Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith
Prophet, Seer and Revelator

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Jim Bridger's Advice for Brigham Young

The first pioneer company traveled over five-hundred miles in seven weeks, reaching Fort Laramie by the first of June. After they rested, the wagon train continued west. Jim Bridger, and explorer and mountain man of the American west, rode up to greet them one night when they were camped beside the Sweetwater River. He advised Brigham Young not to go into the valley of the Great Salt Lake because crops wouldn’t grow there. He told Brigham that he would give a thousand dollars for a bushel of corn raised in the valley.

Brigham thanked Jim Bridger for his advice. But Brigham knew Heavenly Father wanted him to take the pioneers there, and he knew the Saints would survive. The corn and other crops would grow.

I wonder if Brigham Young ever collected from Jim Bridger.

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