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Haven’t You Faith?

The people who lived near the Mormon Trail in Iowa sometimes liked to tease the pioneers who passed by. When 16-year-old convert Sarah Jane Staker went into a tin shop to have a measuring cup fixed, for example, the tinner asked, “Haven’t you faith to heal your cup?”

“No, sir,” responded Sarah. “But if you will put the handle on good, I have faith that it will stay on.”

Bystanders laughed and clapped at the clever answer, and the tinner was so amused that he did the job for free.

Sarah E. Pearson, “A Life Sketch,” Improvement Era, Oct. 1903, 919