In Sunday School, our teacher shared the following story which took place in Independence, Missouri during the 1830s, at the height of the persecution of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mobs had attacked the printing shop where copies of the Prophet Joseph Smith's papers were being printed.
The most important project being printed at the newspaper office was the Book of Commandments, the first compilation of revelations received by the Prophet. When the mob attacked the building, they tossed the unbound pages of the book into the street. Seeing this, two young Latter-day Saints, Mary Elizabeth Rollins and her sister, Caroline, at the periol of their own lives, sought to recuse what they could.
Mary Elizabeth recalled:
"The mob brought out some large sheets of paper, and said, 'Here are the Mormon Commandments.' My sister Caroline and myself were in a corner of a fence watching them; when they spoke of the commandments, I was determined to have some of them. Sister said if I went to get any of them she would too, but said, 'they will kill us."
(Stay tuned tomorrow for more of this story.)