Franklin D. Richards

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(This is an excerpt from the book A Family of Faith compiled and edited by Kent F. Richards.)

Wednesday May 3, 1854 Started at dawn. Went to and crossed the Kaw Kansas River. Fed & [bathed] crossed the Mo. Line about 4 p.m. Passing many former inheritances of the Saints & mobbery, crossing Blue and Duck creeks. Arrived at Independence at dusk.

Thursday May 4 Before Breakfast went to the Temple spot. After went again with Bro Fred Kesler, also to the store of Br. Gilbert, printing office of Br. Phelps, &c., etc. How precious is the spot where the glory of God shall be revealed.

June 3 Saturday This a.m. sea more quiet and I arose early at half past 7. Discovered the Irish Coast. About 10 passed Tory Island. The stillness of the sea enabled us to run much nearer the coast which gave us a fine view of some places. Passed Giants Causeway, London Derry, Belfast Lough, Maiden Sisters & Copeland Lighthouse at dusk.

June 4 Sunday Arrived in the Mersey at 7½ o.c. and went to Anchorage. Got the customs past & on the loading stage where we met Brs. Samuel, Linforth, Turnbull in waiting for us.

Thursday September 21 Pleasant most of the day. German seas sublimely rough, but not magnificently grand just enough to keep up retching and prevent eating. Three agreeable cabin passengers and a jolly captain are the company.

Friday 22 I arose at 8 a.m. We were in sight of land onour right and had our pilot aboard. Capt says we are 60 miles off Hamburg which is 70 miles from the mouth of the Elbe. Beautiful are the lawns and everglades, and on the Danish side, the palisades, villages &c. which ornament the river.

Tuesday September 26 Renewed my ticket of residence and got my passport. Visa for Kopenhagen.

Sunday October 8, 1854 At 2 a.m. steamed down the Elbe and about 9 passed the outer bar into the Sea. Had a wind from the little off the larboard beam which allowed of setting all sail, and which also steadied the ship as she rolled much, being light— scarcely any freight and but 10 passengers. We proceeded very agreeably, fair wind and beautiful weather continuing till we came into Grimsby Dock.

On Sunday July 29, 1866,1 while present at a two day’s meeting in a large Bowery on the public square in Springville and seated on the stand at its extreme left, President B. Young beckoned me to him. I went and sat down by him. He asked me how I would like to go on a mission to England. Said he would like to have me do so & that he believed it would be a great blessing to me. I told him I knew no choice about such things. If it was his wish that I should go, I would do so, though to human calculation it seemed difficult. I asked him if I should make ready to go in the Fall. He said he reckoned I could get ready & be off in four or five days.

Sunday August 12 Attended meeting at Bowery & spoke a short time in morning. After meeting, attended Prayer Circle and received my blessing. Set apart for my mission to Europe. Historian’s Office, H. C. Kimball, D. H. Wells, Wilford Woodruff, G. A. Smith, and Geo Q. Cannon having their handsupon my head with Pres. B. Young. He said: Bro F. D. R. in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, we lay our hands upon your head to bless you and set you apart for your European mission. Inasmuch as you are called to go to England, and to other countries or wherever the guidance of God shall lead you on a mission to preach the Gospel of Life and Salvation, the Gospel of the Son of God; we dedicate you and set you apart to this end, and pray our Father in Heaven to pour out his Holy Spirit upon you and to fill every particle of your system with the same. At the close of the blessing, Pres. Young said: “There, Bro Franklin, is there anything more that you desire, just write it and live for it.”

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