After the Saints were driven from Jackson County, Missouri, the Church assembled its own militia to go help them. Some members of the group, which was later known as Zion’s Camp, hoped for the opportunity to fight those who had abused Church members. Others, like Nathan Baldwin, saw fighting as a last resort. “Hardly anything could be more repugnant to my feelings than the display of the instruments of death,” Baldwin recalled, “but I procured a rifle, equipage and ammunition, and tried to school myself to their practice.” When a sudden storm protected the camp from its one near-battle, Baldwin saw it as evidence of God’s protection. He was able to make his offering without having to fight.
Matthew C. Godfrey, “The Acceptable Offering of Zion’s Camp: D&C 103, 105,” history.lds.org