We’re continuing our discussion of Black History Month with Russell Stevenson. He’s the biographer of Elijah Ables, and we’ll talk about the end of Elijah’s life. Did Elijah Ables affiliate with any other groups like James Strang, William Smith, or Sidney Rigdon?
Russell: Going with that, we can maybe conclude that Elijah was certainly diplomatic and kind and charitable. If you really want to go further out on a limb, more than the evidence that we have suggests, you can say that he affiliated with William Smith, the movement. I’m not inclined to say that we have evidence to suggest that.
We’ll also talk about how Elijah worked on the Salt Lake Temple, but was never allowed to get his endowment. Did he continue to try through the end of his life?
Now in 1879, he does petition to receive his temple endowment. By this point his wife has passed away. We do have some evidence that he petitioned Brigham Young at some point, but again that’s pretty late and we don’t have any contemporary documentation to back that up.
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(Don’t forget to check out our previous conversations about Elijah Abel’s early life, his mission to Canada, and his troubles in Cincinnati.) You also might want to check out what Paul Reeve said on this topic!