Old Testament - Lesson 24
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Note 1

Klondike Gold Rush

I first read of the incredible efforts of prospectors to reach the Klondike gold fields in James A. Michener's epic novel Alaska. I was amazed at the amount of effort these men went to in order to reach the Yukon gold fields in the. It is an extraordinary story and left me wondering why anyone would go to such lengths for nothing more than the hope of gold. As I read the account, I wondered why men are so much more willing to exercise every effort to pursue nothing more than a hope for wealth rather than exercise every effort in pursuit of the promise of eternal life. It is a question for me that remains unanswered.

Stacked supplies awaiting the 600 mile trip to the gold fields.

Climbing up to the Chilkoot Pass - A trip made several times.

Riding the rapids in the Yukon River.

For additional information and photos see:  Klondike Gold Rush: The Perilous Journey North at the University of Washington, Online Exhibits.

Also see:  Klondike Gold Rush at HistoryNet.com

Note 2

Hoyt W. Brewster

Though he prevailed over the mighty Goliath, clothed only in the armor of righteousness, he later lost the battle with Bathsheba for lack of such armament (cf. 1 Sam. 17; 2 Sam. 11-12). David's is the tragic story of one whose faith brought him to great heights yet who sold his eternal soul through his sinful seduction of another man's wife and the eventual murder of that faithful man. His heinous deed was so great that "he lost everything" (D&C 132:38-39; AGQ 3:145-46). The Prophet Joseph Smith stated that "David sought repentance at the hand of God carefully with tears, for the murder of Uriah; but he could only get it through hell: he got a promise that his soul should not be left in hell" (TPJS, 339). However, as President Joseph Fielding Smith observed, "Who wishes to spend a term in hell with the devil before being cleansed from sin?" (AGQ 1:74).

In spite of being eventually redeemed from hell, David has forever lost the crown of exaltation which he might have worn in the celestial kingdom, for "no murderer hath eternal life. Even David must wait for those times of refreshing, before he can come forth and his sins be blotted out; many bodies of the Saints arose at Christ's resurrection, but it seems that David did not. Why? Because he had been a murderer." (TPJS, 188.) "For David is not ascended into the heavens," declared Peter (Acts 2:34).

(Hoyt W. Brewster, Doctrine and Covenants Encyclopedia [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1988], 21)

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