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.
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 →
“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.
Greetings from the Trustees and Officers of the Joseph F. Smith Family Association. We are looking forward to our annual family gathering in celebration of “grandpapa’s” birthday. Joseph F. Smith, our “grandpapa”, greatly valued his large family. He said, “the richest of all my earthly joys is in my precious children,” (Life of Joseph F. Smith, comp. Joseph Fielding Smith, 1938, 449.) We ALL are of this noble heritage. We carry on “grandpapa’s” value of a loving, strong family by meetings together. We hope you will join with us for this event.
FAMILY INTERESTS AND CONCERNS
Honoring our 8 yr. olds and our 12 yr. olds. We all will sing, “We’ll Bring the World His Truth”
Family Names and Addresses. Special message from our main data steward, Mary Donoho:
“Yesterday I met a very delightful charming, gifted, charismatic, faithful Latter-day Saint. He was teaching a class I was attending in Advanced Internet Research. I discovered he was a descendant of Joseph F. Smith. No, he isn’t getting our invitations and family updates. No, he doesn’t know which wife of Joseph F. he descends from. He isn’t the only one missing from our database. Maybe this doesn’t bother you, but it bothers Grandpapa Joseph F. Smith. (I know this because sometimes the veil gets very thin.) PLEASE help us update. Fill out the contact information sheet for your family. You can send it snail mail or lightning speed e-mail to your family representative (Names listed in the reunion program) or send it to Andrew with your family dues or send it to me.” Mary Donoho, 9871 N West Crimson Ct, Highland, Utah 84003; firstname.lastname@example.org; 801 756-7305
We are challenging the great grandchildren of Joseph F. Smith to make sure their information is correct as well as submitting the contact information for their children and their grandchildren if they live in a household separate from their parents. What a great gift this would be.
Donations. Our donations pay for reunion expenses (mailing especially), special projects as they come to us and every two years a scholarship to one of our own. Suggestion: $15 per household. Pay: at the reunion, online, by PayPal. Thank you for your support!
Website: Please stop by the Website display at the reunion. It is a wonderful resource for the family.