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Wilford Woodruff’s First Mission, part 17 (Graphic History)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 03, 2010

Adapted from Leaves from My Journal, by Wilford Woodruff; artwork by Douglas Johnson.

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to be concluded …

Text from Leaves from My Journal

… I was invited to hold a meeting at a Baptist meetinghouse, on the 287th of June. On my arrival I met a large congregation; but, on commencing meeting, Parson Browning ordered the meeting to be closed. I told the people I had come ten miles to preach the gospel to them, and was willing to stand in a cart, on a pile of wood, on a fence, or any other place they would appoint, to have that privilege.

One man said he owned the fence and land in front of the meeting house, and we might use both, for he did not believe “Mormonism” would hurt either.

So the congregation crossed the road, took down the fence and made seats of it, and I preached to them one hour and a half. At the close Mr. Randolph Alexander bore testimony to the truth of what had been said. He invited me home with him, bought a Book of Mormon, and was baptized, and I organized a branch in that place.

On the 18th of July, Brother A.O. Smoot and I arrived at the Tennessee River, and, as the ferry-man was not at home, the woman kindly gave us permission to use the ferry-boat. We led our horses on board, and took the oars to cross the river. Brother Smoot had never used an oar, and I had not for some years, so we made awkward work of it. Soon he broke one oar, and I let another fall overboard, which left us only one broken oar to get to shore with. [They spot a steamboat bearing down on them.] …

Wilford Woodruff’s First Mission (Graphic History) part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15, part 16, part 17, part 18



  1. Oh, the Perils of Wilford!

    Comment by Eric Boysen — January 3, 2010 @ 9:54 am

  2. Randolph Alexander’s daughter Elizabeth married Lewis Allen at Far West, MO in 1836. Lewis and his brother James had been baptized by Elder Woodruff in Kentucky. Elizabeth and Lewis, after losing everything in Kentucky, finally were able to get a “fitout” rogether in 1862 and emigrated to Utah. They were settlers in Utah and Nevada including a time in the Muddy Mission ordeal. Elizabeth died in Nevada in 1869.

    Comment by CurtA — January 3, 2010 @ 10:40 am

  3. Agh! Not in the path of a steamboat!! And with a broken oar! Noooo!

    (This has been fun. Did you say this is the next to last episode?)

    Comment by Hunter — January 3, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

  4. Thanks once more, Ardis!

    Comment by ricke — January 3, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

  5. One more episode. Maybe that means the steamboat gets ’em!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 3, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

  6. You are right, Ardis. The steamboat does get ’em.

    The man who owned the fence was Randolph Alexander, that same man featured in the next few panels. I can only guess the creator of this series didn’t know. But then he appears to have drawn them the same so maybe he did know.

    Another family who joined the church at the same time and place was Brother Alexander’s cousin Jeremiah Murphy and his wife. After Jeremiah died, his widow and children entered history by taking a different path west.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — January 3, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

  7. Anybody who hasn’t yet visited Bruce’s links really ought to. Really.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 3, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

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