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 some of the meetings with Mary, she did not join the Church. "The elder who dedicated the water for the baptism, J. Gerald Carpenter, was completing his mission in Ohio. He had been serving in Germany In 1914 when World War I erupted and had been sent back to the Southern States Mission. Mary first met him one Sunday afternoon when the Wilhelms invited her to a concert given by a German male chorus for the benefit of the German war sufferers. The concert was held in the Cincinnati Music Hall. There was a double line waiting to get inside, and as luck would have it, in the line opposite Mary and the Wilhelms stood Elder Carpenter and his companion, Elder Parker. Mary recalls, "I was introduced to them by my friends. When Elder Carpenter smiled at me, I got butterflies in my stomach, and 1 thought to myself. There's my man.' "We all went in together, and he sat beside me. We chatted in German and how much we got out of the concert, I don't know." After a few months in Cincinnati, Elder Carpenter was transferred to Toledo and then Cleveland. Occasionally, Mary received a letter from him and they exchanged photographs. Mary says, "1 thought I would never see him again. Yet. somehow, there was a tender feeling we had toward each other--a kinship of spirit so to speak. He being a missionary and I a convert, we couldn't let our true feelings be known, but the Lord's hand was in it all this time. Why was I born in a land far across the sea. and he on the other side of the ocean? How were we brought together?" Elder Carpenter was released and went home to Manti. Mary did not hear from him for a long time. Although disappointed, she consoled herself by thinking, -But he didn't have a girl at home waiting for him." Then she received an announcement of his wedding to Bertella Allred dated September 14, 1916. Mary was devastated. Not long after the announcement Mary began to get the desire to go to Utah and be with the Saints. Her sister Theresa was planning to get married and she decided to go to Salt Lake City. She didn't know how she would get to Zion, as she didn't know anyone there. She said, The Lord opened the way for me, and 1 was guided by his spirit." Joseph Weidner from Salt Lake City was in Cincinnati on business and came to Sunday meetings where he spoke in sacrament 89
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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 326678
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