If you could be a historical character for a day who would it be and why?
I was asked this question in class today and I couldn't come up with a favorite.
Guthrum started out as a war leader when he came over from Denmark in the 9th Century. He would strike fear into the Saxons as he hunted down Aelfred, the king of the West Saxons, almost catching him out in a midwinter attack on Chippenham when the Saxons celebrated Christmas. Even when he only achieved stalemate, Guthrum achieved recognition by Aelfred as king of East Anglia and overlord over half the Anglian kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria south of the Tees. He outlived Aelfred himself, a 'free agent', too powerful for any West Saxon king after his old nemesis to be removed, too wily even for fellow Danes to outwit in their bid for power, not so foolish as to be drawn into open conflict with Wessex. His 'day' dawned in AD879, and the sun only set on him in AD890 on his deathbed.
I would like to be William Williams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independance. He was one of my ancestors. He wasn't as known as some of the other signers but he has his signature on the document just like the other signers and I would love to be him for that day to feel what it was like to be among such an important group, doing one of the most important things in our history as a country. I can't think of anything that was more important in our history as getting our independance and since one of my ancestors were part of it, he is my hero.
I'd like to be one of the women who followed behind Jesus and the Disciples, providing bread for the journey and being close to the Saviour, hearing what he had to share, being that close to him during the height of his ministry, playing a concrete role in sustaining Jesus and the Disciples. But I wouldn't want it to be a day when he is agonizing over his impending death or during or following the crucifixion. Great question, thanks!
I would be Nephi from the Book of Mormon who was able to see Jesus Christ after the resurrection. He was a great preacher and endured many persecutions from the people who did not believe his witness that Jesus would go to the Americas. Nephi witness destruction and chaos and yet he was able to survive to see the Savior visit. He was give a charge by the Savior to teach His words and establish His church among those people.
It is not just a matter of faith that I would chose Nephi, it is because Nephi was on the dawn of a new society after rebuilding for a year after a cataclysm destroyed much of his society. I want to see how the world looked through his eyes and what his culture was like at such a time amlost 1980 year ago.
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