by W. Jeffrey Marsh
from "Generosity in Forgiving Others,"
Lessons from the Life and Teachings
of the Prophet Joseph Smith
Shortly after they had settled in the Salt Lake Valley, President Young became concerned about those few Saints who desired to leave the Salt Lake Valley for the gold fields of California.
He wrestled with his feelings until he had a particular dream in which the Prophet Joseph Smith appeared to him, herding
“a flock of sheep of all kinds, sizes, colors, and descriptions, from the largest, finest sheep I ever saw, down to the ugly decrepit dwarf.Joseph’s counsel helped President Young learn to better appreciate the contributions of every individual, whether great or small.
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