Friday, October 26, 2018

Sealing it Away

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Due to Persecution in the St. Louis area, what did Alexander and Margaret Baird have to seal away?
a.                  Their scriptures
b.                  Their tithing money
c.                   Their patriarchal blessings
d.                  Their dead son’s body
Yesterday’s answer:
A   Tax problems
From the life of Mariane (Nielsen) Jespersen Andersen:   Mariane and her husband were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1854. They left their home and property and sailed for America in 1855, leaving three sons behind. Andreas was to leave with them, but ran away as the boat was ready to sail.
Eight children came with them and two of them died while crossing the ocean. Their daughter Kirsten, married while crossing the ocean. After sixty-six days on the ocean, they arrived in New York City. They traveled by rail to Burlington, Iowa, where they stayed while preparing for the journey to Utah. They traveled with the Robert C. Nelson Wagon Company and arrived in Salt Lake Valley, September 15, 1859.
They went directly to Ephraim where their daughter, Kirsten, lived. Mariane gave birth to her last child the following January. That spring, the family moved to Spring City where they stayed until 1865. Then they moved to the Moapa Valley, known as the Muddy. They built a home, raised cotton, wheat, melons, squash, citron, tomatoes, and potatoes. They gathered wild grapes from the banks of the streams.
In 1871, they learned they were living in Nevada and the authorities were demanding back taxes. Unable to pay, they moved back to Monroe, Utah, where they lived in a dugout until they could get a log home built. They spent the remainder of their lives farming. Mariane washed and carded wool and spun it into yarn. From the yarn, she knit shocks and sold them. From potatoes, she made starch to sell. She raise and sold caraway seeds.
She had many traits showing strength of character. She lived her religion, was thrifty and industrious, and was a good manger with business ability. She died at her home at the age of eighty three.

International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, (Publishers Press, 1998), 1: 71.

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