A visit to the Church Archives

Turley, Theodore CHL copy

Yesterday I attended our semi-annual Theodore Turley Family Organization Meeting in Salt Lake City.  There are several of us who meet every General Conference weekend to talk about and plan ways to keep the memory of Theodore Turley alive in our families.

Historian, Rick Turley and I have been working on a publication of transcriptions of the Papers of Theodore Turley.  Six months ago we put a call out through the family newsletter hoping to find someone with an original copy of the only known photo we have of Theodore.  Copies of the original were made and glued into the inside pages of a transcription of Theodore’s 1839 Missionary Journal.

Last week I received a package in the mail from a lady in Arizona with one of these journal booklets from the late 1950s.  Inside was one of the photos we hoped to find.  After our meetings today, I walked over to the Church Archives, where I met with an archivist who scanned this photo, along with the Elizabeth Degen Bushman photo I discovered last week (see 28 March 2014 entry).

Theodore Turley Journal booklet 1950s 001 Theodore Turley Journal booklet 1950s photo 001

I love how important things keep surfacing.  Sometimes, it seems, we just need to be interested and make an effort, and somehow our paths are directed to the things we need to find.  I hope I never stop being interested!

After my stop at the Archives, I dropped some armloads of fabric off for the ladies at City Creek Ward who will have their next Humanitarian Work Day May 3rd.  Then I drove to Bountiful to meet Heather Maxwell, who has been teaching the ladies in her neighborhood how to sew, using Days for Girls kits to teach them.  Then I headed home, stopping along the way at 3 fabric stores.  She was delightful.  Ahhh, it was a wonderful day, heading into this Conference weekend.

Here’s Heather:2014-4-4 Heather Maxwell, Bountiful (1)

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