Dedication

This website is devoutly dedicated to all of Larry's friends and associates, both early and late, who have influenced and mentored him. However, it also should be noted that, being who they are, a majority of them have been late most of the time.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On the Way to "Betty's"

Not so very long ago, I was a guest on Elliot Simon's "Common Sense" radio broadcast from Shepherd University. I also had accepted his invitation to join him earlier that morning for breakfast at the local "Betty's" restaurant.

And so it was that morning, while walking through the West Virginia village of Shepherdstown, that an elderly couple crossed my path.

They were holding hands while they were taking their morning stroll, which prompted me to compliment them on their mutual affection. With a twinkle in his eye, the old gentleman smiled, then gently pointed out to me that they held hands to keep each other from stumbling.

What a wondrous example they were and are, a life lesson for all of us.

The LDS Church hymns, "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel" and simply "Do What is Right",also teach us to do this in all of our activities and relationships.

Postscript: This same principle also is taught in Ecclesiates 4:4-10.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

To a Romantic Defender of the Downtrodden, in Memoriam

Although my personal heroes include the great latter-day American prophet Joseph Smith and also my kinsman Patrick Henry, Thomas L. Kane ("The Little Colonel") likewise claims a special place in my heart.

He never met Joseph Smith, but perhaps became Brigham Young's best non "Mormon" friend, and spent much of the rest of his life championing the cause of the struggling Latter-day Saints, beginning after they were forcibly expelled from Nauvoo, Illinois and driven, on bare and bloody feet, out of the United States of America into what then was part of Mexico (now Utah).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) Patriarch John Smith gave Colonel Kane one of the few Patriarchal Blessings ever bestowed upon a non-member.

Although from a well-respected and politically powerful Pennsylvania family, the Colonel was a sickly and diminutive man.

He believed that he would end his days as a lonely bachelor, but the Patriarch promised him an eventual companion and comforter to be his partner and loving help-mate.

The Colonel found great joy when he later met and married Elizabeth, and later said that his only regret was that John Smith no longer was alive to witness the fulfillment of that promised blessing.

The Patriarch also blessed Thomas that he always would be remembered and beloved by the Saints, and this also has been so.

When Thomas finally passed away and crossed the veil, I believe that both Brigham Young and John Smith were there to gratefully welcome him.

Recommended Reading: "Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer", by Matthew J. Grow, Yale University Press. 2009.

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Further Feedback from a Friend about my "To a Romantic Defender of ther Downtrodden..." post:

"Dear Larry,

Your comments about Thomas Kane are very appreciated. I agree that he is a hero of the Latter Day Saints.

The young men and I took a trip to N. PA for canoeing and camping. One of the leaders took us out of our way to Kane, PA.

Wow!!! It was amazing to me. Thomas Kane moved at retirement to N. PA and had a small (very small) town named after him - Kane.It is quaint and only known for its 'berries festival' in the fall.

Thomas was not welcomed at the few local churches, so he built a small church (very well constructed of block stone) for his family to worship. He is buried at the front yard of the church.

When we visited the church, it was staffed by missionary adults who took us on a tour and explained the story of Colonel Thomas Kane. I was amazed and now believe that Mr. Kane is a true hero.

I do not know if his church is still staffed for visitors or it was discontinued. Never-the-less, it was/is a amazing memory for me. I only hope that the young men felt a similar spirit during that special day.

God bless.

Brother Bill"

a.k.a. - William Bartholomew, High Priest, Hanover, Pennsylvania Ward (LDS Church Congregation)