Monday, March 5, 2018

Pioneer Story Quilt- Still Moving


When you look at this quilt square can you see the white blocks like steps through the darker squares?  I hope it will remind you of footsteps, placed one in front of another. 

The story I hope you'll remember when you see this quilt square was shared during General Conference by Gayle M. Clegg.  
My husband’s great-grandfather Henry Clegg Jr. was a finisher. He joined the Church with his family when the first LDS missionaries went to Preston, England. Henry had a view of his destination in his mind as he and his wife, Hannah, and their two young boys immigrated to Utah. Henry left his older parents, who were too feeble to make such a long and arduous journey, knowing he would never see them again.  
While crossing the plains, Hannah contracted cholera and died. She was laid to rest in an unmarked grave. The company then moved on, and at six in the evening, Henry’s youngest son also died. Henry retraced his steps to Hannah’s grave, placed his young son in his wife’s arms, and reburied the two of them together. Henry then had to return to the wagon train, now five miles away. Suffering from cholera himself, Henry described his condition as being at death’s door while realizing he still had a thousand miles to walk. Amazingly he continued forward, putting one foot in front of the other. He stopped writing in his journal for several weeks after losing his dear Hannah and little son. I was struck with the words he used when he did start writing again: “Still moving.”
There will be days in your lives when you will feel like you can't keep going.  As a mom I wish I could protect you from those days.  When you come to one of those days I hope you'll remember to keep moving forward. 

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In scripture words always moving forward is described as "enduring" or "enduring to the end".  

But blessed are they who are faithful and endure, 
whether in life or in death, 
for they shall inherit eternal life.

D&C 50:5

I love you,


Monday, February 26, 2018

Pioneer Story Quilt- Lucy Mack Smith


Lucy Mack Smith is the mother of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  She was a woman of great faith and courage.  One time she was responsible to lead 80 members by riverboat to join with the larger body of saints.  It was cold, and tensions were high when they were told that the ice was blocking the way forward.  In her own words in "History of Joseph Smith" she records:
‘Now brethren and sisters, if you will all of you raise your desires to heaven, that the ice may be broken up, and we be set at liberty, as sure as the Lord lives, it will be done.’ At that instant a noise was heard, like bursting thunder. The captain cried, ‘Every man to his post.’ The ice parted, leaving barely a passage for the boat, and so narrow that as the boat passed through the buckets of the waterwheel were torn off with a crash, which, joined to the word of command from the captain, the hoarse answering of the sailors, the noise of the ice, and the cries and confusion of the spectators, presented a scene truly terrible. We had barely passed through the avenue when the ice closed together again, and the Colesville brethren were left in Buffalo, unable to follow us.”

I made this quilt square to remind you of the water wheels on the back of the boat and of God's power to help you when you come up against walls of ice in your own lives.  Lucy Mack Smith knew God would help them. I want you to know that God will help you too. 

"Our soul waiteth for the Lord; He is our help and our shield."   
-Psalms 33:20

Friday, February 23, 2018

Pioneer Story Quilt- The Power of our Covenants


Your fourth Great Grandmother (Grandpa Bob's Great-Grandmother) was named Mary Daybell.  She and her husband Finity Daybell heard the gospel from early missionaries in England. Here is part of the record kept by her son William Daybell:
The Mormon elders came through that part of the country and they listened to the gospel as it was taught by those elders.  My father was the first one to believe in their teachings; my mother couldn't believe the gospel for a long time... The elders taught that they must gather to Zion and she had great dread of crossing the ocean.  
But they finally received the gospel at the time when they had one child, the year of 1844 they embraced the gospel.  The testimony that was given to my mother when she was baptized caused them to have a desire to emigrate to Zion.  When she came up from the waters of baptism fear of the ocean and of leaving her home had left her.  She, from that time, had a desire to go to Zion.
Mary Daybell was given power when she was baptized to do the important things God was asking her to do.  Making covenants with God always strengthens us.

When you see this quilt square I hope you will think of Mary Daybell crossing the ocean.  She was able to do this because of the power of her covenants.  You will have the opportunity to make covenants with God too- at your baptism, taking the sacrament, and in God's temples.  Each time you do I hope you will be aware of the power God is giving you- power to overcome your fears and do the work God will give you.

I love you.  God does too.

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Mary and Finity Daybell: Charleston Cemetery, UT

Monday, February 5, 2018

Pioneer Story Quilt- Heading Out and Bringing Home

Dear Children,

Late in the fall of 1856 Brigham Young was informed that hundreds of saints, pulling handcarts and traveling slowly, were scattered across the plains.  He knew that without the help of the saints in the Salt Lake Valley most of them would die when winter hit.

The next day in church he got up and addressed the saints:

“I will tell you all that your faith, religion, and profession of religion, will never save one soul of you in the celestial kingdom of our God, unless you carry out just such principles as I am now teaching you. Go and bring in those people now on the plains”

Do you know how hard this must have been?  The saints in the Salt Lake Valley were still getting their own farms and homes ready for winter.  He was asking for the food they were storing for their own families.  Their husbands and fathers would be away for weeks in increasingly cold weather.

Of course it was hard.  But they did it anyways, because our Father in Heaven loves all of His children.  Hundreds of cold, starving saints were picked up by the men who left the comfort of their homes to follow God's command.  They were warmed, fed, and carried by wagon into the Salt Lake Valley.
A painting by Clark Kelley Price depicting two pioneer women sitting in a blizzard while one of them encourages the other to go on.
In your lives God will call you to help others- to serve missions, to be a visiting or home teacher, to share your talents with the church, to sacrifice to raise a family.  There will be work only you can do.  It will be inconvenient.  It will require that you walk away from other good things you are doing.  It will be hard, but God will be with you as you do the work He asks you to do.

Can you see how the triangles in this quilt block look like they are pointing out and then back in again?  I hope you'll remember that God needs you to go out and bring others back into the safety of the gospel, even when it's inconvenient and difficult.  God and His angels will walk out and back with you.

Love you forever- Mom

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pioneer Story Quilt- Log Cabin

Sweet children,

Can you see how this quilt block looks like a log cabin?  The red center represents love and the strips of brown fabric around it are like the logs that make a cabin.

Joseph Smith, his parents and 8 siblings lived in a small log cabin just like the one pictured here.  They worked hard together to make their home a nice place.  Together they read from the scriptures and prayed each night before bed.

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Joseph Smith said "I was born... of goodly parents... who spared no pains... instructing me in the Christian religion... and being in indigent circumstances [we] were obliged to labor hard for the support of a large family..."

A portrait by Dan Baxter of Joseph Smith’s family, consisting of nine children and two parents, in their home.
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He was living in this cabin when he went into the woods to pray about which church was true.  It was here that the angel Moroni came and visited him and taught him about the restoration of the gospel that he would participate in.

A painting by Tom Lovell depicting Joseph Smith sitting up in his bed under a patchwork quilt and seeing the angel Moroni in a white robe with his arms reaching out.
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As you build homes of your own someday I hope you will remember that God can do great things in small homes full of love.

Homes like the one you're growing up in now.  

Love you forever- Mom

Monday, January 22, 2018

Pioneer Story Quilt- Panguitch Quilt Walk

Dear Children,

An early group of settlers in Panquitch, Utah suffered through a terribly difficult winter with little to eat because of poor crops the year before.  When the snow was deep and the weather cold the families realized that they wouldn't make it to spring without extra food.  A group of seven men, probably all fathers, set out to travel to the nearest town to get food.  Their oxen pulled until the snow was too deep and with miles ahead the men set out on foot.  Each step plunged them deep into the snow.  Fighting through the deep snow was exhausting and futile.

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Knowing that their families would starve if they didn't complete their journey, they spread out their blankets and knelt down to pray for help.  When their prayer concluded they looked up and realized that they weren't sinking down into the snow while kneeling on the quilt.

They stood up, spread out another quilt ahead of them and walked from quilt to quilt across the snow and to the next town.  In this way they were able to get the food their families so desperately needed.

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In your lives you will find times where you feel stuck or like your best efforts aren't enough.  Pour out your heart to God in prayer.  Trust Him with your problems.  Ask Him for the help you need.  He heard seven men on a lonely snow covered mountain.  He will hear you, too.

"Ask, and it shall be opened unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened."   

-3 Nephi 14:7

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Every year Panguitch celebrates that God answers prayers by hosting a Quilt Walk to remember this miraculous story.  They also have an incredible statue to commemorate the story.

This quilt square was sewn to look like five little quilts laid down on snow.  The pattern is simply a nine patch, with tiny nine patch quilts in the corners and centers.  I hope that when you see it you will remember the power of prayer, and the God who loves you even more than I do.

Love you forever,


Pioneer Story Quilt- Introduction

A large group of men and women, all dressed as pioneers, walk down a road past a mountain, pushing and pulling handcarts full of equipment.

Darling Children,

I'm making a quilt for you, every square representing a story of pioneer faith and courage I'd like you to remember as you snuggle into the warmth of the blanket.

Dallin H. Oaks taught:
"It is not enough to study or reenact the accomplishments of our pioneers. We need to identify the great, eternal principles they applied to achieve all they achieved for our benefit and then apply those principles to the challenges of our day... We are all pioneers in doing so."
You will be pioneers in your own lives.  God will ask you to do difficult and sometimes painful things to bless your families and to build up the Kingdom of God.  It's my hope that these stories will bring you the strength and courage you need to face the challenges ahead of you.

Love you forever,