Danish Meeting

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1983
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Danish Meeting
Description DANISH MEETING Lillian Winn Fjeldsted 7999 South 850 East Sandy, Utah Non-professional Division First Place Historical Essay The early converts to the L.D.S. Church who settled in Ephraim were over ninety per cent from the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The Danish con-verts were in the majority. Many of these devoted church members found the English language very hard to master. Numerous funny stories are told of their misuse of words. So difficult was the lan-guage for them that they decided to conduct their services in Danish. When Brigham Young heard that they were conducting their meetings in Danish, he became very upset. In his communication with them, he insisted that they stop using the Danish language in their meetings. But these stubborn saints were not about to give up their native language. After another directive from Brigham Young, they decided they would hold a service speaking English and a service speaking Danish each Sunday. This again displeased Brigham Young, but the pattern of holding a separate meeting using the Danish language continued into the 1920s. When I was fifteen years old, they were still holding Danish meetings on Sunday mornings. The meetings were held in a room at the back of the Tabernacle called the Vestry. My grandfather, J. P. L. Breinholt, was president of the group at this time. They needed an organist to play for their congregational singing and their small choir. Grandpa asked me to help them out, so for two years I attended Danish meeting and pumped the old organ to accom-pany their singing. The group had a small choir that met every week for practice. We met in the homes of the members who had organs. I do not remember that any of them had a piano at -11-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-18
Date Modified 2005-02-18
ID 323028
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