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Gathering Chickens

One of Orson Hyde’s tasks as a child was to feed the chickens of the man he worked for. “When I poured the corn upon the ground, the fowls all came together en masse,” he said, “but after the corn was exhausted, and the stream [stopped], the fowls all turned away, [going] in different directions, each one singing his own song. So [it is] with religion,” he observed. “While God poured out the stream of revelation upon the ancient church, they were all united and ate the living bread; but when he withheld revelations in latter times, because of [the] unbelief of man, they turned and went their own course, and sang their own song.”


Joseph Smith, “History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834],” 161, josephsmithpapers.org