"Dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ"
Brigham Young & Heber C. Kimball leave for their missions
Heber C. Kimball recorded the following experience,
describing the challenge he and Brigham Young faced as they left their wives,
children, and humble homes to journey to
"September 14th --- President Brigham
Young left his home at Montrose to start on the mission to
"September 18th --- Charles Hubbard
sent his boy with a wagon and span of horses to my house; our trunks were put
into the wagon by some brethren; I went to my bed and shook hands with my wife
who was then shaking with a chill, having two children lying sick by her side;
I embraced her and my children, and bade them farewell. My only well child was
little Heber P., and it was with difficulty he could carry a couple of quarts
of water at a time to assist in quenching their thirst.
"It was with difficulty we got into the wagon, and started down the hill about ten rods; it appeared to me as though my very inmost parts would melt within me at leaving my family in such a condition, as it were almost in the arms of death. I felt as though I could not endure it. I asked the teamster to stop, and said to Brother Brigham, 'This is pretty tough, isn't it; let's rise up and give them a cheer.' We arose, and swinging our hats three times over our heads, shouted, 'Hurrah, hurrah for
--- Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball, Bookcraft, pages 265-266.
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