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My Grandfather, Franklin Smuin, LDS Missionary 1915-1917, Southern California

    Today I received a fabulous treasure in the mail–these two photographs of my grandfather, Franklin Smuin, who served an LDS mission 100 years ago. I can’t even remember what took me to the Early Mormon Missionaries database, but … Continue reading

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God’s Perfect Scheduling

We are on the road, away from our Yakima home for several weeks each transfer.  Our lives revolve in these 6-week periods.  This afternoon we were returning home through the Canyons behind our mission home and the hills that were covered … Continue reading

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“to be held in remembrance”

This afternoon we attended a Stake Conference in The Dalles Stake.  During the 4:00 Priesthood Leadership Meeting, I sat in the foyer, preparing my talk for the evening session.  I couldn’t help but notice a grandma near me writing in what … Continue reading

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Ann Laemmlen and Mary Ellen Edmunds in Nigeria: Our report to headquarters 27 October 1984

From 1984-1987 I lived in Eket, Nigeria.  Mary Ellen Edmunds and I were sent to direct a child health project for the Thrasher Research Fund in Salt Lake City.  I recently found this report we sent to headquarters not long … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Thinking of my mom today, on Mother’s Day. Here is an essay I happened across this week that speaks to my heart in many ways.  Not all of us had perfect mothers or perfect relationships.  We all struggle.  My mom … Continue reading

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The Theodore Turley Papers

Today is Theodore Turley’s Birthday!  This last weekend as we prepared to celebrate Theodore’s birthday, family members gathered for a day of temple worship.  I wish I could have joined them.  As part of the celebrations, my friends Rick and … Continue reading

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Celebrating 175 Years of the Relief Society

The Relief Society is the largest women’s organization in the world, organized on this day 175 years ago.  I am so happy to be numbered with women all over the world, from many generations. Here are six generations of covenant … Continue reading

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