Jacob Rolfsen and the Missionaries
as told by his great-granddaughter, Janet Weech Sorensen
When he came, instead of being happy, he was furious that they had let the missionaries inside his home. He had heard all sorts of bad things about the Mormons. He threatened to kill the missionaries if they ever stepped on his property again, and he put a big axe beside his door to do it with!
One day the elders were approaching and he ran to get the axe. His sister confronted him and said, “Jacob, if you even so much as lift your arm to harm those elders, you will lose the use of it.”
Jacob ignored her and swung the axe up to strike the elders. His arm immediately dropped to his side completely useless, and he was not able to use it for a long time. While he was recovering he had plenty of time to read and study and listen to the elders. He eventually gained his own testimony and the family was baptized and immigrated to America.
My grandmother, Nicoline Rolfsen Jensen, my mother’s mother [and Jacob’s daughter,] walked all the way across the plains when she was nine years old.
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