Burning Bosom

Theology, History, Culture, Politics & Life from a LDS (Mormon) Perspective

Follow the Prophet… or He’ll Build Your School Elsewhere

Posted by Jon on January 14, 2008

Well, I know many of you come to this site looking for good stories that will build up or even challenge your faith. However, today I came across a post on a friends blog that I felt was too good not to reproduce on this blog.

In his post he tells the story about how Brigham Young University (BYU) came to be located in Provo, or said another way, how it didn’t end up in Draper, Utah. It is a (somewhat humorous) lesson in following the prophet, and the consequences that follow if we don’t. Here is a link to the story as abridged by Russ on his blog: BYU: The “almost” college of Draper, Utah.

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One Response to “Follow the Prophet… or He’ll Build Your School Elsewhere”

  1. Andrew said

    This reminds me of some journals I read a few months ago by people who were in the same wagon trains as some of my ancestors. They reported that the Brethren told the Saints to travel on the North side of the river (or was it the South?). However, some decided to disregard their counsel and traveled on the South side of the river. It was reported that those who traveled on the wrong side of the river were struck with cholera, while those who traveled on the right side of the river were not.

    On a similar note, I know of a woman who persisted in having two earrings after Pres. Hinkley counseled having just one. Soon after, her ears developed gangrene and had to be amputated. “(S)he who hath ears to hear, let h[er] hear.”

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