LEVI STEWART

BY GLENNA SANDERSON, GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER

Even as a great granddaughter, I feel I have a right to add this incident, because I heard it several times from the mouth of my beloved Grandma Lucinda Brown, Leviís daughter, and am surprised that it is not contained in the two proceeding histories.

Grandma Lucinda Brown raised me for much of my first four years in her home while my parents taught school. Therefore, I always after felt very close to her and she told me many experiences in the times we visited in my growing years. This story I heard her repeat in most solemn reverence, saying that she saw it happen with her own eyes.

Her fatherís (Levi) house was large and built west across from Immigration Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. When the handcart companies arrived in such pitiful and destitute circumstances, he took several of the people into his home to live. One of them being a twelve-year-old girl whose legs had been frozen off just below the knees.

President Brigham Young visited Levi and told him that the Lord would bless him for taking these people in. President Young said, "I promise you that so long as you waste nothing you shall never be in want." The crops had failed and the pioneers in the Valley were short of food for the winter. Grandma said she remembered that at this time, the beginning of the winter, that when her mother (Margery) opened the flour bin to get flour, there was just enough for one batch of bread. But a few days later, or whenever it was that she went to make bread again, there was again just enough for one batch of bread. And thus it continued all through the winter; each time there was flour enough for one batch of bread.