Thanksgiving is a great time for family and friends to get together, eat too much food, and enjoy each others’ company. Every year we have one or two guests, and look forward to greeting these folks we haven’t seen for a while, or to introduce family to new friends. All of which got me to thinking, who from Mormon history would I think would make a great Thanksgiving dinner guest? Who would perhaps be fun to have around, or might be interesting to learn more about?
So here is the challenge. I’m going to suggest a guest or two, and then it’s your turn. Who would you like to invite, and why? And perhaps who would absolutely not get an invitation? Is it because they might not mix well with the other invited guests, or are perceived as a real party pooper? The only restriction is that they have to be legitimately related to Mormon history, and at least somewhat well known to Keepa’s knowledgeable and talented readers.
For my first guest, and a somewhat obvious choice, I choose Parley P. Pratt. Based on his autobiography, he’s a great story teller, sports a fine sense of humor, and lived a huge variety of experiences in the church starting from the Kirtland days, through Missouri and Nauvoo, led the first exploring trip to Southern Utah over a harsh winter, and was a veteran of many missions. I feel he would be a great addition to the dinner table, and keep my family and friends entertained clear through the pumpkin pie.
For my second guest, Jayne Manning James, just because she flat out deserves a seat at the first table. That ought to be enough right there. I would love to get to know more about her and her story.
Now it’s your turn. Who’s coming to your Mormon History Thanksgiving dinner?