I. Patriarchal blessing on November 9, 1893 from Patriarch John Smith.
II. Patriarchal blessing on March 16, 1896 by Patriarch Chas. D. Evans.
III. Missionary blessing and ordination to a Seventy in Salt Lake Temple Annex, June 15, 1898 by Apostle F. M. Lyman prior to his leaving for Southern States Mission
IV. Patriarchal blessing March 3, 1901, in Vernal, Utah by Patriarch Nelson Merkley, Jr.
V. Patriarchal blessing December 29, 1901 in Lehi, Utah-by Patriarch Henry Moyle.
VI. Patriarchal blessing November 10, 1910 in Salt Lake City by John Smith, Patriarch.
VII. Patriarchal blessing February 2, 1910 in Lehi by Henry Moyle, Patriarch.
VIII. Patriarchal blessing February 5, 1910 in Lehi by James Kirkham, Patriarch.
IX. Patriarchal blessing on January 17, 1919 in Salt Lake City by Hyrum G. Smith, Presiding, Patriarch.
X. Story of Drought in Alberta in May, 1922.
XI. Letter of commendation on release from head of first Seminary in Alberta, from 1903 to 1921 by Adam S. Bennion.
XII. Conference Notes 1926
XIII. Letters from C. E. Allred of Knoxville, N. C. on genealogical help.
XIV. New Year's Greetings 1942 and 1943 from J. Urban Allred to his children
XV. Letter from Pres. David O. McKay in answer to a letter written to him by father when he became President of the Church in 1951.
XVI. Missionary experiences written by father to Mrs. Joseph Quayle, Nashville, Tenn. 1953.
XVII. Family Record and Ordinations.
XVIII. Summary of Genealogical Work.
XIX. Treasures From Father's Pocket Notebooks.
XX. Funeral Services for J. Urban Allred.
XXI. “What My Father Meant to Me” by his children.
Patriarchal blessing on November 9, 1893 from Patriarch John Smith.
Lehi City, Utah Co. U. T.
November 9, 1893
A blessing given by John Smith, Patriarch, on the head of J. Urban Allred, son of James and Kate Allred, born in Lehi City, May 21st, 1874.
Brother J. Urban Allred, thou art numbered among the sons of Zion of whom much is expected. It is therefore necessary that you be prudent in thy daily walk and conversation. That you learn to listen to the whispering of the spirit and strive to inform thy mind in regard to the principles of life and salvation, and prepare thyself for future usefulness: and live up to thy privileges, for the time is not far distant when you may be called to labor in the ministry, for it shall be thy duty to sit in counsel with thy brethren, and to preside among them, to let thy voice be heard in the defense of truth and virtue among the nations of the earth and upon islands in the sea, that you assist in gathering scattered Israel and become a Savior among thy kindred.
Thou art of Ephraim and entitled to the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Follow the promptings of the monitor within thee and thou shalt fill up the measure of thy creation. Thy posterity shall be numerous and honorable in the land.
Thou shalt feed many with both spiritual and temporal food and as a father in Israel thou shalt be known far and near, and when necessary thou shalt prophesy. The angel who was given thee at thy birth shall direct thy course and give thee power over thine enemies and thou shalt fulfill thy mission. Therefore, remember that there is a God in Israel and that he will reward according to merit, and all shall be well with thee.
This blessing, with all which thou art heir to, I seal upon thee in the name of Jesus Christ, and I seal thee up unto Eternal Life to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection, a savior in thy father’s house. Even so, Amen.
Patriarchal blessing on March 16, 1896 from Patriarch Chas. D. Evans.
Provo, March 16th, 1896
A blessing by Patriarch Chas. D. Evans upon the head of J. Urban Allred, son of James Allred and Kate Allred, born Lehi, Utah, May 21st, 1874.
Brother J. Urban in the name of Jesus Christ and by virtue of the holy priesthood I lay my hands on thy head and pronounce and seal a blessing upon thee, for thou art an heir of the holy priesthood through the heaven annointed lineage of Ephraim, and thy life is hid with thy Savior, for thou art one of the elect concerning whom the angels had charge before the earth was framed and thou wilt be called to great responsibilities in the church and thy light will increase from this hour and through this seal of the pattiarch.
Thy testimonies shall be strong and thy mind be quickened and thou shalt know the things that are hidden, for the secrets of the Lord will be opened to thee, and the written word spring into new life before thee, and thou shalt be a teacher of men; a great father in Israel, and shalt have government over thy household and thy offspring shall be numerous and honor and reverence thy name.
Thou shalt dwell long in the land and see thy children's children when the land is cleansed with violence. Thy righteousness shall not depart from thee, nor thy light grow dim. By thy priesthood the sick shall be healed, and the lame walk; and the blind see; devils will fear thee and flee at thy presence. And thou shalt minister in Holy Temples and thy power shall affect the elements and the cyclone shall turn aside from thee, and thou shalt stand in the flesh when plagues devour the wicked, and nothing for thy glory shall be withheld from thee.
Thy inheritance shall be sealed on earth and in Heaven, and thou shalt live to behold thy Savior's face and thy mind expand to a fullness. Thou shalt be seated upon Thy throne of glory as King and Priest over thy house forever, for to thy dominion there shall be no end, and at the marriage supper of thy Savior shalt thou be an honored guest. Thy feet shall bearthe message of salvation to lands distant and thou shalt bind up the law and close the testimony, and I seal thee up unto Eternal lives, and to thrones and dominions in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Missionary blessing and ordination to a Seventy in Salt Lake Temple Annex on June 15, 1898 by Apostle F. M. Lyman prior to his leaving for the Southern States Mission
A MISSIONARY BLESSING
Given upon the head of Elder J. Urban Allred, in the Salt Lake Temple Annex, June 15th, 1898, by Apostle F. M. Lyman
Brother J. Urban Allred: We ordain you a Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and seal upon your head all the authority, keys and powers that pertain to this office in the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood.
And we set you apart for a mission to the Southern States of the United States, to preach the Gospel, to bear record of the mission of the Prophet Joseph in these latter-days and to bear testimony also to the mission of the Son of God, the Savior of the world, to be an especial witness of the Lord Jesus. We bless you that the Spirit of this ministry and calling may be abundantly upon you, that you may go safely in your journey to the land of your destination and labor there successfully in the midst of the people, having liberty of the Holy Ghost to speak the words of eternal life and to minister to the people who are now unacquainted with the doctrines of the Gospel, that you may have liberty of speech and that your heart may be filled with the words of eternal life, that the Holy Ghost shall guide you in all that you shall say and do, that you may be under the direction of the Lord from this very moment and that His Spirit may fill your soul, that you may be energetic and faithful and determined in the discharge of your duties fearlessly. Be humble as a little child, meek and lowly, that the inspiration of the Holy Ghost may well up in thy soul and that thou mayest be plainspoken, yet meek, speaking with power and under the Spirit that shall win the hearts of the people and bring them to consider well the words of life and the plan of life that thou shalt present unto them. We dedicate you unto this ministry, to go in safety and to return in peace and to fulfill the requirements that are upon you as an Elder in Israel. We bless you that you may find friends, have influence, accomplish great good and have souls for your hire, that when the end shall come that you shall have saved not only one soul - your own - but many other souls in the Celestial Kingdom of our God, through your ministry and faithfulness, and your labors shall be crowned with eminent success.
These blessings we seal upon you and all your former ordinations and blessings in the Church and Kingdom of God, and say that they shall be thine in time and in eternity, and we seal every blessing that has been pronounced upon you in the past, sealing you up unto eternal life, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen,
Leo Hunsaker, Reporter
PATRIARCHAL BLESSING MARCH 3, 1901
Vernal, Uintah Co. Utah
March 3, 1901
A blessing given by Nelson Merkley, Jr., Patriarch of Uintah Stake, upon the head of J. Urban Allred, son of James and Kate Jones Allred, born at Lehi City, Utah, May 21, 1874.
Brother J. Urban Allred, in the name of Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood which I bear, I place my hands upon your head and seal and confer a blessing upon you; and pray God the Eternal Father to fill you with His Holy Spirit, that it may be your constant companion through life; and through your obedience and diligence your faith shall increase and your knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ shall increase; and it shall be your duty and mission wherever you go to lift your voice against sin, and to warn those who are doing evil to repent of their sins; and you shall have power and success in these labors; for it shall be your privilege to live long upon the earth, if you observe well the laws of nature; but nevertheless the adversary may strive to lead you from the path of duty, and may tempt thee in many ways; but let your faith fail not, and do not let your diligence slacken, and you will overcome all temptation; and power will be given into your hands that you shall be able to command the elements and they shall obey; and you shall have power over evil spirits and they shall be obedient to thy command; and you shall be blessed with this world's goods, all that is necessary for your welfare and comfort, and thy table shall be spread with the bounties of life, and none shall go from your door hungry; and you shall administer comfort and consolation to those who are in distress, for thou art a son of Zion, and thou shall become a father in Israel, and thy posterity shall bear thy name in honorable remembrance before the Lord. Therefore lift up your head and rejoice, and let thy faith fail not; and thou shall receive a crown of eternal life.
This blessing I seal upon you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
PATRIARCHAL BLESSING DEC. 29, 1901
Lehi City Dec. 29, 1901
A patriarchal blessing by Henry Moyle upon the head of J. Urban Allred son of James Allred and Kate Jones, born at Lehi City, May 21, 1874.
Brother J. Urban, in the name of Jesus Christ and by authority of the Holy Priesthood I pronounce and seal upon thee a Patriarchal blessing. Thou art of royal lineage, having descended thru the loins of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and thou art numbered with the chosen seed, even one of the Lord's elect, and thy lineage is that of Ephraim, and, thru thy faithfulness no blessing shall be withheld from thee, which the true son’s of God are heir to. Thou hast been held in reserve to come forth in this day to take thy mission, which is a great and glorious one. Thy privileges and opportunities are great and much will be required of thee and great responsibilities will rest upon thee. Thou shalt become a shining light and as a polished shaft in the Lord's ministry. Thou shalt live long to lead and guide the rising generation by which they shall be raised to a higher plane of righteousness and intelligence. Thou shalt sit in the councils of the Holy Priesthood and preside, among them and perform a great and a mighty work in Israel which shall tend to the building up and the establishing of the stakes throughout the land of Zion. Thy name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and thou shalt be numbered with the fathers in Israel. Thy name shall be had from generation to generation in honor by thy posterity; for to thy increase there shall be no end. It will be thy duty to labor for thy departed kindred. Thou shall be annointed a king and a priest unto God. Thou shall receive sufficient of this world's goods for the comfort and the adornment of thy homes. Gifts of the spirit shall be imparted unto thee even the spirit of discernment and prophecy and every blessing thy heart shall desire in righteousness shall be thine. And I seal thee up unto Eternal life to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection with thy eternal inheritance sealed upon thee a Savior on Mt. Zion to enter the pearly gates of the celestial Kingdom and with thy queens enthroned with celestial glory, thou shalt rule and reign in the house of God forever. These blessings are thine, dear brother, through thy faithfulness, which I seal upon thee in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Patriarchal blessing November 10, 1910
Salt Lake City, November 10th, 1910
A blessing given by John Smith, Patriarch, upon the head of J. Urban Allred, son of James and Kate Jones Allred, barn in Lehi, Utah county, Utah, May 21, 1874.
Brother J. Urban Allred, Thou art of the house of Israel. Thy name is written in the Lamb's book of life, and at an early day you were chosen of the Father to labor in His vineyard. At an early day a decree did go forth that you had a mission to fill inwhich there should be many changes, and that you should see much of the world; lift up thy voice among strangers; bearing the message of life and salvation unto those in darkness. In thy journeying among the people thus far it has been thy privilege to witness the arm of the Lord made bare. It has been thy privilege to prophesy; to lay hands upon the sick; rebuke the destroyer, and the sick has been raised up. Reflect often upon the past and thou shalt realize that the hand of the Lord has been over thee; that thy guardian angel has removed barriers from thy way; and that thy life has been preserved for a purpose. By reflection thou shalt realize that thy mission is not yet finished; neither thy race run. By reflection incidents of the past shall be brought to thy mind which will give thee evidence that thy petitions have been heard, and thou hast yet much to do in order to complete thy mission upon the earth. By reflection thy memory shall receive strength, and through experience thy faith shall increase; and as you advance in years, thou shalt advance in knowledge, and by listening to the whisperings of that still small voice thy duty shall be made known.
Thou art of Ephraim and an heir to the priesthood. Live up to thy privileges, and thy name shall go forth in honorable remembrance among the people and as a father in Israel thou shalt be known far and near. Therefore be comforted. This blessing I seal upon thee in the name of Jesus Christ and I seal thee up unto eternal life to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection.
Even so. Amen.
Patriarchal blessing February 2, 1911
Patriarchal blessing by Henry Moyle upon the head of J. Urban, son of James H. Allred and Kate Jones, born at Lehi, Utah Co., Utah, May 21st, 1874.
Bro. Allred by virtue and authority of the Holy Priesthood I pronounce and seal upon thee a patriarchal blessing. Put thy trust in the Lord and be of good cheer for the arm of his love surrounds thee, and thy mission of life thus far com pleted, is acceptable unto Him. The trials, disappointments and sorrow of heart thou hast realized shall be sanctified to thy future development, growth and progress; and shall tend to thy glory and exaltation in our Father's kingdom. Therefore, continue true and faithful to thy covenants and to the privileges and opportunities afforded thee and thy pathway shall grow bright; and the rays of the sunshine of heaven, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, shall not forsake thee; and ere long peace, joy and contentment shall reign in thy family circle to thy joy and satisfaction. Be faithful and true to the counsel and calls of the Holy Priesthood; and in due time the bounties and good things of the earth shall be thine to thy satisfaction; and with every blessing thy heart may desire in righteousness.
I seal thee up unto eternal life; a savior in thy father's house, to many of thy progenitors, kindred and friends, to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection a king and a priest unto the Most High with thy queens to rule and reign in the house of Israel forever.
This blessing I seal upon thee on condition of thy faithfulness, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Patriarchal blessing February 5, 1911
Given at Lehi, Feb. 5, 1911
A blessing given under the hands of James Kirkham, Patriarch, upon the head of J. Urban, the son of James and Kate Jones Allred,born May 21, 1874 at Lehi City, Utah Co., Utah, U.S.A.
Urban, in the authority of the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I seal upon your head a Patriarchal blessing and say unto thee, dear brother, if thou wilt be faithful and true to thy covenants that no blessing that is right and proper for you to receive shall be withheld from you. Thou art of the house of Jacob, even of the tribe of Ephraim, and if thou art faithful thou shalt participate in and enjoy the glory and blessings that shall rest down upon that glorious household. The Lord remembers thee therefore thou shalt put, thy trust in His arm arid fear not.
The day is coming and near at hand when thou shalt receive the desire of thine heart and that, too, within the Holy walls of the Temple. Thy voice has been heard in lands afar off, yet shall it speak again to those who sit in darkness.
Thy name shall be handed down from generation to generation in honor before the Lord. Thy sons and thy daughters shall rise up and bless thee and spirits unborn shall honor thy name. Because of thy good works the earth shall yield in abundance for thy sake. Thou shalt be blessed in flocks and herds; therefore, thou shalt forget not the Lord nor thy oblations unto Him, and thy hand labors shall be rewarded one hundred fold.
The spirits of the departed loved ones shall commune with thee, and their influence shall be a guiding star to thy life.
In the House of the Lord thou shalt turn the key which shall throw open the prison doors and those of the departed, for generations gone, shall rejoice in thy great works.
Thou shalt seek knowledge and ask for wisdom for thou shalt stand as a living witness of the divinity of the Prophet Joseph and his great mission upon the earth and that Jesus is the Christ. Thou shalt help weld the chains that shall bind the adversary; for the Lord will give thee power to rebuke him and his hosts. The sick shall be healed under thy hands and the lame leap for joy, and the deaf shall hear the words of thy mouth.
Thou shalt behold the glory of the Lord rest down upon Mt. Zion and her enemies pass away like the falling snow before the glorious sunshine. Thou shalt behold nations rise against nation, and the cry of war throughout the land, the earth shake and the sea roll beyond its bounds, and men’s hearts fail them; if thou shalt put thy trust in the arm of Jehovah and prepare thyself for the great day of the coming of the Son of man.
I bless thee with health and long life that thou mayst live even until thy hair be as white as wool, that thou mayst stretch forth thy hands and bless future generations and stand upon the walls of Zion as a watch man to cry unto the people, "Lo, the bridegroom cometh;" when a pillar of fire shall rest down upon the Holy Temple by night and a cloud to o'er shadow it by day.
Now I seal thee up to come forth in the morning of the First Resurrection to be numbered among the valiant and true to receive a crown of immortality and eternal life, to behold the face of thy Redeemer, and with thy companion and those whom the Lord will yet give thee, to dwell in the Celestial Kingdom of our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, worlds without end. Amen.
Patriarchal blessing January 17, 1919
at Salt Lake City, Utah
A blessing given by Hyrum G. Smith, Patriarch, upon the head of J. Urban Allred, son of James Allred and Kate (Jones) Allred, born May 21, 1874 at Lehi, Utah.
Brother J. U. Allred: According to thy desire I place my hands upon thy head, and as the Spirit of the Lord shall direct us, give unto thee a blessing for thy comfort and benefit because of thy faithfulness. Thou art numbered among the honored sons and fathers in Israel. The Lord has heard thy prayers; He knoweth the integrity of thy heart; He has been pleased with thy devotion in His service; He has blessed thy testimonies and will continue to bless them for thy good and for the good of the Cause of Truth and Righteousness in the earth. Thou need never lack for friends, but shall be comforted in the discharge of thy duties. Thou shalt also be comforted in the blessings that shall come to thee through thy children and loved ones. And because of thy diligence in observing the whisperings of the Holy Spirit, thou shalt avoid the designs of the adversary both for thyself and for thy loved ones who shall depend upon thee for guidance, for teaching,and for comfort. Thy name shall live in honorable remembrance from generation to generation, both through thy deeds and through thy posterity. Continue, therefore, to acknowledge the hand of the Lord in thy blessings, and thou shalt go about from place to place in, the discharge of thy duties attended by the preserving and protecting care of the Lord; and shall be enabled to do good wherever thy lot may be cast. Continue, therefore, to be prudent in the use of thy time and thy talents, and the Lord will bless thee with Wisdom and the spirit of Discernment and Discretion, to choose well thy part in thy labors and in the mission of life. Thou shalt also be enabled to meet thine obligations both temporally and spiritually, for the Lord will bless thee with wisdom and with the exercise of such other gifts as will enable thee to perform thy duties and to fulfill thy mission in honor. Therefore, be comforted, be faithfull, be humble and the Lord will not forget thee but will comfort and sustain and provide every blessing and gift that will be necessary to help thee to fulfill thy mission in honor before Him. Therefore, go forth in faith and in good cheer, keeping thy trust in the Lord, and His blessings will ever be with thee, even unto the end in faithfulness.
I seal this blessing upon thy head through thy faithfulness. And seal thee up even unto eternal life, to come forth in a glorious Resurrection, with thy kindred and loved ones, among the redeemed and glorified of Israel, by virtue of the Holy Priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Hyrum G. Smith, Patriarch.
RAINS BREAK DROUGHT ACCORDING TO PREDICTION OF PROPHET
Church News Sept. 16, 1961
Fans fluttered and men wiped their foreheads with handkerchiefs throughout the crowded meetinghouse in Raymond, Alberta, Canada. Everyone seemed on the verge of wilting in the stifling heat.
Out in the surrounding fields, the crops were withering. It was the middle of May, 1922, and there had been no rain since April. The April showers had given the early grain a start, but with no rain since, the situation was getting serious.
For five years the area had been suffering from drought. There was no water stored in reserve for irrigation. Rain was the only hope.
Worry -- even desperation -- was reflected in the faces of the stake conference congregation. Because of the prolonged dry spell the banks and merchants were taking no chances. They had decided to allow no further loans or credit. The choice seemed to be starve or leave.
Elder Melvin J. Ballard of the Council of the Twelve rose to speak. "Plant all the grain you can,” was his astonishing advice. “You will have a good year with sufficient moisture to make good crops." The people were much encouraged by the advice and acted accordingly. But the hot, dry weather continued. A non-Mormon asked one of the bishops in the stake, "What about the prediction of your prophet?”
“What he said will come true." the bishop said firmly.
Little hope remained by the end of the month. Then on the 28th of May, the promised rains began. The farmers in the Raymond area harvested bumper crops that year. The man who made the prediction, Elder Melvin J. Ballard, understood the problems of the farmer. He also knew the ways of the Lord. He had learned both in personal experiences from boyhood.
January 18, 1924
Mr. J. U. Allred
Raymond, Alta., Canada
Dear Brother Allred:
Your letter has just come to my attention with the announcement that you have been released from your connection with the Religion Class work.
May I take this occasion to congratulate you on your long service and to express the appreciation of the commission of Education and all of the brethren here at headquarters on such a devotion. I just trust that the spirit of Religion Class work has brought to you the satisfaction which you are entitled to because of your faithful service. I feel confident that the spirit of the gospel has been an ample reward and yet we like upon these occasions to let our fellow-workers know that we appreciate what they have done.
May the Lord continue to bless you and make you equal to all that may lie ahead of you in your life.
Sincerely your brother,
Raymond, Alberta, Canada.
J. Urban Allred set apart, Sept. 29, 1904 as Stake Superintendent of Religion Classes in Taylor Stake under the hands of the Stake Presidency and Apostle John W. Taylor (John W. Taylor being mouth) at the Stake Priesthood meeting at Raymond, Saturday September 29, 1904.
Conference Notes August 11, 1926
( I am not sure if these are Conference Notes or a talk given sometime. But they are ina little notebook with notes on General Conference and Quarterly Conference. At the end are a few blank pages in which Hugh Bruce has attempted to write his name. Father has a number of other pocket-sized notebooks filled with Conference notes. They are taken in an orderly fashion and often have the speakers thoughts down in notated order. But always he was able to pick out the kernel of truth, the essential principle contained in each talk presented. I wanted to present at least one of these notebooks to show his orderly and analytical mind.)
1. Importance of.
2. What it is.
3. Relationship to:
1. Akin to Repentance
4. Nature of -
2. Based on intelligence not ignorance.
5. Restraint of Nature
Countless forces and laws surround man and he must learn to obey them.
6. Restraint of Man
Shall man obey man?
1. Is system right?
2. Acting on authority?
7. Eternal law and laws of nature are part of each other.
8. Man and Church are active organism
When truth is given them promises to use that truthshould be required.
9. Results --
1. Disobedience -
2. The greatest freedom or greatest punishment --Enlargement of soul
10. The Church stands for highest principles which man can obey via:
1. Faith in God.
3. More blessed to give than receive.
4. Do unto others, and etc.
5. Not wait to be commanded in all things.
Growth measured in terms of obedience.
Scriptures: "Obedience to law upon that blessing is predicated." (D&C 130 -20)
"Obedience is better than sacrifice." (1 Sam. 15 -22)
Letters from C. E. Allred, University of Tennessee, of Knoxville, Tenn. on genealogical help.
Excerpts from these letters: “In looking over the 1779 tax list of Randolph County, N. C., I notice that the residents were divided into six districts such as Joseph Hind's District, John Hind's District, etc. Did you obtain a map showing the approximate boundaries of each of these districts? If so I would appreciate a copy, which would be very helpful.
Did you obtain information about the family or families residing at or near the post office of Allreds, just south of the Randolph Co. line? When was that post office established? Just what relation are those families to the early Allreds of Randolph County.
Which of the early Allreds were Quakers?
Which of the early Allreds were Regulators?
Which of the early Allreds were Tories.
. . . Also I talked with Dr. Waterhouse's Wife, and she promised to try to find the Diary kept by pioneer Richard G. Waterhouse. I have hopes that it may throw additional light on Blackstone Waterhouse Allred and his mother's family.
. . . Thank you for your recent letter. I mailed your notebook to you on Feb. 23, and insured it for the highest amount the post office would cover. At present I do not have at hand the information which you requested on W. E. Allred’s family, but will try to get it and send it to you soon.
I do have some information on W. E. 's older brother, John Lloyd Allred. He married Lillie Mae Cantrell, who survives. They have eight children living as follows: Mrs. Arthra Dodson, Mrs. AIda Cluff, Mrs. Eliza Lacy, Mrs. Nenia Behnken, Miss Selma Allred, Mrs. Otto Tinch, William C. Allred, and John Allred.
Apparently you were afraid your notebooks or diaries would be lost if loaned to me. However, there would be no danger of this unless they were lost in the mail, as they would not be kept but a short time, and would be filed in steel cabinets in what is supposed to be a fireproof building.
I am trying to obtain information on the descendants of William Bailey Allred, son of F. C. Allred, who was born about time of the Civil War, and settled in Oklahoma. He is said to have had about five children, so there should be several descendants out there somewhere.
Thank you for your encouragement. It is certainly needed, what with the family so scattered, with the limited time that I have available for it, and the lack of interest or cooperation from many members who should be as much interested in the work as I am. It is easy to see why so many people get discouraged and quit, after working at it a little while.
. . . On your recent visit you asked if I could supply you with information on the Allreds.
1. On a trip to Little Rock, Ark. last week I noticed that people of that name reside there.
2. I have been told that the Allred family came from Yorkshire, England, very near Scotland border. Have you this information?
3. I have in my possession a powder flask which is said to have been brought over by the Allred's from Ireland. This indicates that they might have stopped for a time in Ireland, as so many "Scotch – Irish” did. Is this correct?
4. Mr. L. H. Allred, attorney, Erwin, Tenn. is very much interested in tracing the history of the
5. Have you been able to locate the coat of arms of the Allred family? I understand these were
quite popular in England many years ago.
These letters date from Sept. 8, 1946 to July 4, 1956. On the envelopes is given the date in which that letter was answered. There are 20 letters in all from this man.
Also in this packet of letters there are answers to correspondence from father asking for genealogical information from Forrest Markland, Casper, Wyo., Maxine Pugh, Greensboro, N.C., Mrs. Earl Coltrane, Jamestown, N. C., Mr. H. C. Allred, Alamance, N. C., Jennie Brotherson, Spring City, Utah., Mrs. Loya Beck, Los Angeles, Calif., G. O. Anderson, Haines #1, Oregon, R. A. Berry, Provo, Utah, Mrs. A. Redford (Calvert genealogy) Lethbridge, Alberta, Mrs. Jeter A. Allred, Rt. 2, Ellerbe, N. C., Colon Allred, Cedar Falls, N. C.
Upon learning of father's death, Prof. C. E. Allred wrote the following letter to mother:
440 W. Hillvale
July 16, 1956
Miss Helen Allred
Mrs. Edna B. Allred
Dear Miss and Mrs. Allred:
Your letter of July 10 came as a great shock to Eliza and me, as Mr. J. Urban Allred appeared in such splendid health when he visited us less than a year ago. We had hoped that he would be spared for many more years of productive work.
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. He was such a loveable character, that we are not surprised that an exceptionally large number of people attended his funeral.
We are glad that we had the opportunity last year to know him better, and that those at the Allred Reunion in N. C. were permitted to hear him once more.
Your husband and father has made a great contribution to Allred family history, to my mind the greatest of any man. I always enjoyed his letters very much, and always learned something of value from them. feel like I know you both, as he has spoken of you often, both by letter and in person.
We hope that some arrangements can be made for the fine genealogical research which he was doing to be continued. Because of his deep interest, I am persuaded to believe that nothing would be more pleasing to him.
I don't know whether he told you or not, but I have a daughter named Helen. She was visiting us when he was here last fall.
With deepest sympathy,
C. E. Allred.
NEW YEAR'S GREETING 1942 - 43
FROM J. U. ALLRED TO HIS CHILDREN
New Year Greetings
-- 1942 --
The day is gone, the shadows of the night have long since cast darkness over the beautiful Cache Valley from mountain top to the rivers below. Our household is all huddled and are in bed except your father; the smoldering embers in the grate glow are low; even the traffic on the busy streets is almost hushed and the music of the Christmas carols broadcast over our city has ceased, reminding us anew that the Christmastide is at hand and that the year 1941 is almost spent. Thank the Lord for the darkness, in which men and nature can rest, as well as the light and the brightness of day.
Amid these surroundings I have sat in meditation -- in retrospection of the past and a contemplation of the future. I cannot speak to you my children so I will speak by pen and commit the written word to the faithful custody of our Uncle Sam!
Father Time marks the hour and tells us that the old year is done and that a new year dawns on a troubled war torn, suffering world.
Events move most rapidly -- pages of untold history are made almost every hour of the day. Men and women's hearts are chilled cold with the atrocities of wholesale bloodshed --the ravishes of war throughout the entire world while the so-called Christian Nations acclaim the teachings of the Prince of Peace who said: “I come to bring you peace"-- such a condition is a solemn traversy on the teachings of the Divine Teacher.
Perhaps the greatest emotion that can fill the human soul is the emotion of gratitude and thanksgiving to the Giver of all blessings. I am grateful to our Father for the fullness and richness of His blessings! For in my retrospections I plainly see His Divine Hand over His children and over His divine work. I clearly see His benevolent hand of protection over me in all the years of my life and there comes to me a peace from within my soul --as peace and happiness must ever spring from the prepared soul --that expells all fear and doubt.
What shall I say to the bounteous Giver of all these high privileges which I enjoy and which He intimated and promised to me in my youth!
I would be poor indeed if I were not grateful and gave special cognizance of the noble birthright and lineage which He gave me: that my feet were early set in the way of virtue and honor by God's appointed teachers --my God fearing parents: that in all the tribulous course of mortal life --nearly 68 years --I have kept in my heart those parental admonitions, and the teachings of the Divine teachers whom the Lord set in His Church, among whom I have been always environed to the extent that a marvelous work and a wonder is in time to be accomplished -the redemption of a soul --one who was selfish, ignorant, disobedient and helpless.
Out of the limitations of the past the Father led me to accept these limitless blessings and privileges of the ordinances of the Holy Priesthood, hence the great blessing of a noble posterity --wives and children in the bonds of eternal reality which, upon faithfulness, brings a fullness of those eternal blessings which mortal man cannot fully comprehend.
I am thankful, Father, for an honorable posterity, and that we have a standing among the records of Thy great Church. That this crowning blessing and also that our household would be sustained and blessed with enough of this world's goods, sufficient for our needs, has been fulfilled most marvelously. Up to the close of this eventful year and will, I am assured, be even more abundantly manifested in Thy divine goodness as the countless years come and go, if we are faithful, as the Lord is unfailing in His promises --all of which and more are a fulfillment of the promises of the Patriarchs early in my life.
I shall be grateful for my homes among God's people -eight of them -six in Alberta and two in Utah. Shall I forget that the earth has been blessed for my sake? That in our struggle for an earthly existence we were abundantly blessed? Grateful am I that in this struggle for a subsistence for a living from the soil during those 34 years in Canada we learned the lesson of work and toil --its honor and efficiency which, touched by the Divine, enabled us to succeed in that most wholesome command, "Thou shalt earn thy bread by the sweat of thy brow." Grateful for the lessons of frugality and industry and their effect in giving self-direction to the human soul. Grateful for tears of deepest sorrow shed as we stood beside open graves, as Father, in His wisdom, laid the hand of death on our ranks --four wonderful children and a devoted, loving wife --Mother Amelia, the wife of my young manhood. For the comfort of His spirit and His divine manifestations to me that dried those tears and healed our wounded spirits so that today those healed sorrows are like shafts of light and hope from the unseen world beckoning theway and filling our heartswith a new born faith.
Most grateful, too, for the clearness of the vision and the constant assurances and understanding, which I have of God's great plan of redemption --Gospel of Jesus Christ. That I have been highly honored to bear that message in His divine authority in the missionary field -- four of them--and that in that ministry the Lord sustained and intervened in my behalf most miraculously and fu1filled my words of promise of blessings to those who needed those blessings.
I realize more tonight than perhaps ever before in my life the significance of the words of my good mother when she said to me shortly before her death in her eightieth year: "Urban, you are a blessed man!” This in view of these and many other unmentioned blessings. He who marks the sparrows fall has not forgotten us and we have been most abundantly, blessed, and our feet occupy positions of favor as well as great responsibilities before Him and our Father expects that each one of us do not fail Him and make ship wrecks of our mortal estates; no member of our family need fail if we put forth our hand and cooperate with the Divine.
I trust the spirit of gratitude expressed to our Father should possess our souls for His abundant blessing upon us as a family and especially His mercy and blessing upon our Kate in her recent experience in which her life hung by a thread between life, and death; for it was only through the power of prayer and the blessing of God's servants that she is with us as a blessing to her family. In our own home we asked the Lord many times for Him to spare her life and today we give humble acknowledgement and witness that those, our united prayers, were heard and I trust that we shall be ever grateful for her life and pray now that full and speedy recovery will come to her and Lester and their dear-children.
In all this Mother joins and sustains me as she has to a most untiring, unfailing, degree during all these years. Her life has been one of untiring service to the every need of family as I am sure you all feel.
Man in his need was given a helpmate and man has looked to woman for same thing greater than he possesses - that refining power of home and that faith which woman possesses even when man is nearly down and out. Such is Mother now and forever.
Now must close. The New Year is at hand. I fancy her tread upon the door lental and she brings to us a new condition. A call to duty in protection of that heritage which our forefathers gave us through their great sacrifices.
It is an hour of demonstrations. The lines of demarcation are being drawn. Let us without hatred in our hearts prepare our souls for whatever defense the cause of truth and liberty shall require of us in means, in man power, and above all in the force of noble, worthy lives with malice for none, and charity and justice for all.
Now may our kind Father abundantly bless you in your homes and your daily walk in life that faith in. Him may bring you that light that you may know your way, that His peace may ever dwell in your heart and with you in your rearing your families to honor the Lord forever, I pray.
APPENDIX XIV. A
December 13, 1942
Times surely flies – even as on wings of lightning! Long before the light of day spread its splendor over a saddened world, I awoke this morning with a thought of our family in their various homes, and was again reminded that we stand at the eve of another Christmas eve, and at the close of another eventful year --1942!
Ln my hopeful wishes I would have gathered each of you home again around the family hearth even tho it be for a few brief hours, to have felt your spirits and renewed those ties of love and devotion, which was fostered in our home life, and in the years that are passed and gone. Our greatest wish today is that you all could have come home and put your feet again under our table, and eaten again from Mother's cupboard, which is not yet depleted nor empty!
We have been greatly blessed and have greatly enjoyed recent visits on Thanksgiving of Kate, Lester, and children, Sina and children, Odessa and Merrill, and Lucile and baby. This latest addition saw the light of day in Logan and was with us long enough to seem apart of our necessary household. Lucile is now in the safe hands of Ray in Tacoma, where Ray is in the service of his country. She took this big, stretching, fine-bodied, baby boy with, and we are lost. Last Sunday he was given the name of Lynn Allred!
Children, I write you in a day and in an hour when the world is upset. A veil of darkness covers the earth and all things are in commotion and fear and misgiving, and distrust fills the souls of men. We are in the toils of a terrible war that grips every nation, land and people; and consequently there is unparalled suffering abroad and the unconquered enemy of righteousness sweeps forward threatening our liberty, our lives, our civilization.
These are the sorrows and the conditions of the latter days which all the prophets, ancient and modern, speak of and have foreshadowed and we are witnessing their fulfillment. In the midst of these conditions there is a cry for peace but there is no peace and there will be no peace until the coming of the Prince of Peace, as the Prophets have declared.
Under these conditions, what is our refuge, our safety? Our only security is the security of our own lives through the ways the Lord has provided and in the "Stand ye in holy places when these calamities come. If These holy places is in the sanctity of our homes, made so by putting our homes "in order", as weare commanded. Our homes, I tell you, are sanctified and become refuges of safety and protection against evil in our lives and the lives of our children, if they are places of family devotion -- prayer, sacrifice and loving service.
May the Lord bless all of you that your homes may be places of peace, and havens of love and may kindness rule your lives. Remember that the Lord will bless according to our desires and to our faithfulness in His Cause. Surely we need to be on the side of the Lord in these critical days.
At home we are all well -- Helen, Hugh, and Eileen. Mother is well, too, and is always with us in her devoted services and untiring efforts to meet our daily needs and with her encouragement when discouragement raises his ugly form.
This war is brought home to us now, more than ever, when Hugh B. is required to register this week. It seems to us a shame that these young boys of 18 are brought into the army life with its effects of changing the whole complection and nature of their lives from one of peace to one of war.
The exegencies of the times and depleted stores in Logan suggest that our Christmas from you be almost eliminated this Christmas. We shall be made very happy in a knowledge of your physical welfare and of your devotion to us and of your family ties.
Mother and I, above all, are most grateful before the Lord for a noble, worthy family. May our love for each of you children and grandchildren and the standards for which we stand, be also your reward and encouragement in your keeping the onward, honorable course that leads to the Celestial gates and kingdom of our Heavenly Father. Be assured of our devotion and our continued love and solicitude for your welfare and eternal happiness.
Your Father, Mother and Children at home.
NEW YEAR GREETING
132 West 3 North
Dec. 12, 1943
I have pressed a button and my radio entertainers are silent as I sit in the quiet of our home with a desire to say, by the written word, a few words to all and each of you, our beloved children, scattered as you are through the confines of six states.
Today is Sunday, the 12th day of December, a beautiful, mild, winter day; invigorating air warmed by a bright radiant sun which I very much appreciated as I went by invitation to teach a class in genealogy in the ninth ward. An eager class awaited me and we discussed the family life in the Celestial Kingdom. We concluded that man's worthwhile riches consists in the eternal relationships which he holds and keeps with God; his eternal relationship which he holds with God and His creations; and his eternal relationship which he holds with his family -- his ancestors, his posterity through all the ages of eternity. I pass you this great truth for your contemplation and study. You children of the covenant of this household, this is your birthright, your blessed inheritance --receive it to your souls and treasure it in your hearts.
Then later today I left our home, where we all enjoy health, life, and conditions - which if understood - are conducive to happiness and gratitude, and I went less than three blocks away into a home where I sought to bring a message of friendly greetings and cheer and encouragement. This was not my first visit. I spent about 25 minutes in this wonderful home and was fed and strengthened. This man is a splendid example of the personification of the virtues told about in the life and character of the immortal Job. His is 71 years of age; for 45 years he has not been able to walk a step and for more than 25 years he has spent all his days in a wheel chair, which his most devoted wife wheels about. His hands are drawn and almost useless and his feet and limbs likewise, yet he complains not and his soul is glad and he is full of hope, cheer and everliving happiness -- an inspiration to everyone who visits him. I am glad for his lessons of patience, trust, hope, faith, and self-control which he teaches me.
I speak to you, my beloved children, in the closing hours of another eventful year -- a year full of the awful anxieties of a cruel war running through the entire days of the year. The world has been in commotion, sorrow and suffering as perhaps never before and the end is not yet. As a family we have been most wonderfully blessed. Mother and I rejoice daily in our family -- your good, honorable, faithful lives. We are glad beyond measure for your faith and standing in the Church of God.
We are mindful that we have been blessed during this year with two more beautiful grandchildren, Odessa and Merrill's Jody, reported to be the finest child in the state of Utah, and Inez and David 's Mary, the climax in fine babies. And patient Ruth says the report is not yet all in. We are grateful for these fine spirits and feel that the Lord has heard our prayers.
Now in the midst of anxious, serious, world social conditions, we should turn to our Father for succor, protection and guidance during the days that are ahead --1944. Let us set our houses in order and invite God's cooperation and we need have no fear. Let us remember before Him our boys abroad and at home who bear grave responsibilities and are exposed to constant danger for our protection. Let us remember before Him and sustain always our brothers, Hugh Bruce, Eugene and Ray who are already in their country's cause and uniform. May He bless them each day that they may bring honor to His cause.
May you and each of us be sustained in our faith in the eternal truths of the Gospel which changeth not and which faileth not. May peace and happiness be in your homes and abide in your hearts and love actuate your lives.
With Christmas Greetings
Father and Mother
LETTER FROM PRES. DAVID O. MC KAY TO J. U.ALLRED IN ANSWER TO A LETTER
WRITTEN TO HIM BY FATHER WHEN HE BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH.
CHURCH ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
47 East South Temple Street
Salt Lake City
David O. McKay Apri126, 1951
Dear Brother Allred:
Never before have I so fully realized the force and significance of the commandment of the Lord that the "three Presiding High Priests" of the Church shall be "upheld by the confidence, faith, and prayer of the Church.” With the united support of the people and divine inspiration given to those appointed and sustained as leaders, no power on earth can destroy the influence or prevent the progress of the Lord's work.
Thank you for your having taken the time to give assurance of your confidence, loyalty, and prayerful support of the First Presidency as presented and sustained in the Salt Lake Tabernacle April 9, 1951.
Your graciousness in having taken the time to express in writing your affectionate confidence and unqualified support has given us more encouragement and hope than you can possibly realize. Gratefully, I acknowledge your heartfelt approval and proffered cooperation.
Though of necessity, because of numerous letters and telegrams received, this note must be more or less formal, will you please accept it as a personal acknowledgement from Sister McKay and me of your much appreciated letter.
David O. McKay
Mr. J. Urban Allred
132 West 3rd North Street
MISSIONARY EXPERIENCES WRITTEN BY FATHER TO MRS. JOSEPH QUALE,
NASHVILLE, TENN. IN 1953.
December 21, 1953
Mrs. Joseph Quayle
Dear Sister Quayle:
Your good mother, our good neighbor, said to me: “I recently received a letter from my daughter now living in Nashville in which she said that she would like you to write some of your missionary experiences in Nashville and Tennessee as a missionary for the Mormon Church during the years 1898 - 1900, the same to be used by a historical organization in Nashville." So I respond as follows:
I was President of the Middle Tennessee Conference, consisting of 40 counties and containing 36 Elders laboring two by two in these counties. In our endeavors to find a place to hold meetings for our forthcoming Conference we contacted many leading men who were the trustees of many buildings and public halls. From my diaries, in which I made daily entries, I now note the following:
May 8, 1899 commenced our labors in Nashville by visiting James Turner whom the Lord raised up to help us with money the night before and returned the most of it to him to his surprise. Mr. Turner was a true friend indeed during our entire stay in Nashville, made us acquainted with Mayor Dudley, who received us cordially and after consulting his City Attorney, freely gave us a written permit – also the Chief of Police did the same to be free to hold public creligious meetings on the street if it became necessary and that we would be hereafter regarded an an equal with other ministers of the Gospel.
Later in the day we visited Robert Aldred who was born in England, who operated a cleaning plant in East Nashville. He gave me an invitation to visit him again. Visited among others W. H. Raymond, banker and elder in the Presbyterian church and on the committee of the tabernacle building used for public services. When we told him our needs he said, “If I have my way I would put you both behind the prison walls." We asked him if that was the spirit of Christianity, he said it was and in most emphatic words said that we could not rent the tabernacle. We next visited Thomas Raymond, a steamboat man, who plainly told us that he wanted to please the people and as our doctrines were unpopular and that he thought more of money than he did of the principles. I talked very plainly, told him his money would perish with him. While I spoke he hung his head and we left.
We next visited the IOOF Hall with some encouragement, but when the secretary of this order learned we were Mormons he defamed us and used abusive language. He said that we could not use their hall for one thousand dollars a night and ordered us out of his office. Made an unsuccessful attempt to secure the Watkins Hall, one of the most popular halls in the city, for which we offered the trustees of this estate fifteen dollars a night for the use of the building for July 22, 23, and 24th. They saw at once that the popularity of their building was at stake. They did not care to let the Mormons have it. We also tried Rev. Mathews of the Methodist Church, but received no results. Visited James I. Vance, who refused even a conversation, saying he did not have time.
We continued and on June 28, 1899, according to my diary, we visited the Vendorne Theatre which is often used for public gatherings. The man in charge was anxious to rent it until we told him we were Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known as Mormons, when he shook his head and said with emphasis, "You cannot rent this house!" Among others visited was Judge Anderson of the Criminal Court of Nashville. We visited him at the close of a trial of a Negro stealing a loaf of bread. When opportunity came, I presented myself before him making known our desire to obtain through rental the use of Knights of Phythias Hall, of which he was chairman of the committee in charge. I presented him with a religious tract and announced we were Mormon Elders and wanted to rent this building for the holding of public meetings on December 9 and 10th. When he heard this he tore up and threw the tract and said I want nothing to do with Mormonism, and that he would not consent for us to rent the building. I expostulated with him, telling him that we should be given a hearing before being condemned, that people should be broadminded and liberal, especially judges of the courts. I called attention to the fact that he filled a position of great responsibility and ought to be a broad and fair-minded man. He turned very pale and tried to talk. Finally, to my astonishment, he said: "I have judged hastily and withdraw my decision and give you my approval to rent the building. He further added that the best sermon he ever heard in his life was by a Mormon in the big Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. The Lord softened his heart.
Nov. 20. Today we visited Mrs. Boyle, who had previously consented to rent us the Masonic Theatre, but when we visited her today she made excuses that she did not want to rent the building which she had a lease from the Masonic Lodge. We visited Mr. William I. Wallace, a lumber dealer, who is chairman of Board of Control for the Free Masons, who said the building could not be had by Mormons. We also visited Maj. W. J. Foster, a civil engineer, also a committee member, he also said they would not tolerate Mormonism in the Masonic Hall. Visited the editor of the Nashville Banner who said he was the son of a Methodist preacher and we might just as well try to convert an angel to our religion as to try to convert him.
We now turned to M. B. Lanear who claims not to be a Christian in name but claims to be a follower of Tom Paine, the atheist, but we found he possessed more moral stability and real religion at heart than any man whom we had contacted in our efforts to secure a building. This man freely gave us permission to use the Knights of Pythias Hall in the Exchange Building at 411 - 12 Union S. for Dec. 9 and 10, for which we paid him $10.00. While this hall was somewhat small and meant climbing 3 flights of stairs, we were blessed with good attendance of all the Elders of Conference 47, also President Rich, and wife of the Southern States Mission, and fair crowds who were interested during our two-day Conference. All felt greatly blessed.
April 10, 1900. Held a public meeting at Mr. Choat's home. A mob came and left a bundle of hickory withes on his doorsteps with the following notice: “You dam Mormon devils, we come for you tonight." There was some excitement, but Mr. Choat's armed and stood guard while we Elders slept. We went peaceably on our way next morning.
On Friday, June 16, 1899, I received a letter from Elders S. B. Rushforth and Richard Talbot, now laboring by invitation and temporary appointment in Lewis County, Tenn. It contained the disturbing news that rumors of murder and bloodshed were prevalent in that county that they thought it unwise for their own safety to remain there having been warned by the County Sheriff and others of the danger. The letter also stated that the Hinsens, whose father was leader of the mob who killed Elders J. H. Gibbs and W. H. Berry in Kane Creek in Lewis County, Tennessee, on June 10, 1884, were making loud threats against these Elders. I went at once to the office of Benton McMillin, present Governor of Tennessee, and read. to him the letter of these Elders and asked him to intercede for their safety and protection. The Governor said that he wanted to see the laws of the State well executed but declined to render any assistance on the grounds that he was governed by law and until the sheriff of Lewis County called for help he would not do anything. I asked him to lend his influence to aid these Elders - he would give no assurance of this.
I dispatched word quickly to the Elders in Lewis County to leave that county at once which they did, and future trouble was averted. Lewis County was closed to the preaching of the Gospel for many years following the brutal assassination of Elders Gibbs and Berry there in 1884. In recent years the county has been again visited by missionaries and I am informed that today a Mormon Church stands on the very spot where men gave their lives in Kane Creek, Lewis County -a monument that truth will prevail and a witness that the clouds of prejudice and misunderstanding have begun to break, as the people of the South and the world have been able to more fully understand the Mormon people.
Another event, on Saturday, October 14, 1899, I passed the place of business of Mr. Robert Aldred, the cleaner and dyer, when he called me in and said that in the morning Nashville Banner there was a glaring announcement that Dr. T. C. Iliff was being sent by the Ministerial Association of Utah to deliver an attack against the Mormon Church on the morrow, Sunday, October 15, 1899, in the Tulip Street Methodist Church in East Nashville. I said, “Dr. Iliff nor no other man can say anything in truth that will injure the Mormon Church.” But, knowing Iliff’s reputation in telling untruths against us in which he took delight, this caused us no little concern because we had at present no place to meet for rebuttal. So we, Elder Forsythe and I, went to the Tulip Street Methodist Church where we found Rev. John R. Stewart already preparing for this anticipated meeting for the morrow. I told him that Dr. Iliff was known to be a bitter opponent of the Mormon people and we would like to give the true picture and facts to the people and asked if we might have that opportunity of speaking to the people in his Church at some time that he might name. This request was indignantly refused. Then said I, "Would you say to the people that the Mormon Elders were here tonight and had asked for the use of this beautiful church asa place to reply to Dr. Iliff?” His answer was, "No, I will not!” Then I asked,"Will you be kind enough to give us a front seat at this meeting?” - which he made no reply, at which instance two of the elders of his church took him under the arms and marched him out of his study and we found ourselves alone in the room.
The meeting was held as scheduled, the large beautiful church was filled to overflowing; the people were gullible, they believed every word he said, which had for its purpose the setting the U.S. Government at bitter opposition to the Mormon Church. The tirade was over and the audience was pleased, the formal dismissal had been said and the congregation began to file out, but the climax of this meeting was to be on the sidewalk and parkway outside! I left the church rather in advance of the crowd, and as the people came out, I stood on the sidewalk and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Mormon Elders of this city were in this meeting tonight and heard it all. We are inviting you to come tomorrow night and we will give our side of this matter in a meeting which we will hold in front of this church.” It was like a spark set under a keg of powder. A dozen men seized me with clenched teeth and hands, and as they thrust their fists under my nose they told me that if I said another word they would kill me. Many shouted, "We will see that you do not hold a meeting in front of this Church!” Excitement ran very high with many mumblings and threats against my life, including a call for a rope with a threat that they would throw me over the bridge of the river only a block away as they said they had thrown a Negro recently. One man said he would run and get a rope, and I saw him go. It was a supreme moment of what looked like certain death for me. But alas, just at this crucial moment Robert Aldred, whom I made my friend by my visits with him in his place of business and who was an "exhorter'" in the Methodist Church, appeared suddenly on the top of the steps of the Church as he immerged from the meeting, and holding up his right hand above his head said in a loud voice, “Ladies and Gentlemen, what's all this excitement about over this defenseless Mormon Missionary! I know that they have the written consent of the Mayor and Chief of Police to preach on the streets, for I have seen these permits!” The effect was tremendous. The men released their grip on my throat, arms and legs and sped away with the crowd in every direction, and in less than two minutes I stood alone, my companion now joining me, with no one else in Sight of the church. The next day when I went down to thank Mr. Aldred and told him that the Lord had raised him up to save my life, he said, “I am myself sure of that, and if I had not raised my voice, your life, I feel sure, would have been taken.” I have ever since been very grateful to my Heavenly Father that my life was spared through His divine power, even if it did prove that free speech were denied men in this nation dedicated to freedom. As for Dr. Iliff, he came to Utah and lost his life in an accident a few weeks following this experience.
One more event. On Saturday, August 26, 1899, I, with Elder Stewart, went to Pine Bluff, Stewart County, Tennessee, to hold conference with the Elders laboring in that county as well as public meetings. At Pine Bluff schoolhouse we found that a public meeting had been appointed to be held there that night. As we went farther down the road we came to Mr. Vinson’s workshop where there were a number of men, including Mr. Vinson. We went in and announced that we were holding a meeting at the schoolhouse that night inviting them to come and hear us. Mr. Vinson himself showed an unfriendly spirit toward us. As we left one of the men told us that Mr. Vinson had just said that he would see to it that no meeting would be held, as he would fire his liquor still and there would be plenty of excitement in the air. During Saturday we held two good meetings, well attended and people interested. After our meeting at night Elder Stewart and I were attacked by howling drunken ruffians who threw stones at us which struck trees and fences as we went on our road to a near-by home for the night. On Sunday we held two peaceable meetings in the day but at night were greatly disturbed by gunshots and missiles against the house. We tried in vain to invite them in. At the close of the meeting we expected trouble, for we knew that the men were drunk and mounted on good horses. As we started homeward there were several shots and yells, with rocks thrown striking against the trees. Finally, a shot rang out and a little girl of 12 years, Mary Harden, screamed, "I am shot"and fell to the ground. She was only a few feet from me and was walking between me and my companion. Her brother, Robert, a brave lad of 18, was very excited and called to the mobbers, “You have shot my sister and I will have you arrested. We will get the blood hounds.” It is a short but tragic story and comes home with retribution to the home of Mr. Vinson who did make the whiskey as he said he would, and his son was guilty of firing the shot aimed at the Elders as he confessed. However, Mary Harden recovered from the wound.
The Southern Star published in Chattanooga had a detailed account of this affair. Also the Chattanooga Times of August 29th said: Dover, Tenn., Aug. 29 Special. “While the Mormon Elders were holding services at Vinson School house, fifteen, miles below Dover, Sunday night, a raid was made upon the audience by unknown parties. Several rocks were thrown into the crowd. Pistols were fired and. a little girl was shot through the leg. The neighborhood is much wrought up over the affair and an effort to detect the guilty parties by aid of bloodhounds is being made.”
The same paper on September 1st, said:
SUICIDE THROUGH REMORSE. Dover, Tenn. Aug. 31 (Special)
“Boston Vinson, farmer of this county, committed suicide Monday night by shooting himself with a pistol and then cutting his own throat. Blood hounds which were put on the track of the parties that broke up the Mormon Meeting and shot a little girl Sunday night tracked up to Vinson's premises Monday. No arrests were made, however, but Vinson was supposed to be one of the guilty parties. It seems from writing he lef ton the pillowcase that he thought he had killed the little girl and then committed suicide to rid himself of remorse of conscience. The writing was to that effect, and stated that he had shot at one of the Mormon Elders and did not intend to hurt anyone else.”
The Editor makes this comment:
"Such instances as these impress one very forcibly with the peculiar manner which the law of retribution works. Those who violate the laws of God must answer for the same, and the fact that men commit sins and are not overtaken in this life does not prove that they escape the hand of justice.”
This in brief is a record of some of my experiences as here copied from my Diaries (four of them) from entries made each day.
In conclusion I will simply add this: These incidents may seem to be warped toward the negative side - the side of opposition and intolerance. There is, I am happy to say, a brighter side -the side of the well-known hospitality and kindness of the Southern people, who often, amid opposition, listened and many have during the intervening years accepted our message as present conditions throughout the nation show, and made contribution to the work of the gathering within the pales of the Church, including, among thousands from the Southern States, my own paternal grandfather, Paulinus Harvey Allred, who was born in Marshall County, Tennessee in 1829. This is the fuller and far more important side of this story. (See Jer. 16:14-16.)
Faithfully your brother
J. Urban Allred
FAMILY RECORD AND ORDINATIONS
Thomas Allred - Born in N. C. about 1720
Married: Mrs. Thomas Allred, Born in N.C.
William Allred –
Married Mrs. William Allred
1. James Allred
2. Isaac Allred
3. William Allred
Father: Isaac Allred – Born Jan. 27, 1788
Mother: Mary Calvert - Born March 19, 1793. Died - Sept. 16, 1851
1. Elizabeth M. - Born Jan. 6, 1812. Died Oct 11, 1819
2. John Calvert - Born Oct. 5, 1813. Died Jan. 10, 1853
3. Nancy Weekley (Earl) -Born Nov. 9, 1815. Died-
4. Sarah Lovisa (Taylor) -Born Nov. 14, 1817. Died Mar. 11, 1877
5. William Moore - Born Dec. 24, 1819. Died June 8, 1901
6. Redick Newton - Born Feb. 21, 1822
7. Redden Alexander - Born Feb. 21, 1822. Died 1900
8. Mary Caroline (Egbert) Born - Dec. 9, 1824. Died Apr. 29, 188
9. James Riley - Born Jan. 28, 1827 -
10. Paulinus Harvey - Born Jan. 21, 1829. Died Nov. 19, 1900
11. Joseph Anderson - Born Apr. 26, 1831. Died Sept. 30, 1891
12. Isaac Morley - Born Jan. 22, 1835 -
13. Sydney Rigdon - B. Oct. 22, 1837 -
Father: Paulinus Harvey Allred. B. Jan. 21, 1929. D. Nov. 19, 1900
Mother: Melissa Norton
1. James Henry Allred - Born Jan. 10, 1849
2. Isaac - Born Nov. 22, 1850
3. Dilbert H. - Born Mar. 25, 1855
4. Milissa (Peterson) - Born Dec. 14, 1848
5. Orissa (Ed. Smith) - Born Nov. 9, 1858
6. Heber - Born Mar. 2, 1857
7. Alma - Mar. 31, 1861
8. Joseph H. - June 6, 1863. Died Sept. 16, 1864.
Father: James Henry Allred - Born Jan. 10, 1849
Mother Kate Jones - Born July 17, 1884. Married June 16, 1873
1. J. Urban Allred - Born May 21, 1874 Marriages: Amelia M. Hammond
June 5, 1901
June 26, 1912
2. John Gurnett Allred - Born Sept 11, 1876 Married: Harriet Hartley
Feb. 14, 1898
3. James Allred - Born July 18, 1898 Died: same day
4. Minerva Allred - Born July 31, 1879 Marr: Charles E. Wade, Nov. 19, 1902
5. Clarence Eugene – Born June 24, 1881 Marr: Betsy Hancock Dec. 18, 1907
6. Rodney Chase - Born Aug. 21, 1883 Marr: Hilda Carlson Sept. 7, 1910
7. Rudger Van Buell - Born Sept. 25, 1885 Marr: Rebecca Tew Mar. 25, 1914
8. Aaron - Born Oct. 3, 1888 Marr: Ada Elva Fulmer Dec. 18, 1912
9. Elijah Hugh - Born Oct. 20, 1892 Died Sept. 1, 1903
10. Odessa E. Allred - Born Sept. 17, 1896 Marr: Lloyd L. Cullimore
J. Urban Allred (Mother's writing)
Born: Lehi, Utah, 21 May, 1874
Baptized by: Jacob Bushman, 10 Oct. 1882
Confirmed by: P. H. Allred, 10 Oct. 1882
Ordained a: Deacon
Priest by Andrew Field, 22 Dec. 1891
Elder by Geo. H. Brimhall, 18 Feb. 1898
Seventy by Francis M. Lyman, 15 June, 1898
High Priest by Orson A. Woolley, 27 Jan. 1935
Endowed at Salt Lake Temple, 16 June, 1898
SUMMARY OF GENEALOGY WORK
It is almost impossible to summarize father's genealogical research. It was a lifetime undertaking and to give even a glimpse of it in a page or two is most difficult. He could well have received a Ph.D. in research, so painstaking and thorough was his work.
In one book alone there are two hundred pages in it with many, many hundreds of names and addresses in it. For instance in going through Denver in December, 1931 there are 8 names and addresses he has traced down. Going through Kansas City he looked up Allred names. There is a map of Randolph County and other counties in Georgia with Allred names diagramed on them. Next follows Ashboro Land Records with 8 full pages copied from the official record. Also 12 full pages of wills. Then Nashville Land records. The rest of the book - about 175 pages - has family diagrams and charts with names he has researched out and connected. Later, for his genealogical research, he made three large wall-sized charts that he kept over his desk at all times so he could tell quickly where a name fit into these charts. His accurate memory could give at a moment's notice the genealogy of his ancestors. Thus he prepared the following chart to hand out to relatives and interested inquirers.
(Picture of a genealogical chart)
In another accordian folder are many letters of correspondence on genealogical work carried on by father. They show a wide range of research and untiring effort.
1. Genealogical sheet for Andrew Allred
2. F. Orson Acord, Spring City, Utah, April 3, 1926
3. Buell Allred, Lehi, Utah, April 17, 1931 (giving data)
4. Buell Allred, Lehi, Utah, May 1, 1932
5. Buell Allred, Lehi, Utah, Oct. 5, 1932
6. Life History of James Allred, founder of Spring City.
7. German E. Ellsworth, Pres. Northern States Mission, Chicago, Ill., June 24, 1910
8. C. E. Allred, Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 13, 1935
9. Mr. Mrs. Carl Allred, Fairmount, Ind., May 16, 1946
10. Mr. Mrs. Carl Allred, Fairmount, Ind., June 19, 1946
11. Elder Charles C. Allred, Detroit, Mich., April 25, 1945
12. Kell Overman, Liberty, N. C., Jan. 11, 1932
13. Jennie A. Brotherson, Spring City, Utah, April 17, 1942
14. Jennie A. Brotherson, Spring. City, Utah, June 19, 1943
15. Gladys J. Busby, Chandler, Ariz., June 10, 1947
16. Mrs. Emma Beane, Salem, Ala., Mar. 10, 1932
17. Mrs. Effee Birrell, Salt Lake City, Utah, April,30, 1931
18. Mrs. Joe Mulliner, American Fork, Utah, March 10, 1946
19. Mrs. Charles Allred, Olympia,Wash., Mar. 20, 1942
20. Genealogical sheet for Daniel Free Allred
21. Sarah Allred Hunt, Mesa, Ariz., May 17, 1941
22. Ernest R. Loy, Marion, .Ind., Aug. 17, 1946
23. M. Allen Johnson, Gainesville, Ga., Jan. 25, 1955
24. John A. Allred, Denver, Colo., Aug. 12, 1947
25. Mrs. George T. Hyde, Downey, Idaho
26. W. L. Holman, Livingston, Tenn., Jan. 13, 1932
27. John L. Allred, Crawford, Tenn., Dec. 12, 1931
28. J. A. Allred, Denver, Colo., Jan.. 27, 1939
29. J. C. Allred, Philadelphia, Penn., Feb. 3, 1937
30. Ed. Warren Allred, Lowell, Wyo.
31. Thomas M. Owen, Jr., Montgomery, Ala., Mar. 24, 1933
32. Ike Allred, Wills Point, Texas, Apr. 13, 1934
33. Ivan A. Allred, Great Falls, Mont., Mar. 11, 1937
34. James I. Allred, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 24, 1919
35. J. G. Allred,Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jan. 14, 1921
36. Hal Allred, Menan, Idaho, Mar. 23, 1943
37. James M. Allred, Franklinville, N.C., Mar. 3, 1947
38. “ “ “ “ Nov. 17, 1946
39. “ “ “ “ July 4, 1946
40. Madge Allred, Troy, Ala. , Jan. 1, 1932
41. History of Jonathan Allred
42. Ancestry of Allred Family --1931
43. Caledonian Insurance Co. of Scotland, Ralph W. Garner, agent, April 13, 1932
44. Lucinda Allred, Ellenbe, N.C., May 3, 1932
45. Mrs. Ella Allred, Conrath, Wise., Aug. 9, 1931
46. Mrs. R. D. Kinkade, El Reno, Okla. , Aug. 4, 1930
47. Mrs. Ada A. King, Greensboro, N.C., March 18, 1946
48. Kenneth L. Allred, Santa Monica, Calif., Apr. 23, 1946
49. “ “ Charlo, Mont., Oct. l7, 1946
50. Madge Allred, Troy, Ala., Jan. 1, 1932
51. Edith Allred McClain, Kansas City, Mo., Apr. 1, 1937
52. Mae Ruth Allred, South Gate, Calif., Apr. 15, 1933
53. Family record of Mahlon Allred from Mrs. J. E. Crawford, Torrington, Wyo.
54. N. C. Allred, Afton, Wyo., Feb. 4, 1923
55. N. W. Allread, Jacksonville, Florida, Feb. 23, 1932
56. Genealogical Society of Utah: Baptisms done in the Nauvoo Temple by members of the Allred
57. Rev. O. T. Allred, Monett, Mo., Sept. 14, 1946
58. E. A. Qualls, Attorney, Livingston, Texas, Sept. 5, 1946
59. Paul Johnson Allured, Minister, Cass City, Mich. Mar. 1, 1927
60. W. P. Allred, Corydon, Iowa, Apr. 21, 1937
61. “ “ “ “ Feb. 4, 1938
62. “ “ “ “ June. 17, 1930
63. Everett Boling, Asheboro, N. C., Oct. 25, 1934
64. Mrs. P. A. Wharton, Quitman, Ga., July 29, 1946
65. Mrs. Thelma, Sessions, Woodville, Miss. Oct. 1946
66. “ “ “ “ “ Oct. 22, 1946
67. Mrs. M.D. Shields, Shaughnessy, Alberta, Can. June 3, 1941
68. S. S. Allred, Bryson City, N. C., Mar. 16, 1936
69. Anne Josephine Bunker, Raymond, Wash.
70. Shelby Sanders Allred, Bryson City, N. C., Dec. 26, 1931
71. S. F. Allred, Winston Salem, N. C., May 9, 1932
72. S. S. Allred, Bryson City, N. ,C., Jan. 4, 1941
73. Sarah A. Hunt, Thatcher, Ariz., Sept. 13, 1948
74. Genealogy of Mary and Soloman Allred
75. S. S. Allred, Bryson City, N.C., Oct.22, 1934
76. S. S. Allred, Bryson City, N. C., Feb. 11, 1932
Summary of genealogical work -- page 11.
FATHER'S GENEALOGY RESEARCH -- ALLRED GENEALOGY LINE TO ADAM.
David Hammond Allred - - - 1908
J. Urban Allred - - - 1874
James Henry Allred - - - 1849 - 1935
Paulinus Harvey Allred - - - 1829 - 1900
Isaac Allred -Mary Calvert - - - 1795 - 1851
John Calvert - - - 1762 - 1824
William Calvert - - - 1732 - 1812
George Calvert - - - 1700 - 1771
William Calvert - - - 1642 - 1682
Elizabeth Reed - - - 1574 -
Catherine Greville - - - 1550 -
Elizabeth Willoughby - - - 1505 - 1506
Elizabeth Neville - - - 1480 -
Richard DeNeville - - - 1468 - 1530
Henry Neville - - - 1437 - 1469
George DeNeville - - - 1411 - 1469
Ralph DeNeville - - - 1364 - 1390
Maud Percy - - - 1346 - 1390
Lord Henry Percy - - - 1301 - 1351
Sir Henry Percy - - - 1283 - 1315
Henry DePervy - - - 1250 - 1272
William DePercy - - - 1193 - 1245
Henry DePercy - - - 1159 - 1196
Joceline DeLovaine - - - 1125 - 1169
Godfrey Barbatus - - - 1060 - 1140
Henry ( ? ) - - - 1032 - 1068
Lambert - - - 1000 - 1054
Gerherga - - - 985 -
Charles - - - 955 - 992
Lewis (4) - - - 910 - 954
Charles (3) the simple - - - 879 - 929
Lewis (2) - - - 846 - 879
Charles (11) - - - 823 - 877
Lewis (1) - - - 778 - 840
Charlemagne - - - 742 - 814
Pepin the Short - - -
Pepin of Haristal
Anchisus St. Arnuf, Bishop of Mitz
Genebald, Duke of East Franks
Richemer (1) Lamech (777 yrs.)
Ratherius Mathuselah (960 yrs.)
Antemor Enoch (430 yrs.) but did no die
Clorius Jared (962 yrs.)
Marcomir Mahalaliel (890 yrs.)
Clodius Cainan (910 yrs.)
Frences, King of West Franks Enos (905 yrs.)
Antharius Seth (910 yrs.)
Cassander Adam (930 yrs.)
Priam, King of Troy
TREASURES FROM HIS POCKET NOTEBOOKS
(These show the, things that interested and appealed to Father.
The gems of thought that a man felt were noteworthy out of
a sermon or a conference are a good indication of his character.)
1. Nashville, Tenn. June 16, 1899. The Lord says, “I will give line upon line, precept upon precept."
2. Letter from S. G. Rushforth and Richard Tolbot. The Hinson's, who led mob that killed Elders Gibb and Berry and whose father was also killed, was leader of movement that threatened the life of Elders and Sheriff of Co. also. Went to see Gov. Benton McMillin.
3. From a larger pocket book with "J. U. Allred, Raymond, Alta, Apr. 1, 1922" in front. He seemed to earry it to Conference when Apostle Ballard was there. It has also complete outlines of talks or lessons that he has given.
Marriage: The Acme of Man's Existence.
1. Divine plan is the development of the individuality. "This is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man". Moses 1
2. Man is stimulated by
a. Earth elements
c. Spirit of God
d. Spirit of Devil
3. Man develops
Self Emotions )
Altruistic Emotions ) Golden Rule
Truth Emotions )
4. Marriage estate
a. What does it mean
b. Must include
5. Leads to ---
4. Doc. & Cov. 29 Sect.
Says that sons of Perdition are those who have no power within them. This is in keeping with Alma 39:34 and etc. where says that after death we possess the same spirit which we possess in this life. They who refuse to repent lose power to obey: other than the devil.
5. Genealogical Society - Magrath. “Let us here get the vision which our forefathers had when he crossed the plains and made every sacrifice for the Truth". - Nephi Anderson
6. Divine Imminence -- Lesson III
1. Name in review the four powers of Divine Imminence.
2. Some moral attributes of Divine I. are: wisdom, holiness, truth, justice, love, mercy.
Is it reasonable to suppose that these attributes belong to Divine Imminence?
3. Remembering that Divine Imminence is part of the fulness of the God would you say that Christ represents Divin I. in the flesh. I Col. 2:9, Col. 1:19; Hebe 1:13; Jno. 1:9
Read Psqlms 139; what being did David have in mind?
Man's behavior effected by conception of D. I.
What effect would it have on one who had tried and failed. Isa. 13:4
1. Def. - Power, force, influence or divine atmosphere eminating from all divine Beings and filling all space -- means by which all things are created, sustained, vitalized and inspired, known to us mortals as the Light of Christ.
2. Spoken of as:
Word is' truth is light is spirit. -D&C 88: 11-12
3. Characteristic of D. Imminence
1. Associated with a personality
2. All the characteristics and attributes of Deity
4. Moral effect of D. I.
Negative - secret works known and sin punished
Positive - Righteousness rewarded.
5. Helpfulness of Doctrine of Divine I.
1. Man dwells in atmosphere of, at least divine love, mercy and justice. Psalms 23
6. The world immanent in God
Sr. Snow -- M. Harris
Plates of B of M. - Sr. Redd
7. The New Witness for God. Vol. I.
1. Why the title -- the Relations which Joseph Smith sustains to this generation Divisions:
1. Need of a New Witness
2. The Church destroyed
3. The Gospel restored
4. Joseph Smith is the New Witness
2. The Necessity for a New Witness
1. What is a witness?
2. A New witness -offense
3. Claim of orthodox Christianity measured by results Christian religion 19 centuries old
History of Christianity
1. Hard struggle for 300 yrs. Christian era.
2. Assailed by Jews
3. Assailed by Pagans
"Beast made war with the saints and prevailed against them.”
Constantine causes external persecution to cease.
Papal Rome rose on the ruins of Pagan Rome.
The Schism --The Roman Catholic and Greek Churches Final rupture in 9 Cen.
Secular power subordinate yet gave much influence to the Roman C.
Charlemagne king of France (772) against Saxons
Similiar conditions in Holland & Denmark
Christianity established by force by Catholic & Greek Church also.
State assisted Church and was employed by Church in establishing Protestant Churches.
Intelligence and wealth of Europe have been behind the Christianity
4. A little over one-fourth of the world Christians
Christianity -- 407
Judaism -- 7
Buddhism -- 304
Mohammedism -- 200 million
Brahmanism -- 175
Confucianism -- 80
All others -- 174
Unbelievers among Christians
1. Atheist --"There is no God".
2. Deist -mind, (it) is somewhere operating in the Universe
3. Agnostic -“I don't know".
4. Rationalist -"God is more or less, an open question. Christ is a friend of God and man.”
5. School of Historical Criticism Postulate: "The miraculous is impossible and never happens.”
Criticism as applied to literature of Ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and etc.
Applied to O. Testament
Applied to New Testament
New Test. an age strong preconception in favor of miracles.
Miracles --Def --Own
Renan --not simple --the inexplicable --it is a formal derogration from
recognized law in the name of a particular desire.
The pruning process --many early writings rejected. Rejected the miraculous in NewT.
What they rejected –
What is left -
1. Manifestations of the God concealed in the depths of the human conscience.
2. Renan - God man eternally carnate not an individual but an idea.
Criticism admits the antiquity and authenticity of Gospels but mutilates its contents. Page 36. Results: Christianity without a divine Christ.
Moral teaching without divine authority
No conviction of man's immortality and accountibility to God.
Lifeless body remains
Has criticism succeeded? –
Book of M.predictions –
New Witness necessary because:
1. Christianity has failed to Christianize but 1/4 of the world.
2. Divided condition among Christian Church
3. Constantly widening stream of Unbelief.
8. Ancestry of Joseph Smith
1. Four generations of Smiths in America.
These were devoted to the ideals of America -via,
Religious freedom and individual freedom
2 . Patriotic in nature
Vindication of the principles of War in Heaven.
Asael, recognized that the Federal Government had been given by inspiration.
Joseph Smith; Sr.
After moving several times was forced thru sickness and crop failure to leave his home in Sharon to Palmyra, N.Y. – to the place where the Lord wanted him.
Illutration of Lord's driving power -- Expulsion of saints from Mo.
9. The First Vision
3. The Hour
a. All the Holy Prophets had seen and predicted it.
b. The way of liberty prepared for it.
c. The parentage of Joseph Smith
1. Came forth at appointed time and place.
d. The boy prepared
a. Thru early teachings and environment
b. Religious revivals
c. Appointed in the spirit world
4. Importance --What did it teach us.
a. There are two great forces or powers operating with mankind.
1. Their natures --The devil operates thru men's bodies.
The Lord -- thru their spirits.
b. God's personality
c. Christ’s relationship to the Father and to mankind
1. The only one who had a right to speak
d. The Heavens no longer sealed. God speaks to mortal man.
1. Men's privilege and rights to commune with God.
e. The creeds of men not accepted of God. No divinely appointed teachers among men.
f. The promises of the scriptures vindicated. Jas. 1:5
1. Opposition.by forces of darkness
2. The powers of darkness broken and the light of the Gospel breaks forth
3. The C. of Christ organized.
(These leaves were torn out of the little red book and then loosely placed back in. So it must have been given as a talk.)
10. Now follows the funeral of Bro. Geo. Clifton of Magrath. This is given in complete detail time, place, songs, speakers and what they said is given vividly and in detail. Father's capacity to report accurately is astounding.
11. Quarterly Conference, Raymond, May 13, 1922. (See Appendix 11) RIGHT VALUE OF THINGS – Melvin J. Ballard.
Apostle Ballard spoke of the great responsibility on us.
and the great field before us. There was never a greater year than last year for baptisms but there were however, 3 times as many children baptized than converts outside.
We are very much concerned about saving the flesh (400 men searched 4 days for boy in Tooele, Utah.) Many boys in every community that are in danger of loosing body and soul.
Our own interests must not be paramount. Give the Lord the claim on your labors.
You cannot impress the people by a simple recital of the story. It is the testimony of the heart that influences. The Lord knows what is in our hearts. “Whatsoever you do, do it with all your heart and soul.” Get the inspiration when you administer to sick and let it be not lip-service in form.
The devil needs leads. The Lord needs leads. A stone can be heated by fire.
Bro. Ballard referred to his visit to the great Art Gallery at world fair where he saw the work of great artists. We are the real artist who teach the youth.
In the Afternoon:
Read from D&C 115 Sec. You are expected to be a light unto the nation. Concerning our temporal things he said: “The Lord did not lead the people to this country to get rich nor did He lead you here to starve. The survivors are those who own the soil. The leaders of this Church are leaders in temporal as well as in spiritual. The wisdom of the wisest financial leaders have failed without an exception. Listen to council is your own safety.
Don't bury yourself in temporal things.
Search of Gold -- South America.
Search for God -- North America.
We came to Utah in search of God. California in search of gold.
Counsel with your wife and get agreed upon a thing then go to the Lord and receive His answer.
Don't gamble or speculate if you are in debt.
Plant every acre you possibly can. Hire as little as you can. Milk more cows. I know of no place in the Church where farmers are better off than here.
Stay where you are.
Pay your tithing.
You are dependent upon the Lord.
In next 100 years L.D.S. will number 20 millions.
I feel that the present year and the next few years perhaps will be prosperous and the Lord wants you to get out of debt for lean years are coming and now is your chance. (Remember this!)
This people is 100 years ahead of the world in the solution of social problems and economic questions.
The order of Enoch is coming and will be the strongest organization on the earth.
Apostle Ballard spoke to the children and told them that they lived in the greatest age of the world and in this the most blessed land in all the world. Blessed the children in the name of Jesus Christ that they may be clean and pure before the Lord; that they might be the most desireable, and perfect people in the world. (I remember this Sunday morning. I was sitting in the gallery of the old Raymond stake house. Apostle Ballard sang "I’ll Go where You Want Me To Go” and tears ran down his cheeks in great abundance. He kept wiping his eyes many times as he sang this song. It is a lasting memory to me from my childhood)
Pres. Hugh B. Brown:
Spoke on the things that are worthwhile.
"I hope we shall not forget who we are and why we are here.” Every period of the past has resulted in being overcome by evil and apostasy. The day of the triumph of righteousness is our day. The kingdom of God shall be political as well as spiritual.
The Devil as well as the Father knew that the hour had come, 1820; as well as the time when Christ was born.
D&C 86: L.D.S are wheat. These judgments which we have witnessed now are but the beginning of sorrow and God's judgments are at hand. We are in the closing hours of the day of the gathering of wheat.
I Nephi 14 chap. Most wonderful things await this people. We will see the redemption of the Indian nations. You shall greet them -- the lost tribes.
At Magrath: Apostle Ballard spoke of the principle of love and the force of fear. If Christ had used his mighty power which He possessed he might have had the nations of the world worshipping at His feet thru fear. But he did not, he wanted to win by love.
Our new dispensation is one of love. We must govern by love.
Constantine attempted to establish Christianity by force.
There is something more in the sunlight than is seen. There is also life that is in it.
Man may borrow or pattern after the organization of this Church; but they cannot pattern or borrow the Holy Priesthood which gives life.
Magrath Ward was then divided. Apostle Ballard said that in 6 mo. your attendance will double. Said that the time would come when these two wards would be divided.
12. Stake Quarterly Conference, Aug. 12, 1922.
Pres. Allen reported conditions of stake. Necessity of having our boys and girls engage in the work of the Auxilliarys. Association in the affairs and things of the world causes us to partake of the spirit of the world and loose the spirit of the Gospel.
Apostle R. R. Lyman, "Promotion of L.D.S. Ideals” -- Referred to our wonderful prosperity and our rich harvest as a result of Apostle Ballard's prediction and blessing last May. We create our own atmosphere. Give a smile and a smile returns to you.
Men may fail but women never fail.
Ideals of L.D.S. -
1. The preaching of the Gospel is a mightier work than winning of world war.
2. No more fundamental thing than honestly.
J. B. Knight -- "An Ideal Home.”
Teach child should have work.
Have system in your home duties.
In the spiritual lives we should observe Family Prayer.
“Culture in the Home”
Cultivate music. Sing the hymns
Observe the Home Evening.
Be careful of our pictures and paintings that you have in your home.
Spoke of our splendid crops and how the Lord had fulfilled his prophecy thru Apostle Ballard, and he warned the people to remember the Lord and our dues unto Him; also that we were warned to be very careful in the use of the means given us and get out of debt.
Afternoon -- Sunday:
Power of a father's prayer is illustrated in the prayer of Mosiah to God in behalf of his erring son.
13. Notes, Quarterly Conference, Wed. Nov. 9, 1922
Pres. Brandley spoke of our great blessings in this land.. Blessed above all other people on the face of the earth. Our obligations to the Lord -- Remember Him.
Elder Jos. Card of Cardston:
Are we living truthful lives or are we living a subterfuge.
Apostle Jas. E. Talmage:
You ought to be and you shall be blessed for your gathering together. It is gratifying to know that the people want to be fed.
Cultivate the art of laughing. There is a place for laughter and for tears.
Carry your religion into everything in life.
We should be in a certain place at a certain time in life.
An education without which a man cannot be saved, is a knowledge of the things of God. prayer -- we cannot live without it. God knows our needs before we ask but according to the laws of Heaven that God cannot grant until we ask. We should pray and not say our prayers. Prayer is a force --it is like electricity.
There are germs of spiritual disease as real as the physical organisms.
We cannot pray fully unless he is alone.
We cannot live without daily repentance. “Remove fear from me, vanity and lies.”
Reading from scriptures. "Give me neither poverty nor riches.”
Every L.D.S. has taken upon him the name of Jesus Christ and it is written upon the brow, tho not seen, and whosoever steals takes the name of God in vain.
The spirit penetrates the body, every fibre of it, and is the vital force of the body.
Glory -- the power of God to accomplish good -- will be added upon their heads.
Bro. Talmage gave much counsel and instructions. Said we must set the example for as with the priest (priesthood) so with the people.
Bro. Talmage bore most solemn testimony that the time was very near for the coming of the Son of God and warned us to make ready. Have “you” (father has it underlined three times) been tithed. Have you the spirit of tithing in your heart.
Love your family. Take your children in your arms and be affectionate.
Dr. Talmage spoke of debts here which we must pay tho they maybe hard. By analogy what we are experiencing here is what we shall experience when we go to the other side. Only our repentance on the other side'will be very much harder than here.
Get out of debt and keep out. Debts are of two kinds: Personal experiences and opportunity to get money without earning it. Do not get the speculative spirit. Dollars which you have earned yourself. Don't be buying all the time.
End of this dispensation is at hand.
He was mortal because of the law of heredity from his mother.
He was God because of the law of heredity from his Father God.
His suffering, at which he bled at every pore, was mental and spiritual as well as physical.
Goodness is not mere abstinance from badness. Be good for something.
The “horrorable men of the earth" have not been valiant in the Cause. Be valiant tho you fall and are bruised in the path of duty, come back and keep working and go ahead and accomplish something.
What are we going to do with the instructions of this Conference. Shall they be like living coals to warm each heart and home. We must progress or be left behind for the Church is progressing from one stage to another preparatory to the coming of Christ.
Ancient Israel had covenanted to keep His commandments and they kept them not. God speaks in the language which His children can understand whether it be in the language of wealth or of poverty or health or disease or earthquakes. If your name is on the record and you keep not His commandments you are a hypocrite.
Do you live in a house or a home. Men make houses but man alone cannot make a home. Lf your houses need remodeling change them into a home, cleansed and sanctified by prayer. Josh. 7 & 8 chps. Cleanse your homes and your lives as Joshua did. Have you in your homes that which God has forbidden? Bro. Talmage said that the one who is watching gets the wireless messages from the head for the coming of the Son of Man at hand. Bro. Talmage bore a powerful testimony and said if the L.D.S. in this land will keep His commandments His blessings will attend you, for His blessings are upon this land and only wait your ratification by your obedience and faithfulness.
14. Basic Principles of Progress -- Seventies Manual 1934 , (Father’s lesson)
Four great constructive forces in the world:
Religion doubtless exercises the greatest influence in our civilization.
1. Innate power of religion or of worship with every soul which is beyond the purely
human and which accepts that which we can accept as divine.
2. Religion -- a faith in God who stands back of the "Constructive forces of the universe.”
a. The cardinal characteristic of religion is its spiritual stimulating power.
b. Religion is essentially a spiritual power that
1. quickens the conscience
2. purifies the heart
3. strengthens the will
4. gives man complete victory over evil.
15. Black pocket notebook: J. U. Allred, Raymond, Alta., Canada, Feb. 6, 1928.
The highest honor which comes to a man is the conferring of the Priesthood upon him.
16. Every man who has been appointed to a ministry was ordained to that mission before he was
17. “Success" -- D. H. Elton -- Lethbridge
Build on resalve, not on regret.
The laws governing our spirits are as sure as are the laws of outward matter.
"Christ once suffered for sin.”
Guiding marks to success: -- 10 of them:
1. Service -- work.
3. Cheerfulness -- 65 muscles to frown and it takes 35 to smile.
5. Team play
6. Self mastery
7. Be human -- be yourself
18. Missionary Work Done by James Allred Family
1. James Allred -- 1873 - 2 years.
2. J. U. Allred -- 1898 - 1900 -- 2 years.
3. C. E. Allred -- 1904 - 1905 -- 1 year.
4. J. G. Allred -- 1908 - 1910 -- 2 years.
5. Buell Allred -- 1909 - 1914 -- 4 1/2 years.
6. Rodney Allred -- 1913 - 1916 -- 3years.
7. Aaron Allred -- 1919 - 1921 -- 2 years.
8. Odessa Allred -- 1917 - 1919 -- 2 years.
9. C. E. Allred -- 1916 - 1918 -- 2 1/2 years.
10. Bessie Allred -- 1916 - 1918 -- 2 1/2 years.
11. Hilda Allred -- 1913 - 1916 -- 3 years.
12. J. G. -- 1919 - 1922 -- 3 years.
13. Tally -- 1919 - 1922 -- 3 years.
14. Aaron -- 1925 - 1926 -- 1 year.
15. J. U. -- 1925 - 1926 -- 3 months.
16. Sina -- 1921 - 1923 -- 2 years.
17. J. G.and Tally -- 1925 - 1929 -- 8 years.
18. David -- 1926 - 1928 -- 2 years.
Total -------------- 48 1/2 years.
19. missionaries in 48 1/2 years average 2 1/2 persons at a time.
19. Expenses to Calgary:
Ticket ------ $11.00
Meals ------ 1.00
Hotel ------ 4.60
Progress in Alberta:
50 new schools organized
The greatest marvel of our marvelous age is the development of the human mind. Educational development is the marvel of the age and is the accelerating movement in all other developments. World is experiencing a great intellectual awakening. Estimate of teacher is made by the amount of money she can draw.
Dr. Staples Stettler:
Too many high schools.
The volume of instruction can be improved more cheaply and better thru adequate supervision.
A. D. Pierson
Castor, Alberta, Canada (See about sending missionaries)
20. Alberta Wheat Pool Convention --1928
Alberta became a Province in 1905
Alberta area -- 255,000 sq. miles
“ population -- 640,000
Wheat -- 5 world’s championships and 6 times in oats.
Officered by farmers (I believe father was an officer)
First 5 years handled 750, 000, 000 bus. wheat
$1,100,000,000 worth of wheat
1,400 country elevators
11 terminal elevators with capacity of 80,000,000 bus.
$20,000,000 farmers hold in elevator reserve.
Alberta Wheat Pool in 1928 the Alberta pool handled 71,000,000 bu. wheat
turn over of $84,000,00 -- 7/20 of cen per bu. -- handling charges.
21. Seventies Committee:
Personal Welfare: J. D. Allred, Parley McBride, Parley Litchfield, C. R. Wing.
Class Instruction: John Blackmore, Frank Taylor, T. G. Wood.
Church Service: Cris Tollestrup, Chas. Libbert - Floyd L., Ezra Christensen.
Miscellaneous: I. B. Roberts, C. W. Stone, Wilford Meldrum, E. J. Fawns, Milo Vance.
22. Small black notebook that father used in 1932-33:
Elder Melvin J. Ballard:
The Church has always had an objective.
What is our objective today.
I do not see the end of war just yet.
A chastisement will come to those nations who refuse to comply with the Lord’s plan. e. g. Japan.
Jesus will not come until the Order of Enoch is established. The way to this is thru the honest payment of tithing.
Another opportunity is now going to be given you to get out of debt. Prices will return and conditions will improve.
23. O My Father has been copied in father's meticulous handwriting in away that shows he has memorized it to sing on this mission:
1. O My Father 2. For a wise and glorious p. 3. I have learned 4. When I leave this frail existence, When I lay this mortal by, Father, Mother, May I meet you in your r. courts on high. Then at length when I've completed all you sent me forth to do. With your mutual approbation let me come and dwell with you.
This book is full of names and addresses he gathered in the South.
Savannah, Ga. to Atlanta ------- 300
A. to Memphis ------- 419
Memphis to Amarillo ------- 760
Amarillo to Pueblo ------- 343
Pueblo to S. L. C. ------- 627
S.L. to Raymond ------- 830
24. Penrose on "Second Advent of our Lord”--Improvement Era, March, 1924.
25. Pres. J. Reuben Clark – Institute -- Feb. 26, 1934.
2. Let the office seek the man
4. Patience in distress.
26. Oct. Conference, 1938.
Charles A. Callis.
The man who has never suffered has never learned to truly love. These are those who have come up thru much tribulation.
"Be yefaithful unto death and I will crown thee with a crown of righteousness." The testimony of suffering as exemplified in the call of the first missionaries to England.
"When thou were little in thy own sight I annointed thee King of Israel (Saul) The elders who were whipped by mob. "Let me take the lashes of my sick companion."
Two kinds of faith. One, the faith that survives death.
27. Davida. McKay – Seminary -- Logan, Dec. 11, 1938
The Reality of Christ
All critics who reject His divinity acknowledge his influence and superiority over any other individual. Christianity has never been tried.
Christ's reality must be sensed by me:
2. Sense of self-mastery
3. Sense of obligation
4. Sense of consecration. Consecrate your life. He who gives his life shall find it. We must know that Christ lives.
28. Christmas Thoughts -- Logan, Dec. 25th, 1938
My greatest desire is worthiness to associate eternally with righteous men and women! A life unmarred by sin. This was Christ's gift and example.
29. Meeting in the Temple, Logan, June 19, 1939.
The greatest reward for our labors is love. Not too rapid. Strict attention. I would rather have the prayers of the poor than the gifts of the wealthy.
30. Thoughts on Mother, 1941. Mother's Day.
Mother is orderly.
1,008 meals per year. 20,160 meals before I was 21 years. I didn't thank her once. I do now tho she is gone. Mother is the embodiment of Order and Cleanliness, which she taught me.
Mother is always There. Always on the job. Never 7 hours a day. What if mother would strike for. 75¢ per day. ll want to be mothers even tho it is so hard a job. Mother always is loving us: Mother love. Story of the mother bird gave her life for the brood in the nest as related by Apostle Ivins.
“To love” -- to help -- are the greatest verb in the English language. Two greatest verbs.
To help mother to keep the world tidy, to keep the world clean, and to love. -- Remarks by Prof. Peterson on Mother's Day, May 11, 1941.
"Jesus was supreme in the realm of character. Every youth in the Church can succeed in this realm."
D. O. McKay
"Not my will, O Father, but thine be done!”
“Whatever makes its primary appeal to man's selfish interest is dangerous.” --J. A. W.
Jesus always placed the intangible things the spiritual things above all other forces in the world.
At the bottom of all human actions lie beliefs shaped from thots. Good thots multiply as well as evil thots when fed by acts of virtue. Tanks and armaments would be useless if it were not for the driving beliefs back of them.
Said Jethro to Moses: "Fear God, love truth, hate covetousness.”
“Man's greatest mission on earth is to become the father of a man.” D. O. McKay.
“Then blow winter wind, thou art not half as unkind as man in his unkindness is to man. "--Shakespeare
“ln nothing am I the Lord displeased except those who fail to acknowledge me." --D&C
32. What Think Ye of Christ? -- A. E. Bowen
He dwelt wholly in spiritual values.
He taught the supremacy of the spirit over temporal or fleeting things that give passing physical comfort. Power of his simple message is not derived from any outward source but is inherent in the message itself. He taught these simple elements:
1. The Fatherhood of God
2. The Sonship of Christ
3. The brotherhood of man
4. The coming of the Kingdom of God
It was the declaration of his Sonship that gave His message its persuasive appeal.
33. Jesus the Christ
The greatest claim of His Messiahship is his doctrine that He was the Son of God.
The greatest force in his life was what he was more than what he said or even the rnighty works that he did.
34. Father and mother can only be one truly in their little child.
35. Pres. McKay at Temple -- April 28, 1943.
In the endowment many do not distinguish between symbolism and reality.
Denote -- Conote. Denotation and conotating. What it is and what it symbolizes. We see the realization and lose the spirituality.
Symbolism in temple are:
1. Washing or the act of cleanliness. “Be ye clean who bear the vessels of the Lord.”
Clean in spirit as well as body.
What’s the message to the soul?
An appointment to leadership thru spiritual blessings. Discernment of intellect - eyes that we may see and, etc. God becomes the center of our being. Spiritual attainment as the center of our acts and we rise above the sordid pull of nature.
Sacrifice - the best is not too good for the Lord. As our guides we accept the Bible, B. of M. and D. & C.
Then the Law of Chastity is given. Covenant to be true to the law of chastity. By this law we have connoted the strength, the cleanliness that perfect the individual and . . . The garment is correlated with this endowment. Do not loose the symbolism of the temple ceremony.
36. God created man and gave to him and conferred on him a jurisdiction. The command was to subdue the earth and the jurisdiction to have dominion over all created things. That was an important part of man’s earth life and from that day of his creation till now he has pursued that assignment seeking to subdue the physical world and establish his daminion over it.
Unhappily he has tried to transcend the bounds of his commission by assuming to exercise dominion over his fellow man. This he was never authorized to do and his attempted usurption has brought to the world most of the woes from which it has suffered. It was the unarrested assertion of dominion over their lives by usurping bigots that led the pioneers to seek freedom in Utah. (This page is in ink whereas the rest of this book is in pencil. I wonder if father gave this as a talk in the temple so he wrote it in ink?)
37. The genealogical organization is the basic work of the Church and is not an auxiliary work. Takeaway the sealing power of the Church of the Priesthood and the Church would fail. 100,000,000 man names who are awaiting endowment. The Lord would shower his blessings upon those who attend to this important work. First Presidency. This worth my consideration.
38. It is the function of religion to teach men how to rise to the highest station.
Life after death is assured him without any act of his own being beyond his power to effect. That is one of the things which he is in the hands of God. But the abundance of that life will depend upon his attainments, the soul growth that he has managed thru cooperation with the Divine. (This is again in ink).
39. The Devil's work is that of destruction; the Lord's work is construction. To bind Lucifer we must stop doing the work of destruction and turn to construction as Lucifer has no power in and of himself only as we give him such.
40. “They also serve who patiently stand and wait.” -- Milton.
41. Life of Daniel H. Wells – “It is interwoven in my character never to betray a friend, or a brother, my country, my religion or my God.”
42. Pres. E. G. Peterson at Logan Temple –
Our forefathers were driven across the plains because of the sheer inability of the people to understand the virtue in the hearts of those Saints.
A need for a place of refuge and peace -- our temples.
Our inheritance is a spiritual inheritance and is not tested by means known to science but by faith.
Students, bright intellectual ones, have left the college spiritual wrecks because they closed their minds to this law.
43. Hugh -- stand for something, some great ideal, firm and immoveable. The most natural longing of the human heart is immortality.
44. Revelation (God's method of education)
1. Great revelations -- (Appearance of Father and Son)
2. Revelations to the Church especially in time of need and crisis.
a. Sustaining of Pres. Young.
3. Revelations to individual
a. When I do wrong
b. When in sorrow
c. Plenty or poverty
Faith -- These forces in operation thru a righteous man and are the forces of creation.
45. "For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. We give unto Christ all honor and He in turn gives as we have given. They that sorrow shall be comforted and know that God lives and Jesus is the Christ which is the most fundamental. “They must have needed a good man somewhere!" --These words were spoken by Clarence.
46. A fitting climax to mortal life is often pain and suffering. Example: Joseph Smith going to Carthage.
Integrity is more important than intelligence.
The future is in God's keeping. We can control it only by living in obedience to immutable laws.
J. A. Widtsoe.
Isaac Walton, the patron saint of fisherman said: "God has two dwellings: one in heaven and the other in a meek and thankful heart, which Almighty God, grant to me!”
47. August 18, 1947 -- Joseph Fielding Smith on Priesthood. Priesthood quickens the intellect, purifies the heart and refines the soul. Faith must be coupled with the priesthood in the mighty miracles.
Back of the great law of gravity is the power of the Priesthood.
Priesthood contains the keys of the knowledge of God. The man who does not honor his priesthood shuts himself out from the knowledge of God.
Abraham's desire to hold and possess the priesthood, D&C 13. No man receiveth the fullness.
Priesthood opens the door to opportunity which must be used.
Joseph F. Smith on "Evidence of Joseph Smith.”
48. "Some people die with their music within them” -- Oliver Wendell Holmes.
49. Logan, Sept. 8, 1947.
A single occurence may set in motion a change of circumstances that effects many generations. Because a boy of 14yrs went into the woods to pray all these things happened. Because of this I am here. Not for complete extermination but for victory. You are the greatest miracle you will ever see.
50. Oct. Conference 1947.
Levi Edgar Young:
The greatest example of democracy is Moses giving the laws received on Mt. Sinia to Israel and they said "we will” to these things.
Spencer W. Kimball:
"Our responsibility to bring the Gospel to the Indians. 60,000,000 Indians in Americas and islands.
Ezra T. Benson:
D&C 68. “What I say unto one I say unto all." Revival of Home Evening. The integrity of the home must be maintained. There can be no prosperity come from a non-religious home. I promise you blessings and increased faith in hearts of youth if this Home Evening is followed. General Priesthood Meeting:
We enjoy that which we do! (Underlined twice by father) I'll be what you want me to be. Pres. Reuben J. Clark:
“Except ye are one ye are not mine.” Pioneer life was as filled with joy as our lives are today. Warned against long term borrowing. Don't run in debt! You young people, don't start a standard of life you cannot maintain.
Pres. Geo. A. Smith:
I hope the L.D.S. will not forget their prayers.
We are God's agents.
Those who pay tithing will never worship gold. Recommended that this conference go on record as recommending to the United Nations Assembly the institution of a Fast Day.
51. Stake Conference, Nov. 2, 1947
The Lord is kind and can preserve His people -- He preserved his people 19 centuries ago when He preserved the Nephite nation even when the great forces of nature destroyed the land. Lord can preserve us from the atomic bomb.
52. Genealogical Convention, April 25, 1948
Whatever calling to which you have been called is your responsibility to fulfill it -- no one else can. I am either a stumbling block or a stepping stone to someone. “And wasteth the day of his probation.”
a. too contented
b. labor for which things cannot satisfy
If you would be eternally rich invest in a living soul -- Melvin J. Ballard.
What would the fathers say if they could speak from the dead.
Some people are still shaking hands with the Devil.
The time may come when no man can work.
If you could meet your ancestors would you be proud of them? Would they be proud of you? This is your chance. I do not like to think of what will happen to me if I do not do the temple work; but what will happen to me if I do this work.
53. October Conference (No date -right after the above so we can perhaps assume it was in 1948?)
Henry D. Moyle:
We seldom stop and consider where we are going and the purpose of this life. Not so if we take a journey in life. Let the examples and customs go unheeded and devote ourselves to the humbler duties of life. The man who will be active in the priesthood will have power to succeed. It would be a reflection on parents if a son or a daughter can say that they have never heard my father or mother bear their testimony.
Anthony H. Ivins:
The great benefits of life come to us thru service. We must serve generously. Serve out of the sheer joy of service. A feeling that he has done his best.
Quoting Karl G. Maeser. No man should be more searching of my conduct than myself. The Lord has unconditionally declared the destiny of this work; but the destiny of myself depends upon me. If you want excuses, go to the Devil, he can give you any number. Not the things that we don’t know that will give us trouble. It is the things we do know and which we have failed to do.
Pres. Reuben Clark:
The world is in a mess. The Devil seems to have taken us over. Lincoln: "We have forgotten the bounteous hand that preserved us." A day of prayer. We do not lack a prophet as in the past but we need a listening ear. What our prophet teaches us ------
54. Ward Conference, Oct. 24, 1948 -- Pres. Ira Hayward.
The Family Life -
Adam possessing the priesthood. Eve possessing the power of motherhood -- thus making her equal with Adam in bringing about the eternal purposes of God.
55. October 30, 1949
Bruce R. McConkie:
God is not found thru the means of science. God is either revealed or he is unknown.
Basic revelations are:
1. Jesus is the Christ
2. Joseph Smith is a prophet
3. This is His Church
This comes by:
1. Desire for truth
2. Knowledge thru study
3. Practice the principles involved
56. October Conference, 1950
David O. McKay:
Reverence is the greatest gift of life. The mystery of self-control. Teach reverence.
57. Motherhood-- a living miracle. If the sun carne up only every 30 years we would think it wonderful; but it happens everyday.
The child is never happy unless he can get dirty. As a man I am unhappy unless I am clean. The miracle of a young girl becoming a mother.
58. Emerson says: "See how the masses of men worry themselves into endless graves; while a few
men forgetting themselves into immortality. "
59. "How can I hear what you say when what you are thunders so loudly in my ears." -- Emerson.
60. "Life is a grindstone. You can grind yourself down or receive a fine polish.”
"Unless the Lord buildeth the house they labor in vain who build it.” -- Psalm 127:1
Life is more than the outward expressions of life.
The home is our first unit of defense.
61. If you want to be young associate with youth; if you want to feel old try to keep up with them.
62. Nephi says: "When I speak by the power of the Lord the Holy ghost carries those words into
the hearts of men."
63. Faith is born of work, as is evidenced in the life and labors of the pioneers, not faith without
action and fond hopes.
64. Live and work for those who follow you. Pass on your heritage to your descendants.
65. (In father's careful and beautiful penmanship he has penned a tribute to someone. It looks like
the same pen he used at time of his mission)
To have known him was a lesson in humility and to have felt his kindness was a benediction. His passing arouses fine memories and stirs new resolves among his many friends.”
66. Prayer -- (Apparently Father's own thoughts for a talk)
1. “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth freely. But let him ask
in faith, nothing doubting, for he that doubteth is like the wave of the sea."
(I am the Master of my fate, I am the eaptain of my Soul).
2. Joseph Smith's cry unto the Lord out of Liberty Jail.
a. The answer.
3. Often sweet inspiration comes to us when we are on our knees in prayer in which
we really commune with God. (Solomon is prayer)
4. Prayer must be the result of faith and faith rests upon evidence. D&C 64?
5. The most unused source in the world today is prayer. Prayer is the most energetic
force of the human soul. A force as real as gravitation.
67. “And in nothing doth man offend God or against none in His wrath kindled save those who
confess not His hand in all things and obey not His commandments." D&C 58:21
68. Pres. Clark:
Declared that the Constitution of U.S. and the Declaration of Independence was inspired of God and to him are as sacred as scripture. These instruments are the greatest political heritage ever bequeathed by fathers to their posterity. God never moved more surely or more clearly in ancient days from the Red Sea to Israel’s last recorded victory, than in our struggle for independence. “So all these heritages --the richest and the most precious, and containing more of the eternal truths of God's universe than ever before --were passed by one generation to another, and for which I thank my Heavenly Father.”
These heritages today are ours; they come to us from the ages that are passed; they were purchased for us by the sacrifice and blood of our fathers. Shall we or shall we not pass their total to our beloved ones who follow us.
(I'm not sure if these are a continuation of Pres. Clark's thoughts or father's own)
For what shall we be thankful?
1. Our rich heritage of noble parentage.
2. A choice land
3. An inspired Constitution
4. God’s chosen people
If present trends in our civilization continue this nation is doomed to destruction!
69. Stephen F. Richards: “The palm tree, with its mighty roots, is seldom uprooted by storm.”
70. Some have knowledge but not intelligence. Knowledge: facts marshalled. Satan possesses
knowledge but intelligence (not?)
Pure intelligence: Knowledge properly applied. Increase our knowledge and apply it to the
increasing of our intelligence.
71. There is safety in the Church. A Church of human relations. Paul said; "Where the Spirit of
God is -- there is liberty.” II Cor. 3: 17
72. There is no end to the things a man can do if you expect no credit.
Every man to his neighbor, in mildness and meekness.
"Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you.”
If you are humble and open your mouth the Holy Ghost will carry your words with convinction to the hearts of the worthy.
72. Adam and Eve
1. Were evicted from the garden --land the Lord gave them.
2. Given coats of skin and sent out into the telestial world.
3. Adam began to till the earth and eat the bread by the sweat of his brow.
4. They took with them:
a. Knowledge of God
b. Knowledge of good and evil
c. Free agency
d. The Holy Priesthood --Enoch says, “This priesthood which was in the beginning,
shall be in the end. "
e. The law of sacrifice
f. Thou shalt repent and call upon the Lord for evermore. If thou shalt repent thou
shalt receive the Holy Ghost.
Why repent? said Adam. Because I have forgiven thee thy transgressions in the water.
73. The power of expression:
The purpose of life--to express ourselves in acts, in emotions (feelings), in words. Our
greatest expression, in words is our honest cry to God. Our greatest act of expression of actions
is a great Willing sacrifice for God's Cause.
74. 16th Ward R. S. Conference.
1. Be not weary in well doing.
2. You are the foundation of a great work. (Missionary work - 64 Sec. D&C.)
3. An immortal accounting of true motherhood.
4. If you will feed the poor you will never want for bread.” -Brigham Young.
“To learn is splendid, but to do is better." –B.Y.
75. Sweet are the uses of adversity.
76. Don't rationalize. We can rationalize ourselves out of this Church.
77. Characteristics of L. D. S.
1. A sense of destiny -- a mission and where it operates. Through the Church we become
strong and sure.
78. Pres. Christiansen: "The greatest charity we can give is to be charitable to others.”
79. Oscar A. Kirkham: “Love should be more than physical; more than intellectual. It should be
spiritual and moral. "
(I think this is a S. S. lesson given by father)
Must first have knowledge. Those who have knowledge “I the Lord have commanded
2. Forgiveness in heart. Kind of repentance acceptable to God more than lip service -
must be a godly sorrow that worketh repentance. Repentance must be in man's soul every hour of his life. Self-pity has no repentance in it. "We have sinned against Thee. Do with us as Thou wilt" was Israel's words.
3. Repentance is a principle of the Gospel -- it is a gift from God. Without repentance
the atonement would be of no avail and vice versa. Repentance makes us clean and
opens the door of salvation. If ye do not repent the atonement has no effect on the
4. Reasons for:
a. First fruits of repentance is baptism which bringeth the spirit -- (blotted out) A baptism that is for life here and hereafter. Baptism is the gateway to the Church on earth and in heaven.
b. To bring about the plan of mercy and appease the plan of justice --a law given. God cannot break the law therefore mercy. Mercy claimeth the penitent. Atonement bringeth 7resurrectionand man is brought back to presence of God. You must repent for yourself.
5. When repentance:
In this life --day to day. A true repentant cannot be denied the fruits of the atonement. Has power to redeem us because of our repentance.
6. Conditions of:
Conditions of repentance to be declared by Holy angels. D&C 29:44-49; Judges 10:
13-16; Mannon 8:25-26. Read Alma 12:30
81. Teachers should emphasize the positive side of life. Positive and not the negative side of chastity.
82. Pres. Clark:
“The presence of the Priesthood in this Church maintains unity as it did in the Ancient Church. The priesthood is an eternal endowment. You cannot lay your priesthood aside. Brethren, if we could act in unison as we sing together, there is no power that could stay us.” Be sure you do not get away from the Lord's plan. Reform ourselves and the Church will take care of itself.
83. Stephen L. Richards:
Right is not what a group agrees upon but is an eternal principle and comes from God. Immortality is only a part of the gift of the Savior but includes also Eternal Life.
We cannot take conduct out of living. Conduct is all important in obtaining Eternal life. There is no tribute you can offer as acceptable as a faithful and a good life.
84. Bro. Hovey:
Many people are wishing for some of the blessed days of the former ages that they could have lived in the holy grounds of the past. To us there is Holy ground made so in our own lives, such as the place of your birth or your baptism, or the place where you worship to you should be most holy ground -- as our temples also.
85. In the priesthood there are 4 quorums:
2 are witnesses -- the 12 apostles and the Seventies.
2 are administrative -- these are: The First Presidency and the Elders quorum.
Fatherhood rises to its greatest height in the functions and powers of the holy priesthood.
Women rise to her greatest height in the sacred functions of Motherhood in which sphere she is supreme.
86. Bruce McConkie:
“Ye shall receive the spirit thru faith and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach."
87. David O. McKay:
“To be trusted is greater quality than to be loyed."
88. Faithfulness of a good Woman -- Proverbs 32. Job. Gird up thyself. Man cannot hold the
fulness of the Priesthood until he goes into the temple and has a woman sealed to him. They hold it conjointly. My mother blesses me in her death as she blessed me in her life.
89. Every day is the beginning of a new year in my life. I do not intend to live by the calendar but
by a succession of new progressive days of freedom.
90. Reflections from a visit to the cemetery on the lives of the men resting there.
No desire to return to pioneer days and methods, but an appeal to the paths of virtue, honor and integrity in which our fathers trod. These are eternal and advancement of so called civilization cannot change them.
91. Great men are remembered by what they have given, not by what they have received.
92. Pray always that you enter not into temptation. The most lonely man in the world is the man
who does not pray to God. Thru prayer we can have the greatest companionship known.
93. Self-discipline leads to happiness. When a man’s fight begins with himself, then man is worth
something, and God stoops over his head.
94. This is my resolve: "Walk when I cannot run; to go when I cannot walk; creep when I cannot
go; but I will never stop." --Bunyan
95. By small things and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small things in many
instances doeth confound the wise. Alma. 37:6-7-12.
96. “I would be true, for there are those who trust me." “To smile at evening fall --this is my task. "
97. Truth unites and equalizes men. Evil leads to division and inequality.
Lincoln: To do justly, to love mercy and walk humbly before God. We live in our
environments and are influenced by it. Lincoln at Gettysburg was outcome of an environment. We must not judge our lives by the lives of our neighbors but by the high standards of the Gospel.
98. 42 Sec. D&C. The abundant life is a life of constant endeavor. Man must meet and solve life’s
problems - the man who meets nothing solves nothing.
99. "A man's faith is no stronger than what he radiates thru his actions. -- J. E. Talmage.
“The difficult is that which can be done immediately. The impossible is that which takes
longer to accomplish."
“Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.
“To make the earth a happy place to live learn to
Greatness consists in forgetting self.
100. Logan Temple, July 19, by Apostle John A. Widtsoe.
Every man in the Kingdom of God who has living faith in God is a great man. This is
the House of the Lord -- the Home of the Lord.
Endowments of the temple. See beyond the symbols to the realities for which it stands.
1. Course of instructions
2. Explanation of how this journey may lead to our ever rising to perfection –
3. Use of our knowledge - a series of agreements (covenants) that we make in
harmony with God. (Use of our knowledge).
4. Cause and effect -- or relationships are set forth. I promise and I obey or disobey. 5. Examinations of our acts and what we know. Do you know it well enough to enter
into My Kingdom?
6. If I have kept these 5 I enter into the veil with God.
We must not be asleep.
We began by being washed and made clean and all dressed alike.
1. To care for those in the Church
2. Preach the Gospel --to open the door for the dead.
101. A prescription for our ills: take before breakfast, dinner and supper –
3 oz. of earnest prayer
3 oz. of faith
3 oz. of determination
Mix all thoroughly and administer by the hand of humility. --Pres. Joseph Quinney, Jr.
102. Our greatest responsibilities in life were not thrust upon us --we assumed these in eternity.
103.The king of Absyssinia took a British subject, imprisoned him without cause. Gt. Britain
demanded return of this prisoner. In less than 10 days after the refusal was received 15,000 British soldiers were sailing down the coast. Reached the coast and marched through a terrible country a distance of 400 miles under burning sun right up to the frowning dungeon. They carried him down the mountains, across the land and put him aboard the ship and sped back to his home in safety.
It cost Gt. Britain $2,500,000 for the freedom of only one of its 380,000,000 subjects. That is what a soul is worth in the eyes of Gt. Britain.
104. Thoughts: Truth is forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne; yet that scaffold
sways the future and behind the deep unknown standeth God keeping watch above its own.
105. Worship --Pres. Joseph Quinney
What a pure thing -- as old as time.
1. Body must be clean. Not elaborate furnishings --but clean.
2. Moral worship --our minds clear, our morals clean. Radiates a power from Him.
We allow Him to move us.
3. Spiritual worship. Chaste in our thoughts and actions. A worship in the silent
hours of our lives. We are on our best behavior when we worship God alone.
Sacrament a part of our public worship.
1. Character 2. Gratitude is above thankfulness. Gratitude is worship.
3. Sincerity 4. Humility 5. Faith -- a knowing not a believing faith.
(This is only about 1/3 of the material contained in these books. It was hard to stop copying.)
FUNERAL SERVICES OF J. URBAN ALLRED
June 29, 1956, 16th Ward Chapel, Logan, Utah
Dear Brothers and Sisters, we begin these services by the invocation being offered by Brother John W. Dunn, he with Brother Allred served in the High Priest Group leadership of this ward.
“Our Father in Heaven, a few of thy children have met together on this occasion to pay our last respects and love and devotion to one of Thy sons whom Thou hast called home. We thank Thee for the life of this good man, our Heavenly Fatherg for his devotion to Thy Church and for the many things he has taught us. We thank Thee for the testimony which he has of the resurrection and again reuniting with his loved ones who are caused to mourn at this time, that Thy Holy Spirit will be with them in this hour of need. Bless the things that are done and said in this service, may it be in accordance with Thy Holy mind and will; that words of comfort and solace may be given to those who are caused to mourn at this time. We pray Thee in a special manner to bless Sister Allred with Thy Holy Spirit that she may be able to hold up well and be blessed with comfort, that the things which are said may comfort her in this hour of mourning. We pray Thee to bless the families of this good man that Thy Holy Spirit may be with them that all those who are caused to mourn may be comforted at this time: that those who speak to us Heavenly Father, let Thy Spirit be with them that they may be led and directed what to say; those who sing and those who take part in any way we pray Thee, our Father in Heaven, to bless them, that this may be a time of rejoicing and thanksgiving for the blessings Thou hast given unto us. We thank Thee for the establishment of Thy Church hereupon this earth and for the knowledge and understanding we have of the resurrection. We are grateful unto Thee Heavenly Father for these things, and we ask Thee now to be with us during this session that Thy Holy Spirit may be with us in rich abundance we humbly pray in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, we have met here today to pay the last and final tributes to a fine man. It is fitting and proper that we do this, Brothers and Sisters, because of our love and devotion for him and for his love and devotion to us.
J. Urban Allred was born in Lehi, Utah, May 21, 1874, the eldest son of James H. Allred and Kate Jones. He received his early education in Lehi and later at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Brother Allred filled a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Southern States Mission from 1898 to 1900. He taught school three years in Vernal, Utah and then 2 years in Lehi. In the summer of 1903, the couple went to Alberta, Canadag making their home in Raymond. They lived there for 34 years, during which time Brother Allred engaged in farming and livestock raising. He loved the soil and was tied close to it. Amelia M. (Hammond) Allred was a loyal wife and companion, and sustaining power back of their accomplishments; a
woman of rare leadership who could make an attractive home out of a mere house on the bald-headed prairies. She was a beloved leader of the youth, the YWMIA of the Taylor Stake, she served as teacher and Stake Board member, and was Stake President of that organization at the time of her death, October 8, 1910. Amelia Allred was the mother of five children, three of whom survive; Mrs. Jesina Monson, David Hammond Allred, and Mrs, KateWhetten. In 1903, he (Brother Allred) was called to establish the first Latter-day Saint Seminary in Alberta, and for 18 years was head of this religious instruction in Taylor Stake. On June 15, 1912, in the Salt Lake Temple, he married Edna Bingham, daughter of Thomas Bingham and Elizabeth Froerer, pioneers of Ashley Valley in Vernal, Utah. Through her patient, persistance and labor of love she succeeded in brightening and in bringing sunshine, peace and happiness again to their household. She has performed a great work as mother and wife and her family has been given a happy home life, beyond which she has served in the Relief Society as officer and teacher. They were the parents of eight children, six of whom are living; Mrs. Ruth Dallimore, Lucile Zenger, Odessa Wood, Hugh Bruce Allred, Helen Sweat, and Eileen Bell. During a busy lifetime he responded to calls for three other missionsg one in Minneapolis of the North Central States Mission in 1925, and two later to the Southern States, largely in the interests of family genealogy. Down the years he, with other members of the Allred family, has assisted in compiling a large and well organized Allred family genealogy record. It was in the fall of 1937 that the Allred family moved from Alberta to Logan for the educational advantages of the Utah State Agricultural College and the Latter-day Saint seminary system. Since moving to Logan, Brother Allred has continued his services in the Church. At the time of his passing he was teacher of the Adult Class in Sunday School, a career which he started in June 16, 1894, when he was set apart as a teacher and told that teaching was his special calling. He was named an officiator in the Logan Temple in 1938, a duty he faithfully performed to the last. Also surviving are his widow, Sister Edna of Logan, the following brothers and one sister; Clarence Eugene Allred, Raymond, Alberta, Canada; Aaron Allred, Los Angeles, California; and Odessa Cullimore, Provo, Utah; 34 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Brother Allred died suddenly June 25, 1956 at Logan, Utah.
The prelude music was by Sister Lillian Morrell. The family has planned the program and I will outline it now. The benediction, as I have said, was by Brother John W. Dunn, who with Brother Allred was the substantially strong, willing and lovable hands who took care of the High Priest's Quorum in this ward. There will be a song by a trio composed of the following ward members: Sisters Hazel Madsen, Dora Larsen and they will be accompanied by Sister Mary Sharp, and will sing, “Hold Thou My Hand.” Brother, or President Raymond of the Logan LDS Temple will be the first speaker, Brother Raymond knowing and loving Brother Allred as we know he did surely in his position. Brother Raym ond will be followed by a song, a duet, by the dear Brother and Sister Max John, who will sing "In the Garden." They will be accompanied by Sister Morrell. Brother Postma will be the next speaker, he being the first Bishop of our 16th Ward, serving very closely with Brother Allred. A song then following Bishop Postma by the trio, “Oh My Father."
Trio singing -"Hold Thou My Hand."
Sister Allred and devoted members of your family, friends and admirers of Brother J. Urban Allred, honorable officiators of the Temple, Brethren and Sisters: In the processes of our Heavenly Father's infinite plan there is order and regularity. It is my belief that children born into the world do not come promiscuously, but to a particular specified mission at a particularly designated time. It would therefore seem, Brothers and sisters, that this sudden demise of our devoted friend was planned, and I have in my mind 's eye a picture that may have occurred on Monday, June 25, 1956, having been bereft of one of the most substantial and true friends that I have ever known, I refer to Brother Bell who was called to his immortal home at about 10:15 that morning, and knowing his great abilities and his wonderful spirit and enthusiasm, there is no question in my mind that he was assigned immediately to an important mission. And that upon looking around him he probably didn’t recognize anyone that would be his suitable companion, and as in this life in this Kingdom there must be a witness to all ordinances performed and there must be a companion or a witness to the teachings and missionary work and ordinances performed over there; and so looking around him he didn't recognize immediately anyone who could fill the appointment as a companion, so he suggested that Brother Allred, who was intimately associated with him in a family group relationship, be summoned as his companion. I like to think of it that way, and I think that isn't inconsistent to think of it that way because our Father's House is a house of order, and certainly these two giants among men being summoned so near to each other, actually only about 5 hours apart, would confirm the belief that there was an appointment to be filled and therefore he was called. I consider Brother Allred a king among men. Greatness, brothers and sisters, isn't always manifested by a position in the government or in the commonwealth, or even in the kingdom, but constancy to me is one of the noblest attributes and characteristics of men, and here is a man who for 82 years manifested constancy, no variableness, no variation, in his journey. He made no detours, always constant in his beliefs and in his teachings, in his appointments and the fulfillment of his appointments. Therefore, in my opinion, he was great in the sense that he was consistent not only in his teaching and preaching the Gospel, but in his living the Gospel and the Gospel principles. It has been my glorious experience and privilege of the past four and one-half years to have had several intimate conversations with Brother Allred. On occasion, as he would pass my office and could see that I was not immediately occupied he would come in, and oh, I hope he felt welcome -he was most welcome! He would say, "May I have a moment.” And I would say of course always to him, "Yes,” and he would sit down and discuss with me some fundamental problem or doctrine that had come to his attention in connection with his work. It wasn’t an idle conversation, it wasn't just to pass the time or time of day, it was in connection with an appointment or assignment that he had, perhaps more often than not in the TempIe, but with the purpose for the fulfilling efficiently of that assignment he would like to discuss some things that were fundamental to that particular assignmen, at that time, and thus I have had an opportunity, brothers and sisters, to look into the depth of his widom. His superb understanding of the purposes of life and his willingness and anxiety to fulfill and magnify his calling and his appointment.
It is a pleasure for me, brothers, and sisters to contemplate those rare experiences as I have talked with him about these things and I have found, as no doubt you have found, that not only was he conversant on all the fundamental doctrine of the Gospel, but he was an authority on the scriptures and the doctrine of our Church. So it has been a great uplift to me, almost 30 years his junior, to have had the trainingg the love and patience and constancy of this great king among men, and I appreciate it. I revere his memory, I appreciate it also today to have this privilege to express my tribute to him and to his noble family. I don’t know you intimately brothers and sisters, just a few of you I have met, but may I say this without meaning to be too familiar, and without any semblance of embarrassmentg that if all of you possess the attributes, the strength, and the beauty of character that your little sister Eileen has, I can say that God has blessed Brother Allred with a noble posterity. We have perhaps in this room represented three generations following him, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren quite numerous in number. Just three generations! Can you visualize in your mind’s eye what can happen in another seven generations? Eileen has 3 children, they came rather rapidly. I don’t know how many the rest of you have? so if you look ahead another 7 generations? we can see millions of posterity; therefore may I not say advisedly that he is a king among men, and will from today claim his kingdom in the house of Israel and preside with the same dignity, honor and integrity that he presided here over his, shall we say, small family, comparatively. Oh it is a glorious thing to contemplate, brothers and sisters - this Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the most favored generation of all times since the creation because we have the fullness and the authority which was bestowed upon Peter of old when Jesus the Savior said unto him, "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and what thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.” and then those keys in this dispensation restored to a youthful prophet, who, knowing full well his destiny, called his quorum into a meeting where he conferred the keys, the sealing authority upon his apostles, and as the time has passed down through the years, those keys have been delegated to others. And today we have a prophet who holds the keys of the sealing power of the priesthood which makes all of this family and other families who enter in this new and everlasting covenant, an entity that will endure through all the countless ages of eternity.
An organization, if you please, this is my own doctrine, and I don’t give it to you as doctrine, but is my opinion, in the hereafter, whereas here we are designated in subdivisions as wards, stakes, quorums, and missions, and so on, it is consistent for me to think that over there we are going to be identified as families divided into units of families, and they will be divided of course depending upon the number and the need, families, the organizations, the most substantial of our organizations upon whom this earth depends for its perpetuation, the family, the family unit. So looking at it that way you can determine with me that this man has filled a noble and honorable mission, nothing to have been omitted in his ministry to provide for himself a kingdom and a throne and a sovereignty in the house of Israel in ages to come.
So I rejoice, Sister Allred and your family, today with you in my knowledge of the destiny of this good man, this man among men, this man who was without guile. I have never heard him speak an idle word or a profane word. I have always seen him in the attitude of sobriety, no nonsense in his makeup. Something has been said about his dependability. Brother Allred would phone long distance or get a message otherwise if he were to be away from an appointment at any time. And these past fou-and-one-half years, even though he has been aged, his step has been just a little bit feeble, I have found him walking up the steps of the Temple time and time again, and reminded him that we had an elevator. “Well,” he says, “President, I can think a little bit more clearly when I am walking, so if you don’t mind, I will just take my time and I’ll walk up, because,” he says, “I have an important assignment when I get upstairs and I want to be fully prepared.” The type of manhood, the type of fellow he was!
I was told just today by his ward teacher supervisor that he had never had any concern about he fulfillment of the assignment and the visitation with the members of that district, and frequently the first week of the month, as he would go into his office, he would find the monthly report, ward teaching report, of J. Urban Allred completed early in the month, not the last day, but early. I have been told that he was consistent and regular in his teaching in his Sunday School class in this ward each Sunday, and that if he didn't right at the instant, have the interpretation of the scripture, or the doctrine, he immediately knew where to find it. He was not at a loss, brothers and sisters, in the fundamentals of life and his teaching has been an example to us and his life one well worthy of emulation.
Now brothers and sisters, will you accept from me the love and appreciation and tribute of the family, the temple family - I don't know why all of these wonderful experiences have come to me to represent such a group. Do you know I may say that the finest type of manhood on the face of the earth and the most delicate and divine type of womanhood is exemplified in those who officiate in the House of God? Among whom he cast his lot, and among whom he was friendly and admired and respected. God bless his memory. I hope that through the years I can emulate some of the marvelous characteristics of this man and I hope and pray with you that you and I might so live and conduct our lives that in the future ahead we may enjoy again the association, the friendship, the handclasp, the caress of this man among men. May our Heavenly Father bless us, brothers and sisters, with an appreciation of life and an appreciation of the value of time. Doesn't it apply? And an appreciation of the responsibilities that devolve upon us as His covenant sons and daughters, and that we might, as Brother Allred has done, so nobly magnify our calling and appointment in life, in the Church, and in the brotherhood of God, is my humble prayer for all of us in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Singing of Duet, "In the Garden.”
(Bishop Postma) Another great and noble stalwart of our Church and community has fulfilled his mortal mission and returned to our Father. Sister Allred, you pay me a great honor to ask me to participate in these services. We neighbors and friends shall miss this good man almost as much as the family. We esteem him as one of the great among us, one of the great stalwarts.. We looked to him continually for leadership, advice and counsel, for we recognized in him a great pillar of strength, a man who through long and varied experiences had arrived at a position of great wisdom and sound judgment. One whom, as President Raymond has said, we recognized as an authority on the doctrine and the scriptures of the Church. He was a man of great faith, unquestioning faith in the divinity of this Church. I know that from my experience and association with him as his Bishop. He and Sister Allred never failed to come at the end of the year and make certain that they had fulfilled all their obligations in regards to tithing, fast offerings, welfare, ward maintenance, missionary funds, and that all of their children had likewise fulfilled their responsibility. One doesn’t pay a full and honest tithing, year in and year out unless he has that firm conviction in his heart that it is a true principle of our Father in Heaven. One doesn't give of his time, for as I calculated, some 62 years teaching in the auxiliaries of this Church and in the Priesthood, giving, much of his time and much of his energy during that span of years, unless he has that conviction in his heart he is teaching the true message of God in fulfilling his obligation to our Father in Heaven. And so we of the younger generation have drawn great strength and encouragement from men and women such as J. Urban Allred. In our council meetings in this ward we always called upon him for his advice, his opinion on any problem before us.
Our family living just through the block, our back yards joining, immediately took an interest in the Allred family when they moved here in 1937, because they purchased, (one of the reasons) because they purchased the home of Uncle Nephi Carlson, and we immediately learned of the fine qualities of this family. That was an excellent neighborhood to live in, one of the finest, and this family was one of the reasons for it. One couldn't ask for a better neighbor than Brother and Sister Allred and their family, always kind, courteous, considerate, always cheerful. Their home was always neat, clean, and their yard, a real credit and asset to the neighboring homes. I shall long remember that friendly little twinkle in his eye, that smile, and that friendly handshake. He was a busy man, but he always had time to stop and visit with you and find out how you and your families were feeling, how affairs were going, always willing to render some help if necessary.
I owe this family a great debt of gratifude for the help they gave me as Bishop of this ward. Although Brother Allred was carrying a full load as a Temple officiator, and ordinarily those individuals are excused from ward responsibilities, he recognized the need when we created the 16th Ward, and he readily and happily responded. It was our goal to just give one job to each person, but we found we had to load some individuals heavier, and he made no complaint in accepting as I recall, four major responsibilities at the beginning of the ward, and as President Raymond has mentioned, once he accepted an assignment, we who were at the head of the organization, had no further concern about how that assignment would be filled. He never missed an assignment always responded, if he weren’t able to be there, he would see that someone else was. That is a quality that I am sorry to say that not enough of us have, that great quality of dependability. He was a still greater asset to us because of great ability, but those of the greatest ability are of not much value to you if they are not dependable. And so once I gave Brother Allred an assignment we had no further concern about it because we knew it would be well done and regularly done. Likewise, with his children, how much I appreciated his son-in-law, Brother Ray Zenger, who served so well as my counselor, the loyal and fine help that he received from his good wife Lucile; the fine help I received from Hugh as one of our ward clerks. I also had the good fortune to have Hugh help me on my farm at one time. Likewise Helen and Eileen rendered excellent service in helping us in getting our ward going.
Jesus, in the Sermon on the Sermon on the Mount, told us that in evaluating anything or any individual, to judge by the fruits. Certainly there should be no question in the minds of men about this great man when we see his own personal actions. And when we look at the fruits of his posterity, these fine children, the very finest, the kind of people we depend on to carry on this Church and help it to continue to grow. As further evidence of his devotion and faith in this Church we recall that when this ward was created the Church was urging us to establish welfare farms for our wards. Brother Allred generously gave to the ward an acre of ground just east of College, which we thought at the time had some possibility for fruit bearing. That is just a little item of how much he appreciated this Church, when he was willing to give for the welfare.
We are eternal beings, and the purpose of this mortal existence as you have been told about this past month in your ward teaching message, is to prepare ourselves to meet our Maker. Time is precious. This mortal span of 60-60, and 82 years in the case of Brother Allred, is just a wink of the eye so to speak in eternity. And so every moment of every day, each one of us ought to be evaluating our thoughts and our actions and ought to be striving with all our might to do the will of our Heavenly Father. Now some people feel and believe in deathbed repentance. Some among us apparently accept that as the proper course to follow. But think for a moment, if Brother Allred had believed in such a principle, death came instantaneously, no time or opportunity for repentance. That happens often. Just last Sunday, a dear friend in this community, a young woman of 41 years passed away just as suddenly. What would be her lot if she had believed in that false doctrine of deathbed repentance? Fortunately, she, like Brother Allred, had also prepared herself to meet her Maker. Too many of us think tomorrow will be soon enough. Tomorrow there will be time to prepare. There is no question in my mind but what Brother Allred had fulfilled his mission here in life. He had done all that our Father would have expected of him. Certainly he is entitled to a glorious reward. He is ready to meet his Maker!
I may in closing just like to read a quotation from the Prophet Joseph Smith, sealing the testimony that I have of the divinity of this Gospel, the reality of the existence of God. Just a brief paragraph:
“But if this life is all, then why this constant twirling, why this continual warfare, and why this unceasing trouble? But this life is not all. The voice of reason, language of inspiration, and the spirit of the living God, our Creator, teaches us as we hold the record of truth in our hands that this is not the case; that this is not so. For the heavens declare the Glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork. And a moment’s reflection is sufficient to teach everyman of common intelligence, that all these are not mere productions of chance, nor could they be supported by any power less than an Almighty Hand.”
So in closing I leave with you my testimony that this is God as work we are engaged in, that the resurrection is a reality, and that this good Sister Allred and her children will soon be reunited with this fine and great man, to go on through eternities.
Sister Allred, you have been a wonderful wife and a wonderful mate. Brother Allred was proud of you and of the children. And although it has not been my good fortune to be personally acquainted with all of them, many a time he has stopped to tell me something about one of the children, what they were doing, and what their activities were in the Church. So he was proud of everyone of you. He loved each one of you.
I don't know how many of you know of this little experience I am going to take the privilege of mentioning it. As Brother and Sister Allred left the Temple in Salt Lake City, following their marriage, in preparation to depart for Canada, and their new home, one of Brother Allred's sisters met them with 4 small children of his, and so she immediately assumed a great responsibility of rearing a family. I know they dearly love and respect her, two of them are sitting side by side with her today. She she has been a noble mate to him, a pillar of strength, and a great blessing to all of us who haye had the privilege of associating with her.
I leave my blessing with you Sister Allred and the family. I know that you know in your hearts he has been a good man, living a full life. Your regrets should not be great nor deep that he has passed away. I know that you are grateful that he has lived such a fine life. May God's blessings be with all of you, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Singing by Trio, "0 My Father"
Brothers and Sisters, as the Bishop of this Ward and a friend of this dear man who was indeed my counselor, my teacher and my friend, I stand before you in all humbleness, having been touched very deeply by these services. It has been a wonderful privilege to meet this wonderful family. I have learned much, remembered much, and will remember again and again the wonderful experience that has been mine in having been associated with this family, this dear Brother Allred. Bishop Postma mentioned the land on College Hill that Brother Allred donated to the Ward. On his advice this land was sold quite recently in favor of a larger farm which we were speculating on; the money having been put into an account for that purpose by Bishop Tate. These funds were used recently by permission and on the advice of Brother Allred, to purchase the adjacent property to the south on which the ward facilities could be extended. Brother Allred was very thoughtful and considerate and kind and enthusiastic about this ward farm and we promised him that we will pay the money to the farm fund. And we will yet use the money contributed by Brother Allred for the purchase of a permanent ward farm. This will reestablish, even stronger, our memories of his wonderful work and ambitions in this ward.
We will miss him as a Sunday School teacher very much. I think no one in this audience has not been touched by the teachings of this wonderful man; of this wonderful teacher, who in his obituary, it was stated that he was set apart to be a teacher. He indeed has filled that assignment.
The members of the family wish to extend their appreciation and thanks to all those who have participated in any way in these services. The funeral cortege will disband here, and reassemble at the Lehi Cemetery about 3 o'clock. The Relief Society have prepared box lunches for the family which they will take in their cars with them. There will be no need to delay further in Logan. They will depart right from here for Lehi, going of course disbanded and not in a procession. The family are asked to meet at Aunt Hilda Allred's place in Lehi following the services there at the cemetery, where refreshments will be served. That is at the home of Sister Hilda Allred.
Presiding at these services brothers and sisters has been our own dear President Vaughn Hansen. The prayer at the home was offered by the elder brother, Clarence Eugene Allred. Graveside will be dedicated at Lehi by Aaron Allred, another brother. The pall bearers have been: George L. Smith, Ernest Jensen, Dewey V. Petersen, Melvin Squires, Sam Smith and Lloyd J. Larsen --all fellow members with Brother Allred in the High Priests' Quorum. We bring these services to a close by Bishop Charles D. Tate offering the benediction.
(Prayer by Bishop Tate) Our Father in Heaven, at the conclusion of these beautiful funeral services, honoring Thy son, Brother J. Urban Allred, we return unto Thee the thanks and the gratitude of our hearts for Thy Spirit that has been in our midst; for things that have been said and done here this day; the words of comfort, encouragement that have been given to those who are bereaved at this time; the assurance that they have received that death is not the end of Brother Allred, that he is still active in Thy Kingdom, serving Thee in a different sphere of action. We are grateful unto Thee our Father for our friendship, for our associations with Brother and Sister Allred and their families while they have lived in our Ward. We want Sister Allred to know that her loss and their loss is our loss also, and that we as members of this ward mourn with them in the passing of Brother Allred. We want them to know that we believe the things that he has taught us in the many lessons that he has given to us in our Sunday School and Priesthood Quorums in this ward.
We want them to know that we are grateful for their friendship, for the encouragement that they have given to us, the help they have given to us to live better, to follow closer the teachings of the Gospel from this Thy Son the Savior of the world. We are grateful Heavenly Father for the example that Brother and Sister Allred and their families have given to us in following Thy counsel, living Thy way of life, ironing out what Thou desirest them to do and in passing many of those truths on to us. Help us to always profit by our associations with this good man and cause that we might stand by his wife and encourage her and help her in any way that she needs help and encouragement now in this new experience that has come to her. We ask Thee Heavenly Father to let Thy Spirit be with Sister Allred and her family in their homes. Bless Sister Allred with health and strength, with courage to make the new adjustments that will be hers to make; that she might continue to find joy and happiness in continuing to live Thy way of life, being a shining light and encouragement and advisor to her family, her posterity, with this experience as only part of life, and we must profit by the same.
We ask Thee Heavenly Father now to, inasmuch as they are going to take the body of Brother Allred to Lehi for burial, we ask Thee to let Thy Spirit be with those who go, causing that they might drive carefully, Thy Spirit will be over them, cause that they might go in peace and safety, and return to their homes in peace and safety. Cause that they might all acknowledge Thy hand in this experience that is theirs this days. We ask Thee that they might always humble themselves that they might follow the counsel and example that has been set for them and that we might do the same, we humbly pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.
(Recorded by tape recorder of Richard Allred. Transcribed by Inez H. Allred)
“WHAT MY FATHER MEANT TO ME”
WHAT MY FATHER MEANT TO ME --RUTH DALLIMORE
"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, parting leave behind us
Footprints in the sand of time.” – Longfello
I was blessed with a father whose footprints I have longed to follow as I journey through life. His was a most exemplary life. To me he was a great man. In our homelife with father we were nourished with the keen intelectual outpouring of his mind, for he was blessed with much wisdom and understanding.
When we were young, life with father did not always seem a blessing. When he took us to the farm and showed us the weeds that needed hoeing, I felt that we surely belonged to an under-privileged family. Nevertheless I sensed father's wisdom in remaining close to the soil, thus providing his children with plenty to do during the summer months.
Father was loving and protective. He was always cautious of our safety and well being. He warned us to stay away from certain animals and farm equipment on which we might get hurt. It is unusual that during all the years spent on the farm south of Raymond we children never had a serious accident. Days spent on the farm with father were not all full of work. We spent many happy hours enjoying the animals, nature and having fun. At the first sign of spring each year, I was always anxious to make my first visit to the farm with father.
The spiritual side of father's character and life has blessed me abundantly. The foundation of my testimony of the gospel was gained in our home where father loved to explain and contemplate gospel truths. His love for the gospel and the work of the Lord inspired me. During my growing-up years, father answered the call several times to leave our home during winter months to do missionary work and gather genealogy. Winter nights in Canada are long, but much longer when father was absent on such occasions. How we missed him in the home. How eagerly we counted the days until his expected return. Excitedly we watched out the window of the front door when that day arrived, until we were rewarded with the approach of his tall form. Those were happy reunions.
Much of father's greatness, and his spiritual strength lay in his humility and great faith. The Lord tried him, as He did Job, with failure, disappointments, sorrow and death. Father was always a man of prayer and these experiences truly brought him to his knees where he found relief, solace, and renewed hope through communion with his maker. He could easily have succumbed to his trials and tribulations, but instead he emerged triumphant and faithful to the high ideals of one who is faithful to the end.
"First worship God. He that forgets to pray, bids not himself good morrow or good day.” --Thomas Randolph. When I read this statement I recalled the practice of family prayer which was such an important phase of our family life. How thankful I am for that early training. How it has blessed and strnegthened my own life. I always loved to hear father pray, and I felt that he spoke as though the Lord were right there.
Father's spiritual strnegth has been a blessing to me. When I returned to Logan from Lincoln, Nebraska for Odessa's wedding, I was feeling blue and discouraged. It did not look like Eugene and I were going to be blessed with a family. The doctor had told me of a problem that would make pregnancy very difficult. After talking with father about this he said he would like to give me a special blessing. He did. Our first child, Arlene, was the answer to that man's great faith.
At father's funeral, Bro. Raymond referred to him as “king among men.” He also said, "Constancy is one of the noblest attributes and characteristics of man, and here is a man who for 82 years manifested constancy, no variableness, no variation, in his mortal journey. He made no detours; always constant in his beliefs and his teachings; in his appointments and the fulfillment of his appointments.” Such a man was my father. To me he was indeed "king among men.”
In my patriarchal blessing I was reminded several times that I had been born of goodly parentage. I am sure that at that young stage of my life I hardly felt the significance of those statements; but with the maturity of marriage and the rearing of a family I have come to realize many many times how very blessed I have been to have such a wonderful father.
Often, in fact daily, I can truthfully say I feel the steadying influence of his teachings which in turn have helped me chart my course. My life has been blessed with the fervor of his dedication and the principles of the gospel and his constant desire to labor untiringly in God's Kingdom. He was indeed a pillar of strength in the home, in the community, in the church. His love for the gospel, for his family and all mankind has been an inspiration to me.
We children spent many long hours and days with father on the farm I can still remember what a joyous sight it was at the close of the day to see father walk, with his arms folded, around the brow of the hill. We knew that we soon would be headed home to mother. When he was away, his home-coming was so eagerly anticipated. I'm sure we can all recall how we watched with great excitement his appearance after he had spent the winter away from home doing missionary work. I think on those occasions I must have almost stared a hole through the front windows as I watched for his approach along the sidewalk leading to the house. How gleefully we shouted, “Here he comes!” I am wondering how many children have felt the thrill of such a moment. It is a glorious thing to be able to welcome back into your arms the return of an honorable man from an honorable mission.
At father's funeral he was spoken of as being a king among men. To me this was what my father was. I feel that I am inadequate with words or pen to express the debt of gratitude I feel for the privilege of being born of such a noble father. “A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long cherished association with Godlike thoughts.” These beautiful lines written by James Allen in his book, “As a Man Thinketh”, so very appropriately describe my father that I borrow them to give benediction to my thoughts of gratitude for a glorious life well lived -- my father.
from Ruth Dallimorree
MY FATHER-IN-LAW – J. URBAN ALLRED
Sometime ago, I was asked to give in a Relief Society class my thoughts on the quality of integrity, along with citing an example of someone I knew who had this priceless quality. In pondering the meaning of integrity, I knew immediately that my example was going to be my father-in-law!
Father Allred was first introduced to me only two or three days prior to my marriage into the family. During the twenty ensuing years I knew him, I found him to be a great stalwart, showing unusual leadership, wisdom and sound judgment. With all of these qualities, he commanded great respect by all who knew him; I noticed that, also, his large family had unusual admiration, respect, love and reverence for this patriarch of the Allred family. In visiting in his home, he reminded me of prophets and men of scripture, as he would call us together for prayer and counsel, or write numerous letters beginning with “My son,” or “My daughter!”
In my relationship with Father Allred, he seemed to accept me for what I was, always complimenting me when such was earned, and withholding judgments or any dictatorial advice. I felt loved and wanted in his presence; I took note of his ever present examples in living as I struggled to rise to his level of accomplishment. Indeed, I came to look upon him as my pillar of strength!
As I reminisce in writing this tribute on Father's Day in 1968, I can vision him standing tall and straight in stature, while holding his shoulders aloft as he always presented a feeling of dignity and true greatness, yet humble and kindly.
To me, Father was "complete,” undivided, unbroken; he had moral soundness, honesty and uprightness. He possessed a fully mature personality; he was well integrated, being able to bring order, symmetry, poise, balance and unity to his eventful life. He was an eager student of the scriptures and perhaps his keen understanding of our Heavenly Father was the great unifier of his personality. The Savior demanded that above all, a man be genuine. Father possessed that deep, inner, unaffected genuineness. He not only avoided speaking insincerely, he WAS sincere as a person. He did not simply avoid deeds of anger or impurity, but down deep inside to the very core of his character, he WAS a person of patience, love and purity of heart.
Father was more on the divine and because of this, he had great inner peace, joy and love, with a feverish desire to give service to others. He was constant; I always knew he would be waiting and worthy to help me, whether in adding his prayers to ours for blessings, or in giving wonderful counsel and advice when sought. The Gospel was his life - not what he possessed of goods nor honors, nor learning, but what he was as a person. This spiritual giant was most devoted to his qust and responsibility in rearing his family. He was determined to seek to know God's will and to carry it out in love, humility and strict obedience.
He knew it is better to be honest, to live uprightly and forsake and shun evil than to be dishonest; he knew this, yes, but best of all, he practiced it. Father Allred had a keen sense of humor, yet with a twinkle in his eye as he matched wits with those around him and joined in having fun, he would remember always to set the proper example for his children and the world.
To say this spiritual giant among men understood profoundly the Gospel is not sufficient, he was a most effective teacher in expounding the scriptures and precious truths to others. In visiting his Gospel Doctrine class, in which I had the privilege of hearing him teach on different occasions, I marvelled at his ability to explain so effectively the gospel's teachings to others. I well remember the feeling I had - the extreme admiration and awe -when once he visited the Gospel Doctrine class I was teaching in an Oregon Ward; gratefully I turned to him several times to add a background of experience to the questions being discussed..
When he and Mother Allred were invited to travel with us to Palmyra, New York, I couldn't help but notice his deepfelt gratitude for all of his bounteous blessings as he expressed them in so many different ways. He enjoyed the beauties of nature, and manmade improvements that came with invention, science, engineering, etc. He loved his country and gave expression of such often, but above all he loved his Creator and his Heavenly Father's gifts of a family of whom he was justly proud, along with a fervent testimony of the Gospel which taught him the truths he wanted to hear. He was proud of his ancestry and dedicated particularly the last years of his life to finding out more about his ancestors so that they, like him, could benefit from knowing the Gospel and its teachings.
The longer I knew Father Allred, the more aware and the plainer it appeared to me that he was a strong, valiant, wise and true soul. I am more sure of it today when I remember and observe the goodness he has instilled into the lives of everyone of his own children. It is restful to feel sure of one man’s integrity!
THOUGHTS ABOUT MY FATHER -- BY LUCILE ALLRED ZENGER
Since I have been involved in a teaching experience for the last four years my thoughts about my father are inclined along this line as he was a teacher too. Although he taught school for only five years and had to quit and go into farming for health reasons he was always a teacher. And when any of us had any problems in school we knew where to go for help. I remember more than once father explaining to me some arithmetic problem or how to disect a sentence for English. And I am glad that he felt it important that we all continue our schooling after we graduated from high school -- even to the point of selling his farm and moving back to Utah where it would be easier to get us in the schools.
He also set a wonderful example of supporting the auxiliaries of the Church as he helped to establish the seminary program in Canada and encouraged us all to participate in it. When we moved to Logan father went with me to get registered at the A. C. and he made sure that I went over to the Institute and register there too. He set an outstanding example of supporting the Sunday School Organization by being a teacher for 61 years. It was a common sight to walk into the living room and see father in the big chair with his Bible, preparing his Sunday School lesson. He often told how as a young man, his sisters or someone would talk him into going to a dance and instead of dancing he would stand around and talk about the scriptures. This desire to talk about and discuss the gospel resulted in a wonderful understanding of the gospel.
They say that a teacher must have humor if he is a good teacher. And father was aware of this. One of his jokes that I remember was about dances -- he told of a lady who went to a dance with one of those old-fashioned knit slips on and a thread was hanging down. As she started to dance this thread got caught on something and slip began to unravel and by the time the dance finished the whole slip had unraveled.
Some have said that there are three ways to teach: (1) Example, (2) Example, (3) Example, Father realized the importance of a University education but he also realized that the greatest university is The Home. And in our home he and mother certainly used example as their foremost method of teaching. Father honored his priesthood and mother honored it. Father was the patriarch and mother was the vice-president. And they worked together to teach us obedience, and respect for law, discipline and self control, to live the Word of Wisdom, to appreciate and value work, to play, and to have home evenings.
Father and mother sustained and upheld the Authorities of the Church. In fact father felt that it was very important to go to conference so he could be right there and vote personally for our leaders. Father and mother held dear the right to vote both religious and secular. And after the four o’clock session of conference, when everyone was ready to go home, father felt it was his responsibility to stay to one more meeting -- the Sunday School -- more than once he went alone to this.
Father and mother instilled in us the importance of family and individual prayers by having them daily. Also the importance of going to the temple, by going. Along with this interest in temple father had an interest in genealogy. He went twice to the south to do research and I always remember his interest in trying to connect up people regardless if it was the store clerk or your new boyfriend.
Here is poem that sounds like father – the author is unknown.
My Dad says he doesn’t care But if I cheat or tell a lie
About the color of my hair Or say mean things to make folks cry
Nor if my eyes are blue or brown Or if I’m rude and impolite
Nor if my nose turns up or down And do not try to do what’s right…
It really doesn’t matter Then Dad says, that really does matter.
And Dad says he doesn’t care He says, “it isn’t looks that make one great,
If I am dark of if I am fair But character that seals your fate.
Or if I’m thin of if I’m fat It’s what’s within your heart, you see,
He doesn’t fret over thing like that… That makes or mars your destiny.”
It really doesn’t matter “And that,” says dad, “really does matter.”
My father was a most wonderful father. He was a man of good character and lived life to its fullest. His mind was always vigorous and active and he loved the out-of-doors. He was not afraid of hard honest work.
That which has meant most to me about my father was the examplary life he, together with mother, lived. Each succeeded in creating high ideals for us children to live up to. These ideals were not only related to church activities, they were also related to everyday activities.
Few people undetstood the gospel as well as my father. He made it a practice to share the gospel with others. I will always remember our family prayers. Father could offer some of the most eloquent prayers I have ever heard. As head of the household, he consistently called his family together for daily prayers.
Even though a father of a large family, he was always concerned about each family member. He paid attention to their well-being and the direction they were pursuing in life. He never allowed quarreling or bickering to go on in the home as he loved peace and harmony. He was a peacemaker.
I will always remember how much he stressed family unity and harmony. He never wanted any ill feelings to exist among any of the family members.
May his desires be realized. May his posterity hold high the ideals passed onto them. May we never forget his counsel and good 1ife.
MEMORIES OF FATHER
As I look back, I remember Father as a hard working man, hardly taking time off for himself; always concerned with providing for our family. On occasion he would take time off for a funeral. Once I remember him bringing a load of wheat to town and then asking me to take it down to the elevator. When I got down there he called the owner to verify that I had arrived without mishap and then asked to talk to me. As I picked up the phone his query was, “Are you in Hades?” Well, I had never heard the word “Hades” before so didn't know what it meant, so I replied, “No I'm at Ellis's elevator." Father got a chuckle out of that.
Even when Father broke his leg, there was no keeping him down. One day he asked me to drive a little band of sheep from the barnyard to the field south of the canal. Then suspecting that I might have some trouble, he came hobbling out on his crutches to find me cowering behind the barn to avoid the passes of the big ramboulet buck. So Father, giving little thought to his relatively restricted maneuverability, proceeded to remind that old buck who was boss. A few clouts across the horns with one of his crutches put the buck in his place. Then I herded the sheep rather cautiously to the field.
Can we ever think of father without remembering his faith and prayers. His was a strong and abiding faith that the Lord would answer the prayer of the sincere and humble person. There were so many instances where, after doing all that could be done, he left matters in the hands of the Lord. One example of this was in the preparation of the land for planting; then after planting, calling upon the Lord to bless us with a crop I remember once shortly before harvest time that he had cut some of the edges with a mowing machine where thistles had infested the crop. Then we came along with a hay rack to haul off the cuttings to be used as winter feed for the livestock. As I tromped down the thistly load my complaints became more plaintive and intolerable. Finally he helped me down and suggested that we pray about our problems. So we knelt there in the field and father talked to the Lord and asked for his help and his peace to attend us.
Another example of father's faith was portrayed in the family prayers that were held daily but particularly on those occasions when we were about to leave on a trip together.
Father was a courageous man with a lot of pioneer spirit. This was born out by his endeavors in Alberta, Canada. He wasn't satisfied with just being a dry farmer but took on such side interests as faxes and sheep.
He was a progressive man in many ways. He felt the need for a good education and was interested in all of his children receiving a good education.
Father had an unusual command of the English language and marvelous power of expression..
WHAT MY FATHER MEANT TO ME
To me my Father was a very strong and wonderful man that I always had the utmost love and respect for. I marvel at the strength he displayed in standing up for the principles of the Gospel, and the right things in life. Many times I would point to someone and their activities that didn't seem to be burtfng them. And he would always point out that it didn't matter what the other person was doing, we believed in doing it this way, this was the way the Lord intended us to live. This has been a great lesson to me. And yet along with this strength of character, he was so humble, keeping close to his Heavenly Father by calling upon him several times a day.
I'm so thankful he taught me to love the Gospel. Of his wonderful testimony he freely gave and because of this he was able to impart to our family at home a love for the gospel. He had tremendous knowledge on many subjects besides the gospel. I only wish I had taken the time to sit at his feet and let him pour into me some fragments of this knowledge.
His example, his dignity, his humility, his love and tenderness, and his testimony are just a few of his wonderful qualities that I shall always remember and that make me proud to have him as my Father.
WHAT MY FATHER’S DEATH MEANT TO ME
My heart throbbed with the refrain of the organ. People were filing into the church for father’s funeral. Exquisite perfume wafted from the flowers to lift the heaviness of my heart and clear the vision of my tear stained eyes. In that moment I knew that father's death was a monument to his life of honor and honesty.
Through days of toiling in the torpid sun, and nights of milking the cows by soft moonlight, or viewing a drought summer's harvest in one small wagon load of wheat, father had built his monument. Life had been the sculptor. Death had been the mistress of the unveiling ceremony.
Underneath fathers monument I could see the words: “He lived with honor.” I remembered the time mother was ill and he could not leave her. His wheat was cut and needed to be stooked. He hired a Mr. Morgan to do it, and showed him our outlying fields from the barn loft.
Mr. Morgan gladly consented. Father, not being able to leave the house, took him to the loft of our barn and pointed out our fields that lay two miles to the south. They were clearly visible from the barn.
“Do you see the fields on the left of the road?” asked father.
“Yes,” replied Mr. Morgan.
“Stook the wheat in that field,” instructed father.
Mr. Morgan worked for three days stooking the wheat. That night a wagon drove up to our house and an angry voice called out for father.
“What do you mean sending a man out to stook my wheat? I want you to mind your own business and keep your hired man off my farm!"
Upon checking with Mr. Morgan father discovered he had stooked the wrong field of wheat. With quiet dignity and composure, father paid him his wages and honored his agreement.
Again I could see the monument and my memory inscribed another inscription: "His word was as good as his bond.
I recalled a summer’s visit to my parental home. I needed a check cashed on a Chicago bank. Father said, “I’ll introduce you to my banker and we’ll see what he will do.”
After the introduction I stated my need for money. The banker replied, “If you are a daughter to this man you can write out a check for any amount and I will honor it."
Death was kind to me in this moment of revealing the monument of honor and honesty that my father had erected in his life. With keener insight and deeper fervor I resolved to build my life with honor and honesty.
MEMORIES OF MY FATHER AND WHAT MY FATHER HAS MEANT TO ME
Kate Allred Whetten
Father was always kind, patient and understanding in the handling of me. I never knew my father to say a cross word to me or even a frown at me. He handled me with gentleness and much, much understanding. I always knew that he loved me dearly and that I was very precious to him. He gave me the feeling that I was God's gift to him and as such he was never to use harshness of any kind with me. He told me once that when Grandfather Allred placed me in his arms after father's second marriage and they were ready to take the train to Canada, that Grandfather said, "Urban, you never need to use harshness with this girl.”
I think the closest he ever came to it was when he let me go to Georgia Mendenhall's to play on a Sunday afternoon. He told me when to come home. I arrived two hours later than I should have done. He took me aside (father never corrected one of his children in front of anyone) on the front porch and asked me why I was so late. I said, “I just kept playing and Georgia kept wanting to do more things so I just stayed.” He looked at me quietly and with hurt in his eyes for a few minutes. Then as he turned to go he said, “I think that you think more of Georgia than you do of me.” It was like an arrow going through my heart. I wanted to run and throw myself into his arms and say, “Oh, no I don't. No I don’t.” But instead I hid my tears, swallowed the surging feelings in my throat and firmly resolved to never hurt my father so deeply again.
At night he would sit and read the evening paper. He had a heavy head of hair. It would itch with dandruff. Someone told him if he would rub salt into it, the dandruff would be cured. So he would promise us children that if we would stand back of his chair and brush and comb his hair and rub salt into his scalp he would tell us stories. The stories were almost always of his missionary experiences. I knew these early in my life and as a result I had a great desire to go on a mission and love of the Gospel of truth which were implanted in me from these stories.
Father had a bright, most intelligent mind. The way that I early realized it was that he would help me with my homework in an off-hand, casual-way. I could ask him any question and he could give it to me while he was reading the evening newspaper. I remember asking him, “What is the meaning of this word?” having a whole list of words I had to look up their definitions. I never used the dictionary. I just asked father.
One time when Raymond High School was playing basketball with Cardston High School in Cardston, my girl friends, Georgia Mendenhall and Orpha Vance were going to Cardston and invited me to go and stay overnight with their relatives. When I asked father he said, “I need to make a business trip to Cardston. There isn't enough money for a ticket for both of us." He sat and debated for quite a while while I coaxed. At last he said, “you go, I'll see what I can do for my ticket.”
My freshman year in high school the Prom was a pretty big affair and much the center of conversation. I wanted to go. I needed a new dress. I approached father. He said that we didn't have any money that it had been a hard year with near crop failure. I coaxed.. Then I tried to be unselfish and started to walk away. Father could see that it meant so much to me. The next day he gave me the money for my new Prom dress and enough money to have it made by Mary Redd. Where he got the money I’ll never know. But his children always came first with father.
I can't remember how old I was, but I was walking home from the public school when I came to the front gate of our lot. As I did so I saw father going down the diagonal street in front of our house sitting in a one-bed wagon pulled by a team of horses. I hailed him and ran out to the wagon and climed up. I looked down at the small amount of wheat and asked him where he was going. He said “To the elevator to take the wheat.”
I said, “Is this all the wheat you've got.”
He replied, “Yes, this is all the wheat from our harvest this year." At my look of consternation he said soothingly, “But Heavenly Father knows and He will take care of us.”
How vividly I remember when Hugh was ill with pneumonia and it looked like he was going to die. He was about 2 years old. Father and mother took him to the hospital in Lethbridge and then came home and called the family together in David’s bedroom. Father asked us to all kneel down around the bed and then asked each one of us to pray for Hugh's recovery. After the last one had prayed father lifted his shoulders like a great monarch and with deep emotion in his voice pleaded with his God for the life of that precious little son. It moved me greatly and made a deep and lasting impression upon me to hear my father talk to the Lord that day.
It was my first year high school and David left on his mission. The crops had been scant that year and David had suggested to father that he shouldn't go on his mission that year but rather felt that he should wait until father had more money. I can still hear father say, “You go, and we will make out some way.” David left and father sent him money regularly every month for several months. One month I heard father say, “Well, I scraped the money together this month, but I don't know where it will come from next month.” The next month father was destitute. He went into David's clothes closet to pray. He poured out his heart to the Lord. As he got up from his knees a $20 bill floated down from one of the clothes closet shelves. He picked up the money, gathered the family together, and asked if anyone at any time had put $20 on one of David’s clothes closet shelves. Of course we hadn't. He then told us the circumstances and concluded with, “It was an answer to prayer.”
Father was a man of few words. He never preached or prattled to us. His words were measured and chosen with care when he had a message for us. As I stood on the platform of the Raymond railroad station and the train was ready to pullout to take me to Brigham Young University, Father took me into his arms to tell me goodbye. He whispered simply, but with noble accents: “You carry with you your father's honor!”
The first year I was home from college there came a Saturday when father cut his alfalfa in our west acreage. That night it rained and rained and on Sunday it was still raining. With thoughts in the back of my mind of wondering if father wasn't going out to the fields and do something about that wet alfalfa I said, “Aren’t you going to the fields and turn the hay over?" He looked at me quietly and serenely saying, “The Lord knows that my alfalfa is in the field getting wet.”
After I was married and the night before I was to permanently leave my parental home, father took me aside and we had a wonderful talk together. I can still see us sitting in the dining room. Father leaned over to me and said gently, “Observe these things in your home, Kate, and you will always be on the Lord’s side. Then he held up his big work-worn hand and named them off on his fingers:
1. Always have family prayers.
2. Always pay your tithing.
3. Regularly attend Sacrament Meeting.
4. Honor the priesthood over you.
When I was sick in Grand Junction or Ephraim he came to lend a helping hand. One time in Ephraim when he left he left a check, unnoticed by me, on my dresser. When I found it I wept ters. I never cashed it. I cashed it in my heart.
What my father has meant to me? A pillar of strength; a monument of unwavering faith; a kind and gentle solicitude that expected you to do your part, but he was always there to help. Father’s life shadowed me with love and assurance that he was proud of me and he was happy that I was his little girl.
Father never wavered in his clear vision of life, in what his mission was, and the integrity with which he intended to accomplish it. He was made of the purest, whitest marble. There was no ups or downs behavior no emotional surges to the left or the right; but unfalteringly he held to his vision and his ideals and to the noble heritage and teachings of his pioneer parents. No variableness in my father. This steadied the whole family.
Father’s life was consecrated to the building of Christ’s kingdom. The Savior was very real to him so that in all his endeavors, in all his teachings, the central core of this great man seemed to be: “Build strong. Do all you can for the honor and glory of your Father in Heaven who has entrusted you with a great mission and in whom he trusted and desired to do all he could to please Him."
Father has blessed me in his life -- and in his death. The help and love he has given me after his death has been just as real as in his lifetime.
WHAT DILWORTH'S DEATH MEANT TO ME AT SIX YEARS OF AGE
My six-year-old world was happy, gay, exciting and full of wonderment. All life was the essence of sweet nectar; no shooting star of pain or loss had, as yet, shot through my firmament of happiness. Six summers held such joys. There was the fun of wading in the splashing ditch that ran invitingly in front of our house and of looking for four-leafed clovers along its many banks; the allurement of meandering through the pasture and delighting in clover blossoms, bird nests and the kill-deer’s song; the enchantment of climbing a willow tree and imagining you were a bird swaying in its feathery branches.
As I gypsied home one night I was shocked out of my dream world to see the bedclothes from my brother’s bed thrown outside his bedroom window What could this mean? Inside the house I found my mother and father weeping. With tenderest emotions my father said, “Your brother, Dilworth, has just died!”
Dilworth dead? What did that mean? My ears heard but my heart did not.
All I knew was that the house inside was different. The doctor was closing a small black bag with nervous fingers while he talked rapidly, "The symptoms were unusual, I don't understand the case. I’ll check with Dr. Jones.” A neighbor offered my mother an aspirin.
I was hungry. I went to the bread box and heaped a thick slice of bread with cream and sugar.
Slowly death's image formed in my mind. It meant tear-stained neighbor women slipping quietly through the back door with a plate of cookies, sweet rolls or rice pudding. Men quietly did the evening chores while father visited in the parlor. But most unusual of all the dressmaker came to make me a new coat for the funeral and mother bought me a new hat.
My heart skipped and sang as I lay on my pillow at night -- a new coat and hat. I’d be the attention and envy of all my friends. As I slipped off to sleep I could imagine them all encircling me and admiring my beautiful green plaid coat with a velvet collar. “Oh,” I sighed, “would the day of the funeral never come.”
It did come. People, cars, relatives kissing each other, the kitchen table heaped with tasty food, neighbors asking if there was anything else they could do, mother assigning my sister to see that my hair was curled, my father talking to the Bishop about songs. And then Susan, that sat next to me in school, came up and with big appraising eyes said how pretty my new green coat looked. And Lydia. And Jane. Then Alvin, the boy next door that showed me how to climb trees, came and brought me a four-leafed clover. That was our sign. Oh, it was all just like I knew it would be.
Then it happened. Father beckoned me to come and stand by his side before the coffin. His words shattered my world. “For the last time look upon your brother!” For the last time? Is that what death was? Wouldn’t Dilworth ask me again to go with him to bring the cows home from the pasture and then show me a newly discovered meadow lark’s nest? Wouldn’t he show me where the Big Dipper was again? Did death mean “last time,” “no more?”
My world crumpled. Deathts image changed completely. Minutes before it had meant a new coat, new hat, pretty curls, admiring looks of friends, heaps of food, many people and much solicitation and attention. Now it meant “last time,” “no more,” “gone.” Death was cruel and mean. With a bitter shriek I threw myself into my father's arms. “And we thought she was taking it so calmly,” I heard them say above my bitter weeping.
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS THROUGH THE YEARS FROM MY FATHER
September 19, 1943
Tonight I am home from Church for a reason -- I am thinking in terms of love and gratitude to you expressed in pen and ink.
I am alone in our home -- the girls, Eileen and Helen, are in Meeting with Mother. So I wish you were here to enjoy a silent hour with me as we review the past, view the present, and contemplate the glorious future.
I am almost unwillingly made aware that 33 years have slipped quickly by since you came as a little bundle of flesh with a divinely appointed spirit into our home and into the arms of the proudest mother in all the world.
One-third of a century has passed since that eventful day in September 20, 1910, and mortality still persists as does and forever the love ties and the ideas of those bygone days. And shall not these divine ties and ideals increase and deepen as we grow in years, in experience and in knowledge.
Tonight I and Mother, with our home family, greet you and extend our love and congratulations on your safe arrival at the 33rd mile stone in your mortal pathway.
We are very happy that we can realize that a Divine hand has been over you and has preserved your life and extended your mission for a wise and glorious purpose. May you never forget the Divine hand that sheltered you; the home that nourished and fostered you; and the parents that gave you the sweet name of Kate and directed you in the way of that glorious mission that is yours.
May He bless you and Lester with wisdom and faith to keep with those dear children -- your great heritage -- well within the path of safety in these days of doubt and fear, is our prayer and our best wishes with the hope that many, many more happy prosperous birthdays may come your way.
I am sorry that this letter will be two days late. I am, however, doing better. I have until recently been 4 days behind schedule, now I am only two.
I hope you are all well. We are delighted to learn that you are in Grand Junction and have secured a home of your own. Hope you like your home and can find ways and means to pay for it in time. Hope you like the social and religious life of your new home town. Hope Lester is happily located in school and doesn't work too hard.
Larry, how are getting along in school. How's the pony. Wish I could see you all. Send Mary Ann to Logan and have her knock on Gram' s front door again. Accept our love for one and all.
Dearest Daughter Kate:
This is the month for congratulations --and we now send to you our love and congratulations as your 37th Birthday is at hand.
It is a day of reflections over the brief years as they have glown by us in our busy life; and deep gratitude for a Divine hand that has wisely preserved you and abundantly blessed you.
And the Future! --May it inultiply your joys and increase your assurances of the blessings and peace of mind that may and will come to you. All this with the enclosed lines to Hugh and Sarah. I close with our abundant love.
(A poem that father composed to Hugh and Sarah on their wedding day)
September fifth Nineteen hundred forty seven:
A Glorious day a great event
when youthful Hugh and Sarah went,
And, with clasped hands, kneeled beside an Holy Alter;
And in sacred vows pledged their mutual eternal love;
Then the man of God spake
And sealed them man and wife for time and all Eternity.
With promises of boundless blessings upon their heads:
A new life thus begins this day.
A new vision with all its possibilities opens wide to you
Me thinks an unseen witness standeth by
With records in his hand,
He smiles assent and writes these words on sacred page –
All these blessings thine,
“Upon your faithfulness."
May it even be so.
September 14, 1948
Dear Kate and all,
Some of the finest things in life is the recall of sweet memories --memories of the past, the recall of which always brings added assurances with keener vision of the future. Our future hopes and our present faith is largely our comprehension of the past.
Kate dear, as I recall your life --your birth as a sweet baby and the years thru which you have passed; how that you have been preserved by a Divine hand to experience what has come to you and your present standing before the Lord -- your family -- your home -- your good name as an outstanding Mother and wife to your worthy companion, I am glad. And I congratulate you and your family. I am proud of you and am especially proud of your successful efforts which, knowing no discouragements and disappointements, have completed your new home in these times of difficulties.
We were very happy to receive your latest letter announcing the completion of your home on the land which you own. And that is something. I took your letter with me to Salt Lake where I went to spend a little time with David and family fearing that he would not be able to stop at Logan on his way home with his Boy Scouts; but he did stop and we had a short visit with him. Well I started to say that all the children read your letter and were all glad for you and Lester and the children's sake.
I believe that the children all agreed that the finest finish to your home was your description of it. Inez said, “If ever I have a home again, especially one that is on a hill that has a country background with running waters and a moon and birds and what not, I want Kate to come with her pen and describe it as none of us can.” Now isn’t that something!
By the time these lines come to you that famous September 20th will have come again and you will add another year to your life. Mother, who is long since gone to bed, but asked me to write for her expressing our love and our congratulations for another and many more happy birthdays. May our Father in Heaven continue unto you and your happy family his choices blessings always.
We note what you say about the helpfulness of the children. How we should like to see you all and spend a week with you in a brand new home. I fear that we cannot come until we get some of our work over. At present we are shingling our home; irrigating orchards, putting up fruit and etc., etc., etc., Hope we will not so hard work always.
We are consoled with the thot that you are planning on coming to Conference and that Larry is coming too. Glad Larry has a good job and that he is making good. I will be glad to see him. Accept of our love to each of you.
Father and Mother
September 19, 1949
Dear Daughter Kate,
This morning the STOP! signal is on everything in our home until we write a few important lines -- more important than wash day or work in orchard -- in happy memories of Sept 20 -tommorow - your 39th birthday.
It was a glorious event when you opened your eyes as an infant baby in what was then and still is --your home -- a mid conditions which we today -- 39 years since -- call blessed!
Your coming, me thinks, was not by chance nor without Divine appointment -- to enrich our home and bless mankind and the family appointed you. The abundant fuller life which is made possible to us does not consist in earthly power or material wealth alone, but in the eternal relationships we hold to each other, here and hereafter.
I am filled with gratitude for the measure of the abundant blessings the Lord has given us as a family -- for you girls and boys which the Lord gave us -- these are our blessings and we need ask for none greater. (Kindly excuse this wet spot on paper -- our roof leaks.)
Now our dear Kate, Mother and I again send our love and message of devotion and remembrance to you, by air, upon this another blessed birthday for you in mortal life. We pray and earnestly desire that the Hand that has preserved and sustained you in all the ways of the past will continue to give you power, wisdom and faith to continue in your noble calling as a faithful wife and an outstanding mother whose reward is in your hands -- your household. Kindly accept of this brief message of love and congratulations on this memorial occasion. Sincerely,
Father and Mother
P. S. Greetings to all the children: to Larry, the big fine Boy Scout and hunter - from whom I expect much as he comes to manhood. To Mary Ann - mother's idol and great helper. To John wide-a-wake. Tell him I had to send Jimmy two more grasshoppers which cost me .12 cents just because they were purebreds. To David - gentle and loveable as he is -- love to all of them. And now to Lester whom we hope is back to normal and continues to improve. He is doing a good work and will find encouragement in it.
September 16, 1950
Our Dear daughter Kate:
Once upon a time forty long years ago
A baby girl was born to proud parents.
She was a choice spirit and came to earth
Through a chosen lineage and a divinely
Appointed mission to perform
As her earth life does attest!
Forty years have come and gone
Years filled at times with grave anxiety and prayers
As well as with joys, triumphs and renewed hopes.
Baby Kate has now long been a Mother -
The mother of a David, a John,
A Mary and a big Larry -
A proud happy Household!
And what of them?
Who can see or measure
The results as the years come and go!
Mother and Father are happy with you this day for the abundance of the blessings of a kind Heavenly Father whose hand has been over you now and always.
Our love, our prayers
Father and mother
Logan, Utah, 1953, 9:00 p.m.
Our Beloved Daughter, Kate!
September 20! That memorable day in our lives has come again and nearly gone, yet I write a line or two which gives me much pleasure.
Forty-three years ago today you came as a ray of light and comfort into our humble home. The intervening years have been full of fond memories. If there have been sorrows they have been healed and dispelled by the sunshine of hope and faith in the future. Our children and grandchildren have been our happiness and assurance.
A motherless babe has grown into a noble woman, wife and mother. The heritage God gave you you have honored. I thank Him every day for your life and for the honor which you have conferred upon the name you bear and the home from which you came. We are proud of you always. May God’s choicest blessings rest upon you and your household this day and always I pray. Our heartiest congratulations and sincere love.
Your father in which mother join.
(End of Birthday letters)
(no date - my failing too)
We haven’t forgotten you tho long have I been silent.
Have had a long hard experience but have been remarkably and divinely preserved and having a wonderful comeback for all of which and much more I am deeply grateful to a Divine hand and purpose thru it all. Hope to go to Conference and expect to see and visit with you all then. In another 10 days I expect to be relieved of the heavy burden that has been upon me. Meanwhile may all be well with us.
How proud I am to greet you with our best wishes and our love on this another birthday. I am most glad and proud of your life, your wonderful family, and your labors which will go on and on. Our kindest love to you and family,
Your loving Father
Jan. 30 - 9:30 p.m.
Dear Kate, Lester and all the “Sweeties”,
I am sitting in my big chair in the front room with hand and paper on my lap. I am thus saying, “Hello.” Hello there, how are all down there below (Grand Junction). I am quite normal as you expect when I tell you that I have been in bed most of the day -- the first time I have been down and out this year or last so far as I can recall -and I won't ask Mother. I came home last night thoroughly chilled, then I burned up nearly all night but will be OK in the morning. Fullmer came over yesterday from Washaki and broke down with his car and was badly in need of help. I already had a cold but I pulled him home thru the snow, a distance of 80 miles round trip. When I got home the family put me to bed with hot water within and without. I grunted, puffed and groaned. The family suffered with patience but Helen said it was awful. Now I can hear Larry say, “Well, I did not know Grandpa was that way. Well I am glad to say that I will be OK in the morning and that we are all well here at home. When it comes to the nursery and Ruth I am going to let her speak for that part as she has promised to add to this. Will say, however, that we think we have one of the wonder babies of the world.
We were glad to receive another hen delivered from your liberal hands direct to our oven and was it good. I'll say it was. Thanks many.
Now Kate and Lester, the most important piece of news I have is your visit with that wonderful brother of yours, David. I am sure he has already contacted you and you know his schedule.
Today we anticipate has been a wonderful even t for the children in California. Lucile and Ray went to San Francisco and met with David and Hugh on Treasure Island.
I am to meet David on Thur. He will visit with us for two days, then I will put him on the train and then you will have the thrill of seeing his smiling face and enjoying a two days visit with him. I hope that you will thoroughly enjoy every minute and that these visits, so wide apart, will have the effect of bringing us closer together in our intimate family ties and cause a family pride to enrich our souls because of the name we bear and of the Lord's many blessings and solicitudes to us in sending us to earth to be richly born and Divinely guided in our course while we journey in mortality. Hope that you are able to draw from each other some of the fine lessons of life.
Mother and I are proud of you. Glad every day that your young life touched ours, and that you, Kate, came as an eternal blessing into our home. May your life be full of faith in God and your smiles ever bless your home. Accept of our love and best wishes to you one and all.
From Grandpa and all.
April 20, 1944
Dear Kate, Lester and Children,
Kate and Lester how are you getting along. Wish you were closer that we could see you oftener and more fully know each other.
While on the street the other day whom should I meet - Mrs. Egbert with her sister, Sr. Cannon of Ames, Iowa. Had a very pleasant, tho brief, visit with her and reviewed your experiences with her and Dr. Cannon. They are true friends and neighbors. I expressed again our gratitude and appreciation to them.
If life seems sometimes an uphill pull it is never the less worth it all. Remember your blessings -- three most wonderful children -- the choicest the Lord could send to you! Be full of hope and rich in spirit. These are days of doubtt of sorrows, of fears. We are on trial holding a divine trust and a divine mission. If we are valiant in that trust and to our responsibilities we shall not fail, tho tried, we shall triumph.
Well dearst don't run down, but keep chins up and a watchful mood. The race is not to the swift. May our kind Father bless your lives, your home, your labors and may you remember His promises to you upon your faithfulness.
All in love to you, Father and Gram.
Isn't it great to have a Birthday! Especially when you are 35 and married, and then it is sure to be the extraordinary occasion of causing my father to write me a letter.
And why shouldn’t I write! If there is a man in the world who has greater cause to be glad and grateful for a good family and continued Divine favors -- I don’t know him. Last night as I laid in bed and reviewed the past 35 years and more, of the time when you came into our home, of the blessings that you have brought with but it seems now little effort, anxiety and worry from mother and father. My father said to me when we started with you as a child in our arms, "Urban, you will never have to use any harsh measures on this sweet baby girl.” If I drop a tear now it is in gratitude for your submissive, kind spirit; the results of which have paid big dividends in joy to us and will and is manifest in your household in the 2nd and 3rd generations.
We wish you were here today to spend this day and a few more with us. We are lifted up by your visits. Hope it won’t be long before we see you. Meanwhile we send our love, without measure, and our wishes and prayers for the choicest blessings of that kind Father, whose hand has been over you and with you to bless you and your household -- your wonderful little family -- with every good desire and wish of your hearts. Our love to Lester and each one of the children, and may Kate continue to strengthen them in every good work. May you have many more happy birthdays and rejoice in the good things in life which are so abundantly about us for you know that I feel that this is an ideal world in which we live. It may be that we are all on the run, but that is because we refuse to walk.
I know that you have been very busy this summer and are yet, and we felt that it would be better for us to come out to see you later when the turkeys are out of the way. So we have decided to come to see you at or near Christmas time when things are not so pressing. How are the children? How is Lester? How's the turkeys. Can ye lend a fellow $1,000.00. May all be well.
Our Love, Father and Gram.
Hope you'ns are all well as this leaves we’ins. If not otherwise or heretofore announced this is an official announcement that the dear lost glasses have been received. John's 10 cents insurance surely brought them thru in a hurry. That was a piece of strategy on his part and shows his business head and should be a family memory classed with that of Uncle Hugh Bruce when 6 years old he paid and received and retained tithing receipt for 1 cent out of 5 cents and a bag of candy for the rest. These youngsters know how to take some short cuts.
We were glad to hear from you again and learn that David is beginning to walk again; that Mary Ann is advancing and is now a young woman and can and will soon take her place as a leader and example to all her girl friends and boys, too, as they seem to be very important from now on; that Larry is in a new big field and striving hard to improve his educational opportunities; that mother and father look on and work on with the greatest satisfaction at this greatest parade of family life.
We are happy that Larry sought for and obtained a splendid Patriarchal blessing given of the Lord but worded after the manner and language of the man thru whom it was given setting forth:
1. His appointed lineage 2. His responsibility and calling in the Priesthood 3. His promise of spiritual and intellectual growth and development thru study and faith to a full comprehension of the plan of salvation with a calling and a promise that he should be great teacher of these great truths to many in his generation also touching and saving his own posterity! 4. His labors were to reach out not only to the living but was to be a living force in touching and redeeming his dead ancestors. 5. And finally a promise of the Lord that he should receive a choice companion for time and eternity with all the limitless possibility which this, the climax of the ordinances fo the priesthood includes. 6. And a final promise of eternal life. What a blueprint of a young life!
P. S. Forgot to say that I was in S. L. on Sunday to attend Richard's home coming in the University Ward which was splendid and reflected honor on us all, especially upon his mother who is a successful S. S. teacher in that ward and is loved by the people. I am happy in it all. Richard's mission was a rich investment.
November 12, 1950
Kate - my dear, devoted Daughter:
I am squaring myself in an attempt to answer your interesting letter put to me in the form of ceritain questions arising in your Mutual work with the hope that my humble effort may help you and your class in a better understanding of the great Gospel -- a divine plan devised for God’s children that all who will obey and keep it may receive that necessary preparation for exaltation in the Celestial, Terrestial or Telestial kingdom.
I will take your last question first:
The more I study and try to fathom out the principles of the Gospel the dumber I become. What can be done about it? That makes me smile and I submit to you that this is the 64 dollar question. Suffice to say that you have the right attitude and are in the right path. One of the greatest scholars and scientist that ever lived said at the close of a life time of devoted research that in the sands of life he had gathered a few pebbles of truth. It is very consoling to remember however that time is too short for mortals in mortality, for humans, to span the universe and penetrate all the known and vast unknown depths of knowledge about him. That eternity is his and progress in truth and experience limitless. Let us remember that there are certain essential truths - ordinances - which we must obey if taught us here in order to reach our highest destiny.
2. Concerning circulating rumors -- There is not a particle of truth in these stories. Pres. Christiansen of the Logan Temple, was asked recently if there was any truth of anyone passing a Nephite or anyone else visiting the temple with a message and he said that there was not a bit of truth in it and other stories of like manner.
3. Can a person with tattoo enter the temple? Yes. The heart and soul and not a mark on the body is required.
4. Can the Devil read our thoughts? In answer will say that we are taught by modern prophets -especially Joseph Smith and B. Young (see Discourses of B. Young by Widstoe on “Power of the Devil,” chp 6, page 105-146) that the devil has no power over us only as we give it to him. I am sure he can read our thoughts when we think out loud or express our thoughts in our acts. But I am doubtful if Satan can reach the deep recesses of the human soul. He is always subject to our will unless we go so far as to be entirely subject to him and cannot repent, which is possible. He has the advantage of having known us in the pre-existence and knows us here better than we know ourselves. He is a skilled Master in his art and is ever vigilant to attach and attack us through our bodies, never through our spirits. And as long as the spirit governs the body we have nothing to fear save our liability of becoming gradually subject to our bodily desires. Then we become subject to his influence, which is a mighty power, of pursuasion, deceit and lying - the Author of all wickedness.
That the Devil is familiar with the prophets and their writings - a scripturian is evidenced in his great conflict or encounter with the Christ at the temptations. He hears our prayers. He answered father Adams in his call for help when he found himself alone man in a fallen world. He made promises of great importance to Christ if he would worship him. To Moses -- that he, Satan, was the son of God. To Cain -- whom he knew previous to earth life - and to him he made a great appeal and in which he gained a great victory. When Cain, who was a High Priest, joined his forces and he, Cain, became Master Mahon - that is, Master of the devils because he, Cain, took with him the experiences of a body and a knowledge of the Priesthood which Lucifer did not nor does not possess; for, be it known, that without this mortal body we get none of the sensations of the mortal life. That Satan might get and know the experiences and knowledge that comes through a mortal body he seeks, where it is possible, to possess the bodies of men, and when driven out he asked to be permitted to enter the body of swine.
I summarize by saying: Satan knows our lives by what we say and what we do and what we have done; but I have no scripture nor conclusion that he can know the inner thoughts of a righteous man.
5. Do we have an appointed time to die? Mortal life here is not by chance nor without order. We came here by appointment, at an appointed time and place. If we have been born with a rich inheritance through a noble line of ancestors, it is because we have been worthy of it in the life before we came to earth. Many are called back into the spirit world after a brief period in mortality having accomplished the main purpose of life -- the obtaining of a mortal body which they will claim through the atonement of Christ, though they lived in mortality but a few brief moments.
Why the innocent child is called and his brother's days extended to 100 years and he dies full of good works - virtue (for virtue is tried innocence) we do not now fully understand. But both have accomplished their appointments and neither will be denied the blessings of celestial glory if they seek it through obedience and faithfulness. Men have their agency - the will power - the highest function of the human soul. And he may cooperate with God in living an appointed span of life or he may sometimes - often times - shorten that appointed time, or even lengthen that period by his own acts. I know of men whose lives have been spared or lengthened in order to accomplish a certain purpose. And I know of many others whom I feel could have lived longer and more richly had they not wrecked their lives. I wonder if the people to whom for 140 years (?) could not have lived longer with power to possess the celestial kingdom if they had repented; rather than to inherit the terrestial kingdom.
I feel assured from holy writ that men are sent to earth by divine appointment to perform a mission assigned them and appointed their years to perform that appointment; if men live up to their privileges, otherwise their days may be shortened. Ancient Israel was told to live that thy days my be long upon the land which the Lord thy God hath given thee.
Now, dear daughter, I had better conclude this letter. It is poorly written but I believe you are good at interpreting. This letter has been written at intervals, therefore is disconnected.
Jan. 12, 1952
Dear Kate, Lester and All Those Other Whettens: Our Loved Ones:
Last week when old Jack Frost hung all his symbols of supremacy all around our cabin, the mail man brought us a message as though it were badly needed. We opened and read and it glowed and warmed and warmed and its message is still with us.
First, your message - a most welcome letter brought the cheering news that Kate - the wonderful blessed mother of the household - is much improved and encouraged from your trip to Dr. Cullimore. This was like a shaft of sunshine in our lives, for which we are very thankful.
And then there was Lester’s letter - the humble, earnest expression of his heart of hearts - his high and unbounded appreciation of his wife and worthy companion; and of his earnest desire and prayer to be always by her side as a worthy companion; and always be helpful to his family and companion and to be faithful to his divine calling in this Church. Also with a feeling of gratitude that he had been blessed by the Father in his responsibilities in all of his duties in the past; among which was a wife whose inspiration and helpfulness is without measure and a mighty force in building and sustaining your G. J. branch of the Church.
Lester, your letter inspired us and made me feel more of you, if possible, than ever before and is a reflection of the spirit of love and devotion which exists in your home and which we so much enjoyed on our short visit with you all. Such devotion and love is your greatest guarantee to happiness and future security and is the greatest heritage and example that you can give to your children whom you say and I add, are a wonderful family reserved to come to you and Kate for a glorious purpose. David, John, Mary Ann and Larry - what a noble bunch! How we love you!
Now, on the other side of the message was Kate’s lesson to the sisters which cannot help but be a great lesson to them. I was delighted to note the care, the details and the extent of these lessons prepared by my own daughter which compares to any, and far exceeds anything either far or near in any of its stakes. Kate, if you are a teacher, so was your mother and so was your grandmother, and the sisters will love you for your untiring, careful work, and our Heavenly Father will bless and reward you; which I pray that He will and that you will yet see the fruits of your labors. Use your God-given talents. Never be discouraged but listen to the voice of inspiration and wise counsel and you will never fail but will receive Divine approval. This is your father, and I wish I could have another visit with you.
Lester, I must now close. Please accept this as a partial answer to your inspiring letter and I shall talk some day on what I have failed to write. As to H. C. I feel that you have done your duty to him and may now be a means of causing him to find complete adjustment with the Church and all concerned. He is too talented and too good a man to loose. Matters in your District will adjust themselves without more being said. Your labors have been many and will prove a great blessing to you and those concerned.
May Kate and you, Lester, live so close together that no thought or force may ever, for even a moment, come between you to marr in those greater labors that are coming to you.
Lovingly, Grandpa and all
Logan, May 23.
Dear Kate, Lester and all the Children,
Dinner is over and Mother stands over me and now I have no excuse. I would love to come in your back door which in my mind I often do, in my wishes to see you, which I often desire. Glad to report that we are well and I am improving a little every day -- and isn't that good news and worth writing home about! Happiness and light-heartedness is in the air if we can see it just around the corner ..... Now let me express my gratitude that you, to whom I pen these short lines to, are apart of us - of a great and happy family who have been most wonderfully blessed. I want to see you at close range before too long. May all be well with you! Our love and blessings in abundance.
Father and Mother
November 4, 1953
We were very glad to hear from you all - first by phone and then the next day by letter. Also to receive the family charts which, as you say, you have made and retained a copy for your future use you hope.
And that cheerful letter! It was like a ray of sunshine and warmth shining through the frigid weather outside and brought sunshine into our houseful. If Mary Ann, in her afflictions with several months confinement ahead, can radiate a spirit of happiness and hope that makes glad and hopeful the whole household and calls in her friends to make glad - then what about the rest of us!
I am glad to see happiness -- a grateful spirit - in action and to be assured that this is contagious! May our Heavenly Father bless you, Mary Ann, your faith and your courage is undaunted and your experience will be a pleasant story to tell your children in the years to come. There is more than one Helen Keller in this world!
When your letter came, Kate, it made me feel so good that I enclosed it in a letter that I had already addressed to Sina. I am sure she, too, will enjoy reading it. I am still very busy at the temple where we have ever increasing larger crowds. Glad to report that Mother and I are both well and find a lot of real satisfaction in our children. May the Father bless your household and especially Mary. Would love to see her.
Our Love and prayers
Father and Mother
June 1, 1954
Dear Daughter Kate Lester and Family,
Your letter of nearly a month ago came as a great surprise and shock because of Lester’s emergency operation, but with it gave assurances that all would be well and don't worry -- such optimism and faith -- which always win out. We have remembered you daily in our prayers, and not without assurances that all would be well in time with you both. I am glad, Kate, that with your complicated operation you did not loose the gland or organ that makes humor in life, and that there is something to smile about even in operations. We trust that these lines finds you ever growing stronger in body and more cautious in mind; that through it all, as in the events of the past, we may see clearly the working of the Divine.
Well, the 80th Birthday went over fine. Ruth and Eugene. Lucile and Ray, Odessa and Merrill with their children spent a happy day with us. Wish the rest of you could have been present. Had most wonderful letters, besides your own, from Sina in N.Y., David from St. Louis, Inez from Pendleton, Hugh Bruce and Sara and children from Denver and Helen and Bax in Cleveland and Eileen and Jim. Also had Aaron and Myrtle and Charles Wade. The contents of these splendid letters did me more good by far than any earthly presents. The temple workers also honored me.
Try and find time to write us again. Meanwhile I hope everything -- good health and faith sufficient for your daily needs -- is yours. You are greatly blessed and so am I. Our love and best wishes always.
Father and Mother
Hope these find you all well as it leaves us. Note that you had the best Christmas of your lives because of your surroundings - at peace in the quiet of your own home-made home. Which is abundant proof that you are of the favored of all the earth; and that you are in favor with high Heaven and that even old man Santa - the faithful old fellow - has you on his favored lists of those whom he likes to visit.
Old Santa came to our home whether through habit or not - but I believe that it was thrue love and the Joy of giving - and we enjoyed it all. And why not? If we look backward we are grateful for the fulness of our experiences; if we look forward we are hopeful and glad also! However, I believe that this is the funniest world I ever lived in -- it is too much or too none all the time.
Thanks for your good wishes; for your good lives. With heads erect and shoulders squared let us face the New Year, the greatest year of our lives, with a faith and courage that preserves and blesses and brings happiness to our lives. As ever our love and prayers for each of you.
Father and Mother
Feb. 10, 1956
Dear Daughter Kate:
Your splendid letter came yesterday. Well might you be enthusiastically proud of John and his recent triumph - an Eagle Scout badge - the second in the family. In our home we - Mother and I - caught your enthusiasm and are very happy for your devotions and helpfulness to your home and your children, of whom you, with us are justly proud. We congratulate you! We note your splendid program and your splendid contribution there to. We startle however, as we recall how swiftly time passes. That the children of yesterday are the young men and women of today, ready to climb the hills of life amid so many opportunities about them! May we have the faith to see and the wisdom to choose the course that leads to the ultimate goal -- exaltation of body with our spirits !
Of course, in my thinking May 21 is the greatest day in the year. Preceeding it I received letters of congratulations and expressions of love, beside your own wonderful expressions, from David from St. Louis, Hugh and Sara from Denver, Inez from Pendleton, Eileen and Jim, which would make any father's heart swell with gratitude! On Friday night the night officiators (120) showed me special honor at the evening session which I very much appreciated and climaxed the day in the temple. On Saturday came Odessa, Merrill, Lucile and Ray, Ruth and Eugene with their families and we had a most enjoyable day. We did not forget you and your family before the Lord. The children gathered enjoyed the letters of the children not present. So that, all in all, it was an enjoyable event and birthday, for which I am very thankful and hope to long remember and from which I can profit and improve .
Mother has suffered a sprained ankle for the past 4 weeks. It was under these conditions that we spent our Christmas; but not in discouragement - not for a moment - for we are very proud of our home and our children; for our abundant blessings; for which we might well give thanks to the Lord. We were abundantly remembered by our family, not the least of which was a wonderful letter by your dear John, expressing eloquently his gratitude for his good mother and her tender care over his life. -- Jan 7, 1956.
One noted person said, “My life is my message.” I believe father's life was his greatest message, the fountain of his never-ending inspiration to me. May we brothers and sisters and our posterity heed always that which he taught by word and precept to the edification of our lives. These thoughts I pen with true devotion and loving memory for that wonderful father of mine.