Sunday, December 7, 2008
Preaching The Gospel To Bigfoot: LDS Missionaries In Burns Lake, British Columbia Reportedly Saw Sasquatch Footprints Around Their Cabin
Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are comissioned to go out and preach the gospel unto every creature. However, the term "creature" was always assumed to apply only to other sentient human beings.
Until December 2nd. Apparently, Bigfoot wants the Gospel as well.
The Houston-Today website reports that two LDS missionaries received a scare on the night of December 2nd when they saw what they think was a set of sasquatch footprints outside of their Burns Lake home (map of Burns Lake HERE).
Tyler Beck and Brad Blazzard have been assigned to British Columbia for two years, and have rotated through different communities throughout the Smithers and Burns Lake area for the past seven months. "The first thing we thought was that someone was playing a trick on us," Beck said. "But we don't know anyone our age who would do that and our house in on the southside, so pretty much in the middle of nowhere". The footprints, which Beck said was about 20 inches long is right in front of Beck's porch, leading to the path where the pair keep their wood shed.
Beck said prior to finding the footprint at 9:30 p.m. on the night of December 2nd, he didn't really believe in the possibility of bigfoot. "I still don't know what to think," he said. "I have heard some pretty ridiculous things about bigfoot but now I am leaning toward the edge of thinking it may be possible."
The house sits in front of a lake and Beck said in the four-and-a-half months he has been there, he has seen all manner of coyotes and wolves. This is the first time he has seen any sign of the fabled creature.
The article goes on to describe a number of similar incidences taking place during the past six months. A disproportionate number of sightings have occurred in and around the Kitselas First Nations Reserve subdivision east of Terrace on Highway 16.
However, the most noteworthy and detailed bigfoot sighting was reported on July 28th by Delores Harrie. Harrie saw the creature out at her home on Buck Flats Road. When she looked out at the side of her house, she saw a creature that was walking on two legs.
“It was huge and it had long hair, not fur — kind of like the kind you see on an ox and a reddish brown, the colour of the trees that are killed by the pine beetle,” said Harrie. “And it moved so fast, by the time I opened my door it had run from the porch to the other side of the house.” Once outside, the dogs pursued the creature it continued along a dried-up ravine and disappeared into a forested area. Her oldest dog didn’t return for three hours.
When I first read this story, I thought our two missionaries may have had a sudden Word of Wisdom issue. Perhaps they might have got hold of some cider that was a bit "harder" than expected. But the multitude of sightings would tend to preclude that possibility.
We'll just consider it another one of the "mysteries of the kingdom" yet to be resolved.