November 11, 2023

Jacob Hamblin, the Peace Maker

A great thing that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ, is the understanding that all people make a difference in this world, and through the help of the Lord great things can be accomplished. Jacob Hamblin was one of those people, simply doing what was asked of him, and through his righteousness and good intent thousands of lives were changed.

Jacob and his family were called to settle in the St. George area from a prophet of God. Jacob accepted the calling to settle in St. George. Jacob took his family settled in the St. George area, and his home is still there, preserved for visitors. He played a pivotal role in the establishment and success of the St. George area.

Here is an article about Jacob Hamblin done by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:

Jacob Hamblin Home St. George Utah

Years ago on a trip to St. George we stumbled onto the Jacob Hamblin home, the cute missionaries at Brigham Young’s house told us to take a tour of Jacob Hamblin’s home across town. It was a highlight of the trip. Finding stories and connections to the past, is like a treasure hunt. We did not know about Jacob Hamblin’s or his home until that visit.

The missionaries that gave us the tour around the Hamblin home did a great job igniting a desire to learn more about the early pioneers in the St. George area. After visiting the Hamblin home we took a tour of the St. George Temple visitors center and the senior missionary that gave us the tour also shared stories of Jacob Hamblin. This particular missionary was a great-great grandson of Jacob Hamblin and recommended a book of him.

Jacob Hamblin had a pivotal role building bridges of understanding with the Native Americans in the area around St. George. Jacob was a translator, and a friend to the different groups of Native Americans, and spent his life helping other settlers learn and understand the ways of the Native people.

The life of Jacob Hamblin is an amazing read. Jacob Hamblin did not just help the area around St. George, but helped Native people and settlers all throughout the United States, specifically Arizona, and the New Mexico area. Although it is fun to tour around his house in St. George to learn about Jacob Hamblin it is fun to see his influence on other areas throughout the western United States.

Jacob Hamblin in Snowflake Arizona

In the Snowflake Arizona Temple hangs a painting of Jacob Hamblin meeting with Native Americans on horseback. This painting symbolizes the uniting of groups of people, in the gospel of Jesus Christ. At the time of Jacob Hamblin, the relations with different groups of Native Americans was a difficult situation, there were lots of fighting and wars.

At the same time of the wars and troubles of the pioneers with the Native people, there were also peace makers, working for unity. Jacob Hamblin was a peacemaker in the times of trouble. Jacob Hamblin was a trailblazer when it came to Native American relations. Jacob Hamblin, along with the Snowflake Arizona are both symbols of joining all people together through Christ, and Jacob Hamblin was one of the many who built bridges to help understand all people better.

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