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Letter from the Board – October 2, 2016

Dearest Cousins,

It is that time of year again when we have the privilege to come together to celebrate our heritage as descendants of Joseph F. Smith.  Please join us for the annual family reunion/birthday celebration/Family Home Evening on:

Monday, November 14th, 2016
at the Monument Park Stake Center (1320 East Wasatch Drive)
Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

This year we will be privileged to hear from Michael F. Hemingway. Brother Hemingway is currently the Director of Proselyting for the Missionary Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served as the mission president of the New York Rochester Mission from 2007 to 2010. Because of his service there, Brother Hemingway has a great knowledge of the Church historic sites in that part of the country. He will be sharing stories about the influence that Joseph F. Smith had in procuring many of the historic sites in the New York and Vermont areas.

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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