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He Spoke in Danish

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1993
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6nz85tx
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324626
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6nz85tx

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Title He Spoke in Danish
Description HE SPOKE IN DANISH Lu Gene A. Nielson Non-Professional Second Place Essay My great-grandmother, Bertha Katherine Jonasen, was born January t, 1850 in Staiin, Denmark. She was the daughter of Anders Christian Jonasen and Johanna Marie Olsen. At the age of twelve she realized she was not satisfied with the teachings of her church, the Lutheran Church. As she grew older it began to trouble her a great deal. In the year 1879, she and Lars Peter Anderson, also a Lutheran, were married. Bertha expressed her feelings about the Lutheran Church to her husband, who gave her a Bible to study. After studying the Bible she realized she Deeded more than the Lutheran Church could teach her. It was at this time she heard of the Mormon missionaries in Denmark. Oh, how she hoped and prayed they would be able to find her. Her prayers were answered, for the missionaries visited their home. The missionaries gave Bertha a tract which she and Lars studied, and enjoyed. It seemed (o clarify many questions which had troubled her for such a long time. Although disowned by their families, she and Lars joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 14, 1884. The missionary who baptized them was Thomas S. Lund from Ephraim, Utah. Shortly after their baptism the missionaries were released. Bertha and Lars left their beloved Denmark with the missionaries, for Ephraim, Utah. They suffered many trials and hardships. It was very difficult for them in a new land because they could not speak or understand the English language. Bertha had always had a great desire to hear an Apostle of the Church speak. During her first year in Utah, Apostle Joseph F. Smith came to Ephraim to speak in the tabernacle. A Danish friend, Mrs. Jensen, urged Bertha to attend. She was hesitant as people often are when their great opportunity comes at last. Moreover, she did not know the language. Of course, she went. As the Apostle arose, her wish seemed about to be fulfilled save that he would not be comprehensible to her. As his first words fell upon her ears, she was alone in a world in which there were no other persons. In the utter stillness and aloneness, an ecstasy ran CT
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324552
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6nz85tx/324552