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High On A Mountain Top - Vintage Mormon Hymn
High On A Mountain Top - Vintage Mormon Hymn
This beautiful historic re-creation of the early Mormon hymn "High on a Mountain Top" is an impressive work of art. Written by Joel Hills Johnson, this beloved hymn has become one of the mighty anthems of the latter days. The rich detail of the hand writing and notes create a wonderful sense of the writers work. This piece is one of 4 pieces in this impressive Hymn collection. The Mormon Hymn Collection also features antiqued recreations of The Spirit of God, High on a Mountain Top, and Come, Come Ye Saints.
This art is beautifully reproduced on acid-free enhanced archival matte paper and is a standard frame size, so it's easy to find a frame.
Artwork Size: 11"x 14" or 12"x 16"
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A sketch of the life of Joel Hills Johnson, son of Ezekiel Johnson, who was born at Uxbridge, Massachusetts, January 12, 1776. My mother's name was Julie Hills, born at Upton, Massachusetts on September 26, 1783. They were married at Grafton, Massachusetts on January, 12, 1801, and I was born at Grafton, Massachusetts on March 23, 1802.
When a small child my parents emigrated to the state of Vermont where they lived about nine years, and in the year 1813 my parents let me go with my uncle Joel Hills (for whom I was named) to New Port in the state of Kentucky, on the opposite side of the Ohio river from Cincinnati, both very small towns then.
In the spring of 1815, my father came and took me to Pompret, Chautauqua County, state of New York, where I lived with him until I was twenty-one years of age, -- March 23, 1823. I had little or no opportunity for education but was very religious from a small child, not daring to transgress the will of my parents or to do the least thing I thought to be wrong and always attended religious meetings and studied my books by firelight after I had done work. I bought a sawmill and lot of land and built a house, and my sisters kept house for me until the second day of November, 1826, when I married Miss Anna P. Johnson, daughter of Timothy Johnson, Esq., she was born August 7, 1800. In the year of 1829, I invented and patented the shingle cutter or machine now used for making or cutting shingles throughout the United States and Canada. The patent is dated the 8th of December, 1829, and signed Andrew Jackson, President, and Martin Van Buren, Vice President of the United States.
In the fall of 1830 I moved my family to the town of Amherst, Lorain County, State of Ohio. I there first became acquainted with the Book of Mormon and the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ on the first day of June 1831, and was ordained an Elder on the 20th of September following and appointed to preside over the Amherst branch of the Church numbering about one hundred members. I attended the first October conference of the Church, it was held in Orange Township, Ohio, 1831, where I first beheld the face of the Prophet Joseph Smith and heard the words of life from his mouth which filled my heart with joy and thanks to God.
In January, 1832, I went on a mission to the state of New York, preaching the gospel and visiting my father's family in Pomphret. They willingly heard and believed and my mother and some others were baptized. On my return home I baptized many in and about Amherst and ordained several Elders and Priests. In July, 1833, President Smith counciled me to move to Kirtland and buy out certain obnoxious individuals which I did. I was there when the foundation of the Temple was laid, and built a sawmill for its benefit.
On August 26, 1835 I went on a short mission through the southeast part of Ohio, preached in many cities and towns, baptized several and returned home. I labored preaching in all the towns about Kirtland, baptized many and ordained several Elders and Priests. I received a blessing under the hands of the First Presidency for my labors in preaching and assisting in building the Lord's House. I was present at the calling and ordination of the first twelve apostles, also at the calling and ordination of all the different quorums of the Church. I attended the dedication of the Lord's house on the 27th of March, 1836, and all the meetings and councils that followed, saw and heard the power of God manifested as mentioned in the life of Joseph Smith, and was chosen a member of the quorum of seventies, went on several missions, etc.
I helped to organize the Kirtland camp in 1838 and traveled with it as far as Springfield, Illinois, was called by council to stop there and take care of the sick. I commenced preaching and soon gathered a branch of the church of forty members over which I presided until January 8, 1839, when the Lord showed my by revelation that I must immediately go to Carthage in Hancock county. I packed up, went with my family and commenced preaching in Carthage and vicinity, and baptized many and organized a branch of the Church of about fifty members called the Crooked Creek branch. About that time Sidney Rigdon, Bishop Partridge and others called on me while on their way to old Commerce to seek a location for the saints who were being driven from Missouri. The location was made and called Nauvoo.
In February, 1840, I purchased a sawmill and a piece of land on Crooked Creek on which I moved with my family. In July we as a branch of the Church were organized into a stake of Zion with all of its officers and quorums. I was ordained a high priest and president of the stake under the hands of Hyrum Smith.[ Hyrum Smith organized the Ramus Stake on 15 July 1840, with Joel H. Johnson as stake president. 5 [Spokes on the Wheel Early Latter-day Saint Settlements in Hancock County Illinois.] A town was laid out and built up by the saints.
On the 11th of September, 1840, my wife, Anna, died leaving me with five small children and on the 20th of October following I married Susan Bryant. In the winter of 1842, President Smith and council thought it best to disorganize the stake on account of a secret organized band of false brethren that had crept in amongst us, and I was honorably discharged from further duties as president.
I was eight miles from Carthage when Hyrum and Joseph Smith were slain on the memorable 27th of June, 1844. On the 13th of November following I was appointed to preside over a small branch of the Church called the Pleasant Vale Branch. October 25, 1845, I took to wife Miss Janet Fife, a Scotch lady. On the 31st day of December, myself and wife Susan received our endowments in the Lord's house in Nauvoo. On the first of May, 1846, about 2 o'clock at night I was called to the door by an armed mob of about one hundred men who had surrounded my house and asked me if I was preparing to leave. I told them that I was, they told me if I was not gone by the first day of June my life would be taken, and my property destroyed and after many more threats they left. Out of four or five thousand dollars worth of property that I owned in Hancock county all that I could raise to help me away with was one horse team worth seventy-five dollars and one yoke of oxen and a borrowed wagon. On the last of May I loaded my family into the wagon, leaving everything else behind and started for Knox county, Illinois, where I had claim on an eight acre soldier right of land, and arrived there on the fourth day of June, 1846. While in Knox County the Lord blessed me with means in a wonderful manner, so that by the 6th of May, 1848, I was able to start to Salt Lake with three wagons and sufficient teams well loaded with family necessaries, provisions, tools, etc. With a few cows and sheep we arrived at Winter Quarters on the Missouri river the 5th of July in Willard Richards' company, arriving at Salt Lake on the 9th day of October, 1848. I stopped at the mouth of Mill Creek Canyon and was ordained Bishop of Mill Creek ward and elected justice of the peace and a member of the legislature of Deseret for 1849-50. In the fall of 1850, I was selected to assist George A. Smith in forming a settlement at Little Salt Lake (now Parowan). I sent with him my two oldest sons and two teams laden with provisions, seed, farming tools, iron saw mills, etc., and in the spring I went down with stock and several more teams laden with necessaries for a new settlement, and at the organization of the city of Parowan, Iron County, court and high council I was elected one of the city council, selectman and one of the high council, and on the 19th day of November, 1851, I was sent by George A. Smith to the Springs twelve miles south of Parowan to make a fort, and myself a farm and herd the stock for Parowan and Cedar cities. The place was called Fort Johnson, now Enoch. In the fall of 1855, I attended the second judicial district court held in Fillmore, Utah, as petit juror. December the 10th, the legislature assembly convened in the state house at Fillmore and I was selected Chaplin of house which office I filled during the session. In the spring of 1857, I was called on a mission to the states and started on the 6th day of April, and arrived at Florence on the Missouri River on the 13th day of June, and returned to Salt Lake City again on the 5th day of October, 1860, and on the 11th went to President Young's office and had Miss Margaret Threlkeld an English woman, sealed to me by the president, and arrived at my home in Iron County on the 29th of October being absent from home over three years. My labors were mostly in preaching to the people in Iowa and presiding at Genoa, Nebraska. In the fall of 1861, I moved my family down the Virgin river. I was then sent by President Erastus Snow up North Creek about six miles to build a saw mill, which I accomplished and planted out large orchards and vineyards and made many other improvements. In July, 1866, I sold out on North Creek and moved back to Virgin City and on the first day of March, 1868, I move to Bellevue. After I was baptized in 1831, I never lived very long in one place while in the states, on account of mob violence and since I have been in Utah have made eleven new places and was never called on a mission, in regards to my faith or the glorious hope that is within me or the mission of Joseph Smith or the true principle of life and salvation through the fullness of the gospel in these last days, when I excused myself. I was at Joseph Smith's when the word of wisdom was given and have strictly harkened to the precepts from that day to the present, by not using tobacco, drinks of any kind, tea or coffee, and but very little flesh. I have written nearly or quite 1,000 hymns and sacred songs, now in manuscript entitled "Zion's Songster" or "Songs of Joel," a few of which have been published in the church works. In this short sketch of my life I have mentioned buy a very few of my labors and travels in the kingdom. My testimony for the last forty eight years has been and still is, that I know that God lives, for I have felt his hand and heard his voice, and I also know that the dispensation of the fullness of the Gospel brought forth through Joseph Smith is the work of God, for his voice has declared it unto me. This is my living and dying testimony to every human being upon the face of the whole earth. Truth eternal truth even so. Amen. Joel H. Johnson, high priest and patriarch in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the only living and true church of God on the face of the whole earth. Father Johnson moved from Bellevue to Johnson in October, 1880. After he moved to Johnson he gave all the children and grandchildren a patriarchal blessing and he promised all of them that the words he pronounced on their heads would come true inasmuch as they obeyed the words of wisdom. He died on the 24th of September, 1882 at Johnson, Kane County, Utah.