100 Years of Faith

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
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 100 Years of Faith
Description Andreas Czeh was living in Indianapolis and consented to sponsor her. On October 11, 1911, she bade her parents goodbye, not knowing if she would ever see them again in this life. Shortly before leaving, Mary learned that her mother was expecting another child. Mary sailed from Feume, Italy, and landed in America on November 1. 1911. in a thick fog. She says. The fog was so thick we couldn't see the Statue of Liberty. The ship stopped a little distance out in the harbor, and we were later towed in by a tugboat. When my feet touched the ground I felt like kissing it. My heart was full of joy and thanksgiving that I was back once again in the Land of Liberty I loved so much. Little did I realize what blessings the Lord had in store for me." Mary stayed with her Uncle Andreas in Indianapolis for three months, and then went to Cincinnati. She found employment as a housemaid at the home of a millionaire, where she earned $5.00 a week plus her room and board. Later, Mary found employment with the Gerst family. Mr. Gerst spent most of his time in Nashville, Tennessee, where he and his four sons ran a large brewery. Mrs. Gerst was left alone in their Cincinnati home and needed a companion and housekeeper. Mary lived with the Gersts for two years and was very happy. She says, This is where I came in contact with Mormonism." Two blocks from the Gersts lived the Wilhelms. a couple with whom she became good friends. They had no family and owned a thriving business. He was a men's tailor and she was a professional dressmaker. Mary spent much of her spare time in their home and place of business. One Sunday afternoon, Mary was visiting the Wilhelms when two young men came to visit. "I was impressed with their appearance." said Mary. They were different from the other young men I knew; and they did something that was totally new to me-they administered the sacrament, talked about the first principles of the gospel, faith, repentance, baptism, etc. These things seemed to ring a bell in me, and I believed them." After they left, Mary asked the Wilhelms who these young men were, what church did they represent, and where did they come from. She was told they were missionaries representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they came from the headquarters the Church in Salt Lake City. 87
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326676
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