Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith
Prophet, Seer and Revelator

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Time for Fun

Just been writing about Brigham Young again. He had a paddle-wheel boat called the 'Timely Gull' on the Great Salt Lake. A horse walking on a tread mill powered the paddle wheel. Brigham only sailed the boat a few times because a storm demolished it.

Just a silly bit of trivia that you probably didn't want to know.

He took visitors and his kids to swim in the salt water as often as he could. They changed their clothes behind a big black rock - boys on one side and girls on the other.

He worked hard, but he was also out for some fun. How are we in our lives? I need to be sure I include the fun also.

Friday, September 10, 2010


Brigham Young was really kind and understanding of his children. He not only built them a gym on the back of his house that had every imaginable type of physical equipment - hoops, skates, ladders, but he saw that his daughters learned to dance and allowed them to participate in the Salt Lake Theater (those that wanted to).

He encouraged them to attend family prayer daily.

Education was important to him. He didn't have the opportunity to go to school, but he made sure his kids had every chance they wanted to avail themselves of.

When he spoke to the parents of the church, he asked that children be treated with kindness and set a good example for them.

I guess the thing I like most about this part of his life is that he 'chose' to make a home for his children that included more enrichment than the way he was raised. The reports I have read say that his children adored him.

Brigham Young chose what kind of a person he would be. He was really intune with his agency. I really admire that.