Category Archives: Family History

An Accounting of my 2020 Year

This has been one interesting year!  There has been nothing like it on record, in the history of the world.  In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters that have swept our globe and our hearts with emotions ranging … Continue reading

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Writing My Fingers to the Bone in Bamako

I started reading Old Friend From Far Away by Natalie Goldberg last February right before the trip that took us from Bamako to Accra, then Abidjan.  I was only one chapter in, when I decided to leave it on my … Continue reading

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“Show how love and joy, beauty and goodness shine out amongst the rubble.” –Wendell Berry

I grew up next door to my Grandma Elsa Laemmlen.  When I was a girl, I wandered through the orchard to visit her, often daily.  I knew her and she knew me.  We didn’t need to say much, we just … Continue reading

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Meeting Martha Cragun Cox, a woman after my own heart.

I have been reading a wonderful book called Women’s Voices:  An Untold History of the  Latter-day Saints 1830-1900 by Kenneth W. Godfrey, Audrey Godfrey and Jill Mulvay Derr.  It is filled with journal entries and first person accounts of women … Continue reading

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Breathing Life into Old Photos

I’ve made a wonderful discovery this week.  Our friends at MyHeritage have offered their photo colorizing services free during this month of COVID-19 drama.  You can upload a black and white photo on their site and in a few seconds, … Continue reading

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Each of us is a Pioneer

Today important visitors arrived in Bamako.  Brother Norbert Ounleu from Accra and Brother Matt Heiss from Salt Lake City have come to gather oral histories from our Pioneer members here in Mali.   This is an exciting time for our members … Continue reading

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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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