Wilford Woodruff Survives Storm At Sea | Day in the Life of Wilford Woodruff

Speaker: Brian Arnett

Writer: Maddie Christensen

Editor: Jacob Edmunds

Day in the Life


Hey there. I’m Brian Arnett from @publishingpeace1 on Instagram, coming to you from the balmy town of Gilbert, Arizona.

I’m excited to bring you another day in the life of Wilford Woodruff, especially because our family loves to sail!

On September 25, 1841, Wilford Woodruff was on a boat at sea near Manitou Island, Michigan. He recorded the following in his journal:

“A very rough morning. All seasick, we stopped at Manitou Island, cooked dinner on land & lay by the wharf until 4 o'clock. & started on the journey until 12 o'clock at night when a tremendous storm & wind arose which made the lake as rough as it could be by the force of wind & such a scenery as quickly followed I never before witnessed in all my travels either by sea or land on water or earth. The Captain of the Chesapeake with other officers, hands & passengers mostly expected to go to the bottom. To have judged from outward appearances I should think there was twenty chances of being lost to one of being saved yet I did not once expect during the whole scenery to be lost for I expected & felt that the Lord would save us from a watery grave by some means.”

Wilford Woodruff experienced a large storm while on a boat that night but had faith that the Lord would protect him. When have you had to exercise faith in the Lord?

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