Joseph Smith: “Friendship is like Brother Turley in his blacksmith shop”


The Prophet Joseph Smith tells us that love begets love in this way: “It is a time-honored adage that love begets love. Let us pour forth love—show forth our kindness unto all mankind, and the Lord will reward us with everlasting increase; cast our bread upon the waters and we shall receive it after many days, increased to a hundredfold. Friendship is like Brother Turley in his blacksmith shop welding iron to iron; it unites the human family with its happy influences.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 316.)nauvoo-blacksmith-shop

Theodore Turley’s Skills and Inventions by grandson, Theodore Hope Turley, b. 1890

A man that can make his own tool, can make anything made of metal. One of the things I gave to Lawrence was a ¼ inch thick piece of leather stamped with the dyes he had made of the numerals from 1 to 9 plus 0 in 1937. I obtained this when I was in Beaver, in the possession of a maternal cousin, Charles Woodhouse, Jr., historian of Beaver. He refused to sell me the die but I have written to his sons to see if we can buy them now. He made everything made of metal from cooking utensils to plows and wagons and even pistols and guns. In fact he was working on an invention for a repeating gun when Samuel Colt brought out his revolver. Theodore Turley’s idea was the same as has been adopted by the armed services of all the countries on earth since. A clip that would hold a number of bullets and would slide past the barrels and be fired, is the principle of the modern machine gun and rapid-fire-rifles. The revolver was a superior invention for a hand gun and the pioneers were such good shots with a rifle that they didn’t feel the need for a repeater at the time, so he dropped his experiment. But he made two pistols for the profit [Prophet?]. And I was told in Beaver, in 1937, by others and relatives, that he was “very close to the Prophet Joseph.” He also at least one winter kept Brigham Young and his family from starvation by giving them flour to live on.


About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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