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Uncle John’s Salve

I’m very interested in finding out the history behind, and maker of, “Uncle John’s Salve”. My hope is that someone in  the family will be familiar with “Uncle John’s Salve” and be willing to share how to make it with the rest of the family. It was amazing for healing skin infections, and drawing slivers out. My dad was a carpenter in this life, and  “Uncle John’s Salve” was a basic in our medicine cabinet! The only thing I’m sure of is that bee’s wax was one of the ingredients.

In a “Home Remedy” Relief Society activity an unrelated friend in my ward shared her healing experience with “Uncle John’s Salve” at the home of Mack & Lavina Kesler (Aunt Donnette’s son.). Bee’s wax is the only ingredient I’m sure of.

Pale Ink

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Henrietta Mertz used a Confucian saying as part of title to her book “Pale Ink”, quoting,

“Pale Ink is better than the most retentive memory.”
I have in my possession some “pale ink”. I was reminded of it by Vivian Adams in her presentation on Hyrum Smith on 15 November 2010, it reads: Continue reading

Sarah Ellen Richards Smith – Founding member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers

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I’m Trina Amundsen Neel. I live in Virginia. I am originally from Salt Lake. I am a great grand daughter of Joseph F. and Sarah Ellen through my mother, Amy Miller Amundsen and her mother Minerva Smith Miller. A cousin was doing some research about the DUP. She learned that Sarah Ellen was a counselor in the first presidency of the DUP but was never made a member. I have Sarah’s DUP application that she had filled out and signed along with the signature of Grandpapa. It is a treasure. It has that she was member #3 but for reasons unknown she never turned it in. We were hoping to right this wrong. Last year my sister Gayle Miller, cousin Jeanetta Peterson and I met with the current DUP president, Maurine Smith. Continue reading

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel Lecture

October 9, 2014

“My Dear Sister”: Joseph F. Smith’s Letters to His Sister, Martha Ann Smith Harris, 1854–1916
by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel

As a 15-year-old missionary on an island in the Pacific, thousands of miles away from his home in Utah, Joseph F. Smith began writing letters to his sister, Martha Ann Smith Harris. During the next six decades, he wrote to her often, sharing insights into his life, dreams, struggles, and work as a missionary, father, and Church leader.

The lectures are held in the Assembly Hall at 7:00 p.m. Validated parking is available at the Conference Center. As you enter the Conference Center parking, inform the attendant that you are going to a lecture and ask for a parking token to use when you exit.