I rejoice in proclaiming this glorious gospel, because it takes root in the hearts of the children of men, and they rejoice . . . in the blessings of the Kingdom of God.1
At the October conference of 1849 Brigham Young called John on a mission to France along with Elders Bolton and Pack. Leaving the Salt Lake Valley with them were Lorenzo Snow, going to Italy; Erastus Snow, traveling to Denmark; Franklin D. Richards on his way to England and others who would preach in the Eastern States.
As they crossed the plains, the brethren scanned the horizon, looking for Indians. They met a group of men carrying mail who told them they’d been attacked by Indians and robbed (or ‘tithed’ as John called it) of supplies, including blankets and clothing. The missionary party grew anxious and searched the landscape for signs of war paint and horses.