Category Archives: Family History

A Visit from Roger & Jeanne Minert

This morning we stopped at Johnson’s Fruit Stand for delicious cherries, apricots, plumcots and peaches.  I love the feel of this family fruit farm.  We also picked up a warm cherry pie and some oatmeal pear cookies, our favorites!  We … Continue reading

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The Dedication of the Historical Marker at the Churchville Cemetery 8 July 2017

My 3rd Great-grandfather, Theodore Turley moved his family from England to Upper Canada around 1825.  He settled in York, then later moved his family to Churchville, where he acquired some land along the Credit River. This weekend a family history … Continue reading

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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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