Category Archives: Family History

Dad’s Memorial Service 23 November 2019

Arthur Rudolf Laemmlen Memorial November 23, 2019 – Selma, CA Ward Paul Laemmlen’s Funeral Talk Thanks for attending There are many people to thank who have stepped in and helped with my dad over the last few weeks: ▪ Kris … Continue reading

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Dad made it to the end of his row.

Early this morning, Dad went Home.  He made it to the end of his earthly row!  Oh, how I love him and oh how I’ll miss him, and oh how happy I am for him to be Home! I didn’t … Continue reading

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Raisins and Some Grape Etiquette

I was born and raised in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, the granddaughter and daughter of a farmer.  All of my father’s ancestors were grape growers in Germany, and they still are today.  I grew up running through … Continue reading

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Dad’s 89th Birthday and a Visit to Reedley

John and I flew to Fresno this week to visit my Dad and Kris in Reedley.  He turned 89 on September 20th.  I gave him the quilt I finished last week called “Worlds Without End.”  Something to remember me by … Continue reading

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Timpanogos Storytelling Festival 2019

I’ve just spent two days at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival at nearby Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah.  Thirty years ago this festival started in Karen Ashton’s backyard.  She invited me then, and she’s invited me every year since.  It was … Continue reading

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The Martin and Elizabeth Degen Bushman Bible

I held in my hands a treasure today.   This is the Martin Bushman Family Bible that was published and sold by Kimber and Sharpless at their bookstore in Philadelphia in 1833. Last week at the Elias Bushman reunion in Lehi, … Continue reading

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An Elias Bushman Family Reunion in Lehi

On Saturday 27 July I celebrated Jacob Bushman’s birthday (my 2nd Great-grandpa) by attending a family reunion of his brother Elias’s descendants in Lehi, Utah.  I was thrilled to learn about this gathering and happy to go meet some of … Continue reading

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Pioneer Day Talk–Sacrifice and Service

Here is a talk I gave in our Orem Stonewood 4th Ward on Pioneer Day, 24 July 2011 Ann Lewis Pioneer Day–Sacrifice and Service I was born and raised on a farm in a small town in central California. My … Continue reading

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Girls at Mutual Dell Girls Camp learn about Journal Writing

This evening I was invited to speak to a group of young women at a girls camp at Mutual Dell in American Fork Canyon.  They asked me to talk about Journal Writing and why it’s important.  That’s a topic I … Continue reading

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Go Forward with Faith

Today is the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the coming together of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point in Utah.  I’ve been reading about what Brigham Young called the “pivotal and sweeping” changes this mode of transportation brought to … Continue reading

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