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.
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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.
This site has been created as a service for members of the family to retrieve and submit information that will be useful to all members of the family.
If you have any ideas for items to be placed on the web site, please contact Jared F. Glade, Web Site Coordinator, at email@example.com.
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Hopefully, with the turning of the fall leaves, we will turn our thoughts to family, and family traditions.
Please Join us for the
Joseph F. Smith
Birthday Celebration Family Home Evening
Monday, November 10, 2014
Monument Park Stake Center
1320 South Wasatch Drive
Registration begins at 6:30, in the cultural hall
Program begins promptly at 7:00
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Answer the following questions:
Who is the original owner of the artifact?
How did they obtain it?
Who made it?
What is the piece used for? (tool, decoration)
Is there a special story associated with the piece?
What makes this item an heirloom to your family?
How has it been passed down to the present owner?
Where is it currently located?
Take a picture from all sides and angles.
Document the size and colors.
Remember that as we search for information about artifacts, family history data may be discovered. For example, places the ancestor lived or visited and why.