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Neils Rasmus Petersen

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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
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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 Neils Rasmus Petersen
Description NEILS RASMUS PETERSEN Norma S. WanIass Barton Non-Professional Third Place Short Story Neils Rasmus Petersen was born June 2, 1858, in Tystrup, Soro County, Sjaelland, Denmark and christened in the Lutheran Church. As was their custom, he was confirmed October 16, 1872. Confirmation was a ceremony declaring that teenagers had become adults. A month later Neils R. left school to work on a farm. While he was away working, his parents met the Mormon Missionaries. His mother felt the truth at once. Later she became quite ill and Neils's father came to talk to him about her condition. "Neils, I think your mother wants to become a Mormon," he said. Neils was at an age when he wanted everyone to like oira and his family, and to take his place socially with his friends and relatives. He knew the stigma attached to Mormonism, and felt thai the shame was too much for him to bear. He went to the stable where he chopped straw for the cows, closed the door and knelt down and prayed. "Lord, please take my mother's desire to be a Mormon away from her. But if it is the truth, give all of us the knowledge of it and the courage to accept it." When he rose to his feet, the weight and darkness had lifted. He and his family were baptized in 1874. He continued to work on the same farm, and was ridiculed because of his new religion. At the young age of 17, he was called to serve a local mission in Copenhagen. In 1876 he received a letter telling him to go to the Island of Bornholm, south of Sweden. Neils was called to be the President of the Bornholm Branch. The persecutions they suffered made stronger ties between the investigators and members. Neils "s family emigrated to the United States in 1876 and 1877. After nearly five years of missionary work, he bade bis many friends and relatives in Denmark goodbye, and set sail on July 5, 1880, for America and Salt Lake City. Utah. Among the group awaiting him was the H.P. Hansen family, whom he converted in Skyttegaard in 1878. Jensine Caroline Hansen, whom Neils had taken a liking to, was there and romance budded. 43
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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 324581
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6nz85tx/324581