Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith
Prophet, Seer and Revelator

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Horse and Hide

About this same time news came from England that the men who were to collect passage for the poor British Saints to come to America had squandered all the money. Brigham Young asked John, Parley P. Pratt and Orson Hyde to go to England to solve the problem.
Before he left, John made arrangements for his family to be taken care of until he could return. He would never forget how ill Leonora had been when he came back from his last mission.
When John arrived in Great Britain, one of the offenders fled to London; and the other men were severely reprimanded. John visited the Saints throughout the land and restored confidence in the Church. The people welcomed him with open arms, and the Saints in Wales gave him an ovation.8
John and Orson Hyde published the Millennial Star while in England. John had a wonderful sense of humor and there were times when he and Brother Hyde had a good laugh as they collected money for the paper. John knew that at times the British dropped or added an ‘h’ to a word, so he was not surprised when they had difficulty understanding how to spell ‘Orson Hyde.’ John and Brother Hyde ran a small notice in the Millennial Star, stating that some orders for the paper came addressed to “Horse and Hide,” or Horson Ide.” ‘Orson Hyde’ was spelled correctly so everyone would know how to address their subscriptions.9

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