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A Game Called Mormon

En route to Calcutta in 1851 to serve as one of the first missionaries in India, Elder William Willes fought off cabin fever: “Feeling in want of stimulant invented a new game, which I have called Mormon, it consists in throwing marbles through a hole in a card fastened in an upright position to a piece of wood, it became very popular among the soldiers as soon as exhibited, and they readily and cheerfully joined me in the innocent sport.”

William Willes journal, vol. 1, Oct. 30, 1851, Church History Library, Salt Lake City, 80–81