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Joe Duncan

Moses Martin Sanders Sr., born 17 Aug. 1803 came from a wealthy family in Maury County, Tennessee.  The details are lost to history, but he and his wife were converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was baptized on 28 Jan 1835.  They gathered with the saints in Far West, Missouri in 1836, and then, with the others, forced to Quincy, Illinois after suffering inhuman treatment at the hands of the mob.  Then helped settle Nauvoo, Illinois.  Moses was a policeman in Nauvoo and helped build the Temple.  He became a General Authority ordained as a Seventy, 6 May 1839, and lived very near the home of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  Moses, knew Joseph Smith personally as did many others.

Moses owned a beautiful horse.  It was spirited and unruly so much so that his wife, Amanda,  feared to take care of the horse when Moses went away.  One day, Joseph Smith approached Moses and said to him, “Brother Sanders, give the horse to me and I’ll promise that you will never lose by it.”  Moses Martin replied, “I would, but I am afraid that he may hurt you.”  Then the Prophet said, “No, he would never hurt me.”  So Moses tossed him the rope and said, “His is yours!”

Joseph rode on that horse on parade in the Nauvoo Legion.  The painting we often see today of the Nauvoo Legion is one of Joseph riding “Joe Duncan.”  The story goes that he was named, not respectfully, after Joseph Duncan, the governor of Illinois from 1834 to 1838.  The next time you see this image, think of the Tennessean horse on which Joseph Smith rode.

His blessing:  Thy family shall be blessed in thine absence and thy blessing shall be handed down upon thy posterity from generation to generation. Thy children and thy children’s children shall bless thee and honor thee as their father. Thine inheritance shall be upon the land from whence you have been driven, etc. Thou shall set under thine own vine and fruit trees in the day when peace and tranquility shall fill every bosom.