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This month’s genealogy quote comes from John Baird Dickson, a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1992. On October 5, 2013, Elder Dickson was released from the First Quorum and designated an Emeritus General Authority.
John Baird Dickson
This biographical sketch is adapted from “News of the Church: Elder John B. Dickson of the Seventy” from the Ensign, August 1992, page 77 on the occasion of his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
After receiving a mission call to Mexico in 1962, Elder Dickson learned he had bone cancer in his right arm. Doctors did not expect him to live more than a month.
Strong family support and the comforting words his father gave him in a blessing sustained him. Ten months later, he left for his mission grateful that his life had been spared, though his arm had been amputated.
What some may consider to be a handicap has never bothered him. “Losing my arm has proved to be one of the greater blessings in my life. I am more patient with other people because I have had to be patient with myself.”
In 1978 Elder Dickson returned to Mexico to preside over the newly created Mexico City North Mission. For the last eight years, he had been president of the Mt. Vernon Washington Stake.
His “most significant calling” is that of father to eight children (seven girls) and husband to “an angel from heaven.”
Genealogy Quote from John Baird Dickson
I testify that our Heavenly Father loves all of His children, that Jesus is the Christ, and that the gospel is available to all, both the living and the dead.” May 2013 Ensign, The Gospel to All the World.
Our October 2013 genealogy quote comes from author, Carl Sandburg (born 1878).
Among Carl Sandburg’s countless authored books, were children’s favorites, Rootabaga Stories (1922) and Rootabaga Pigeons (1923). These are interesting titles since his quote below refers to genealogy roots.
Some interesting facts about Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg was proclaimed as “a major prophet of civil rights in our time,” and was the first white man honored with the Silver Plaque Award from the NAACP.
“Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry. He was the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and another for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. H. L. Mencken called Sandburg ‘indubitably an American in every pulse-beat.’ . . . Sandburg was born in the three-room cottage at 313 East Third Street in Galesburg, Illinois, to parents of Swedish ancestry. At the age of thirteen he left school and began driving a milk wagon. From the age of about fourteen until he was seventeen or eighteen, he worked as a porter at the Union Hotel barbershop in Galesburg. After that he was on the milk route again for eighteen months. He then became a bricklayer and a farm laborer on the wheat plains of Kansas. After an interval spent at Lombard College in Galesburg, he became a hotel servant in Denver, then a coal-heaver in Omaha. He began his writing career as a journalist for the Chicago Daily News. Later he wrote poetry, history, biographies, novels, children’s literature, and film reviews. Sandburg also collected and edited books of ballads and folklore. He spent most of his life in the Midwest before moving to North Carolina.”
Genealogy quote from Carl Sandburg
When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found. They forgot where they came from.
Our genealogy quote today is by magazine editor and writer Shirley Jean Abbott Tomkievicz (born November 16, 1934).
To quote from The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, “Shirley Jean Abbott Tomkievicz . . . has achieved her greatest fame for her three volumes of memoirs, which detail the story of her family history and her own coming of age in Hot Springs (Garland County): Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South (1983), The Bookmaker’s Daughter: A Memory Unbound (1991), and Love’s Apprentice: The Education of a Modern Woman (1998), all written under the name Shirley Abbott. Critics have lauded her books as well-written examinations, not only of her own life, but of the South in an age of transition.
“Though now a resident of New York, Abbott continues to write about Arkansas for a wide audience in magazines and newspapers. She once commented, “I learned to respect and love history from being born a Southerner. To come from a definable place and to seek understanding of that place are incentives for the writer’s imagination . . . In 2005, Abbott received the Porter Prize, which is presented annually to an Arkansas writer of recognized literary excellence, for her nonfiction works, and, in 2008, she published her first novel, The Future of Love.”
Genealogy quote from Shirley Abbott
We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.
Our genealogy quote today is by John A. Widtsoe, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1921 until his death in November 1952.
John A. Widtsoe
John Andreas Widtsoe was a general authority in the LDS Church. He was also an educator who served as the director of the Department of Agriculture at Brigham Young University, president of the Utah Agricultural College (Utah State University), and became president of the University of Utah in 1916. He was also a noted author, scientist, and academician. His wife was Leah Dunford, a granddaughter of Brigham Young.
To quote from Wikipedia: “John A.Widtsoe was born on the island of Frøya in Sør-Trøndelag, Norway. At birth his hand was attached to the side of his head but he survived the operation to fix this problem. When Widtsoe was two his family moved to the Norwegian mainland city of Namsos. His father, also named John, died in February 1878. This left his mother Anna as a widow with two young sons to take care of: Widtsoe, who was then five, and his little brother Osborne Widtsoe. After this, the family moved to Trondheim. Here his mother was introduced to the LDS Church by a shoemaker. In 1883, Widtsoe immigrated to the United States with his mother and brother. They made it to Utah Territory in mid-November.”
After graduating from Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah, John A. Widtsoe later also graduated from Harvard University with honors in 1894. He then became head of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Utah State Agricultural College where he taught farmers better farming skills. In 1898, Widtsoe was ordained to the office of a Seventy and set apart to do missionary work in connection with his studies in Europe. He attended the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he graduated with A. M. Ph.D. degrees in 1899. For two years in the 1920s John A. Widtsoe lived in Washington, D. C. where he supervised the reorganization of the Federal Bureau of Reclamation.
Genealogy quote from John A. Widtsoe
These are trying days, in which Satan rages, at home and abroad, hard days, evil and ugly days. We stand helpless as it seems before them. We need help. We need strength. We need guidance. Perhaps if we would do our work in behalf of those of the unseen world who hunger and pray for the work we can do for them, the unseen world would in return give us help in this day of our urgent need. There are more in the other world than there are here. There is more power and strength there than we have here upon this earth. We have but a trifle, and that trifle is taken from the immeasurable power of God. We shall make no mistake in becoming collaborators in the Lord’s mighty work for human redemption. (From Conference Report, Apr. 1943, 39).