him the temple of his mind or undoing for him his happiness, it ought to drive us mothers to thinking. To think and what to think, that is the question. It involves the whole of being. Did you ever realize by night that you had drifted through the whole day and had not done one definite thing toward bettering yourself or your children, even though you may have worked hard from sunrise to sunset? Too often we let our legs and arms do it all, when really if we want some satisfaction in life the mind and heart must work as well.
I am going to talk to the busiest of busy mothers todaythose who always have that good excuse of too much work. Every day brings with it more than one can do and do well, and all these duties seem not to include the children, save in their physical needs.
“What are we to do ?” you will say.
First of all, study this huge duty of work, and see how you can justly and wisely make it less consuming of your time. Maybe you are trying to keep up appearances beyond your means. Try and see if you can't think it out by putting soul first and body next. Just to make this effort will help you to see more clearly, for there always seems to be a tangle of materiality to catch us in its web if we are not watching. Try for a month to thus change your basis of work before you give it up, and remember that if the right aspiration is throbbing in your heart and mind, it will have its result as sure as sunrise is to come. It will work a few of those untellable miracles for you, such as less weariness after hard work; more sense of satisfaction in your common duties, and, therefore, more sunshine to shed upon your babies, more patience and clearer insight to meet their needs. A weary, jaded mother is the one who works without aspiration.
After you have perhaps been able to somewhat classify your burden of work and simplify it, your next question will be, How may I use my extra time to the best advantage? I say, in making your motives higher, in pinning your faith on to the next peg above, in facing your own pet weaknesses with their right remedy. in stopping that perpetual excusing and self-criticism, etc. You all know as well as I do.