We spent last weekend visiting one of my favorite places on earth.
Many of my ancestors came here after leaving their homes.
Some came in hand carts, others came from Denmark.
Both my mothers family and my fathers family came here
many many years ago. Some fought off Indians.
Some fed the Indians
Great Grandpa Sorensen emigrated to Ephraim in October of 1853
and was one of the earliest settlers in Ephraim.
This beautiful home was the home of Grandpa and Grandma Hermansen.
Every time I go to Ephraim I have to drive by this home.
These 2 little pumpkins live in my favorite town.
We visited the cemetery. Here is Nora standing on the grave of her
This is Dora
This is Grandpa Anderson better known as Little Joe.
That is my cute mom standing with him.
Dora is her mother.
This is also my mother walking across main street with Grandma Anderson.
She is known as "Minnie."
I think of her often.
Here is little Joe and Minnie on their wedding day.
May 1, 1907
Learning the lessons of the past allows you to walk boldly in the light without running the risk of stumbling in the darkness. This is the way it’s supposed to work. This is God’s plan: father and mother, grandfather and grandmother teaching their children; children learning from them and then becoming a more righteous generation through their own personal experiences and opportunities. Learning the lessons of the past allows you to build personal testimony on a solid bedrock of obedience, faith, and the witness of the Spirit.
Tonight I am grateful for the righteous and brave souls
who have gone before me.
I think of them often.