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 The next day Mary told Mrs. Gerst about what happened and how Impressed she was with these young men. The first thing Mrs. Gerst wanted to know was where they came from and what church they represented. When Maty told her she said. "Oh, they are Mormons, and don't you have anything to do with them. They come out here and convert young girls and take them back to Utah where each man has seven wives." Mary responded. The Wilhelms didn't say they were Mormons. They said they were from the Church of Jesus Christ." Mrs. Gerst replied, "I don't care what they said. If they come from Utah and Salt Lake City they are Mormons because that's all there are out there." Mrs. Gerst was a staunch Catholic, and her husband was Lutheran. Mary said, "I had never heard of Mormonism or Utah. All I knew about the West was what I saw in picture shows-cowboys, Indians, and the wild wooly West. Little did I dream that someday I would go west and establish a home, and raise a family there." Mary told the Wilhelms what Mrs. Gerst has said about the Mormons. She didn't know that the Wilhelms were Mormons. At that time, prejudice against Mormons was so strong in Ohio and Kentucky, that if they let it be known, they would have lost their business. They explained to Mary that "Mormon" was sort of a nickname because of the Book of Mormon. Mary wanted to know more. There were only twenty-five members of the Church in Cincinnati in 1915. They had no place to hold meetings, and were meeting in the members' homes. The Wilhelms invited Mary to attend meetings with them, and after six months she was converted and requested baptism. Mary recounts, "It was a beautiful spring day on Sunday. April 25, 1915. I was baptized in the Ohio River by Elder Ted Hunter of Salt Lake City. Elder J. Gerald Carpenter of Manti, Utah stood on the bank of the river and raised his hands above his head to bless the water. (He was my future husband.] It was a very spiritual and beautiful service, and I had a heavenly feeling as I came out of the water which cannot be described. My first impulse was to shout the good news and share my joy with my friends. But alas, to my disappointment I was given a cold shoulder." Among those witnessing Mary's baptism was her sister Theresa, who had emigrated three years earlier. Although she attended 88
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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 326677
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