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YOUNG
JAMES LAIRD
In
his youth,
James
thought
his
father
was
a
stemdisciplinarian
and read
the
Bible too much.When
he
and his
friendweresent
home
fromschool
for misbehaving
,
he dreaded facinghisfather.Being
fi1teen,
he
felt
that
it
would
be
easier
to
run
away
and
join
the
Navythanto facehis father.
He
soonfound
out
that
he had
run
from
a
severe discipline at
hometo
a
moreseriousform as
a
sailor
in
the
IrishNavy
.
Although
his
family
wasliving
in
Ireland
at
this
time
,
hey
were Scots
and to
join
the
Irish
Navy
was
'truly
an
unforgivable
sin.'
It
was
four years
before
he
got
a
shoreleave
in
Ireland. During
those
four
years, he
had
developed
a
strong
desire
to
return
to
hishome
andask
forgiveness
from
his
father.
As
he
and his
friend neared
his home,
he
was
not sure how
he
would
be
greeted
for
he
had
not
only
run
away without
leaving
word
but had also
joined
the
IrishNavy.
He had
his friend go to
the
door
saying
he
had
a
message
from
their
son
James
.
His
mother
was
ove~oyed
with
news
of
her
son
.
She wept when sherealizedhe
was
there
-
and
they
bothwep
t
when
shetold
him
that
his
father
had
died
shortly after
James
had
left.James
grieved throughout
his
life
that
he
had been
unable to ask
forgiveness
from
his
father.
In
his
youth
,
he had
felt
his
father
was
too
strict
but
later
had
learned
to
appreciate
his
parents for
doing what they
fe~
was right.
With
his
father
gone, James decided
not
to
go
back to
the
Navy
and to
stay
to
care
for
his
mother
.
This
meant
hewas
a
deserter
which
carried
a
stiff
p e n a ~
.
It was
weeksbeforehewasstopped
by
an
officer
and asked
ifhe
was
John
Laird.
He
toldhim
that
hisnamewas
James Laird
but
still
the
officer took
him tothe
magistrate's office
to
have
his
recordschecked
.
They
had
a
record of
a
John Laird as being
a
deserter,
andthe
officer
felt
that
Jameswas
the
same
man
.
Jamesshowed records
that
he
was
James Laird, son
of
Edward
and
Sarah
laird-
that
his
father
was
dead
but
his
mother
stilllived
in
thearea.
In
addition,
allthe
marks
ofidentfication
recorded on the
'
John
Laird
"
documentwere
not
in
those areas
on
James
-
birthmarks actually
on
the
left
were listed as
beingon
the
right
side.
The
magistrate
released
him and
he
wasfree to go home
.
Later
when
looking
back,
he
told
his
children
it was the
Lord's
work.
He was
grateful
that
he
wasn't
punished
as
a
deserter
He
helped
his
motherat
home
allsummer.
In
the
fall
rather
than returning to school
,
he
wentto
Scotlandtoearn
some
money
by
working
in
the
coal mines.
Itwas
here
he
met Michael Rennie
(Rainey)
andwas
introduced
to
the Gospel. Michaelinvited
himto
a
cottagemeeting
to
hear
the
missionaries
.
He
turned
to the Bible
and
throughprayer
and
study gained
a
new
appreciation
.
TheBible
was
not newto
him
for
his
father
hadread
to
them
every
day.
He
was so
impressed and excited
about what
he
had
learned
that
he
wanted
to
share
the Gospel
with
his mother
.
When
he
went
hometo
dothis
,
his
family were
all
against
it.
Themore
he
talked,
the
more
they
opposed
him.
He
finally
hadto
return
to
Scotland
.
Hewas
baptized
in
1845.
 
MISSIONARY EXPERIENCES
OF
JAMES
lAIRD
To
earn
money
,
James
wentto
Scotland
to
worK
in
the
coal
mines
.
While there
,
James
became
friends
with
MichaelRainey
(
Rennie)
who worKed
in
the mines
with him
.
Michael and
his
si
ster
Maryintroduced
James
to
the
gospe
l.
He
was
baptized
in
1
845
.
James
developed
a
close friendship
with
Mary
andthey
were married
in
1847
by
her
brother
,
Michael
,
who
was
an
elder
in
the Churchat
that
time
.
In
1853
,
here
was
a
call
for
missionaries
to
serve
in
Scotland
.
James accepted
a
call
to
serve
and
Mary
too
k
their
two
young
sons
to
stay
with
her
family while James
was away.
Her
mother
and
sister
,
Elizabeth (Aunt Betly)
,
helped
her
so
that
she
could
worK
and
meet
the
needs
of
her family
.
Aunt Betly
was
a
seamstress
by
trade
and
l
oved
to
sew
for
young
Joseph
.
One
ti
me
when
he
was
all dressed
up
,
they
went walking
.A
stranger
stopped
and
asked himwhat
his
name was
.
He
replied
,
"I
am
Joseph
Smith,
the
Mormon
prophet.
'
His name was
Joseph
Smith Laird.
On
his
mission,
James traveled withoutpurse
or script.
After
laboring for sometime
,
he needed
a
pair
of
shoes
.
Being
without
money
,
he
asked
the
Lord
for
help
.
Shortly
thereafter
,
while
tracting,
a
pair
of
shoes
wasfound
in
his
path
-
they
we
re
the right
si
ze
and
served his
need
.
Also
while
tracking,
he and
his companion were invited into
a
home
.
The
familyseemed
to
be
enjoying
the
messageuntil
the
father
realized
~
was
Mormonism
.
He
became angry
and
drove
the
missionaries
from
his
home
.A
ew
days
later
,
Jameswas
impressed
to
return
to
this
home
to
give
their
crippled
child
a
bless
i
ng
.
Through
the
priesthood
,
the
elders
blessed
the
child and
she
was
healed
.
Several
weeks
later
they
returned
to
the home
tosee
how
the
father
had
reacted
to
the
healing
.
The
mother
reported
tha
t
when
the
father
returned
and
saw
the
child,
hescreamed"Those
gd-
Mormons
have
been
hereagain.
I
will
kill
them
if
they
ever
return
.'
She was
afraid
for
theelders
and
urged
them
to
leave
.
James
told
her
not
to
be
afraid
but
to
let
them
talk to
her
husbandone moretime
.
When
the
fatherreturned
and
saw themissionaries
,
heran
for
his
gun
declaring
he
would
kill
them
.
James
stood
up and
raised
his arm and
said
, "I
command
you
in
the
name
of
Israel's
God and
by
thepower
of
the
Priesthood
,
put
down
that
gun
.'
The man
just
laughed
,
but
thegun fell
to
the
floor
.
He
became helpless
.
The
Elders administered to
him
andcommandedSatan
to leave
.
The
man
became
normalagain
.
After
his mission, James returned
to his
home
in
Scotland.
James
tookMary
and
theirtwo
sons
to
Ireland
to
vis~
with his
family
.
When
they
arrived
,
hey
found
that preparations
had
beenmade for
a
revival
to
be
held
on
the Laird Estate
.
James
'
brother
-
in-law
,
Alexander
Donaldson
,
and
a
localparish
minister
had
invi
t
ed
people
from
all
around to
come
to
the meeting
to
be he
ld
in
the
barn
on
the estate
.
Manycame
.
Wh
i
le
their
guest speaker
was
delivering his
sermon from
the Bible
,
James kept calling attention
to
the
errors
in
his
message
.
The
speaker
becameso angry that
he
wanted
James
to
be
put
ou
t-
since
~
was
Laird
land they
couldn
't
do
that
,
but
his
mother
and
sisters
were
humiliated
to
tears
.
James answeredmany
Questions
and
was
ab
le
toexplain
the
gospel
to
those
who would listen
.
Mary
related toherchildren how
proud shewas
of
James
and
the way he
conductedhimself
.
Unhappily though,James
'
family
was
not impressed
and
wanted them
to
renounceMormonism
.Di
sappointed,
Jamessoon
tookhis family
back
to
Scotland
.
 
3
MARY RAINEY LAIRD
G
ven
as
p
ari
of
programhonoring
women
throughoutthe
8g8S
.
My
name
is
Mary
Rainey
laird.I
was
bom
in
ScoHand
and
baptized
into
the church
in
1842
when
I
was 16
years
old
.A
young
man
named
James
Laird
came
from
Ireland
to
work
in
the
coalmines
with my
brother. Our friendship
grew
and
we
were
married
in
1847.
In
1856,
we
gathered
our
things
together
and
prepared
to
go
to
America
.
Our family
had
grown
to
include
two
sons
and
a
daughter
.
We
arrived
in
New
York
in
June
1856 and then
traveled
by
train
to
Iowa city.We were to
be
part
of
a
handcart
company, but
whenwe
arrivedthehandcartswere
not
ready
and
we
had to wait.
While
we waited
,
our
family
was
assigned
to
Capt James Willie's company.
We
left
Iowa
City
in
the
middle
of
July
.
The
first
part
of
the
journey
was
pleasant
but
we
soon
found
out
that
the handcarts
had been
made
too
hurriedly.
Theybeganto break and some
had to be
discarded
.
Some
Indiansdrove
off
our
beef
cattle
and
we
came
close
to
being trampledby
a
buffalo herd.
We
suffered
greaHyfrom
the
cold and
from lack
offood
.
On
October
16,
while
in
Wyoming,
thelast
of
the
food
was
given
out
and
18
inches
of
snow
fell.
Many
people
died.When
Il
eft
ScoHand
,I
brought three special things
with me
-a
pretty
set of
baby
clothes
,a
new
suit
for
James
andmy
new
green
silk
dress
.
When
we
reached
Fort
Laramie,
I
raded thebabyclothes
for
a
quart
of
sugar
because
my
milkwas
not enough
to
keep baby
Elizabeth alive
.
Our
company
got
trapped
in
deep
snows
in
the
mountains
and would not
havesurvived
if
Brigham
Young
had
not
sent
help
.
We
had been
without
food
for
two
days
.
Webothshouted
and
wept
for
joy
when
we
saw
the
supply
wagons
.
After
reaching
the valley
,
we we
re
sentto
Spanish
Fork
to
help
colonize
that
area
.
While
there
,a
neighbor
was called
to
go
on
a
mission and
James
and
I
were asked
to
help keep the farm going
while
he
was
gone.
He needed
a
suit
and
soJamesloaned
him
his
suit
.
It was
hard work
and when
the
elder
returned
he
was
unable
to
pay
James
or
replace the
suit
he
had used
.
In
1859 James
and
I
went
to
the
Endowment
Houseand
were sealedfor
time
and
eternity by
Brigham Young.
I
cut
up
my
new green silk dress
to
make temple
aprons
.I
was
able
to
give
many
of
my
neighbors
a
piece
.
And
so
the three special things
I
brought
with
me
were not
usedin
a
way
that
I
had
planned
,
but
they
were
used
in
a
way
to
serve
the
lord.

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