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In the early days of western settlement, bishops sometimes asked ward members to donate cattle as gifts to local bands of American Indians. An entire steer was an expensive donation for most Latter-day Saint families, and sometimes bishops found it difficult to collect the animals they needed. But sometimes it was easier. In 1860, Bishop Peter Maughan of Cache County wrote to Brigham Young: “The other day I went over to try [to] get a Beef for our friends, after I had stated the object of the meeting, two or three animals was offered where one was enough. I just mention this to represent the present feeling of the Brethren.”

Peter Maughan letter to Brigham Young, Jan. 27, 1860, Brigham Young Office Files, Church History Library, Salt Lake City